Smithsonian at 8 Intern

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The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
1100 Jefferson Dr., SW - Suite 3077
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

ABOUT TSA
The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) advances the Smithsonian Institution’s mission “to increase and diffuse knowledge” through life-enriching educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian’s research and collections for DC-region students, families, and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.

TIME COMMITMENT
25 hrs/week; 1 full semester

SCHEDULE
Mon - Fri, 10:00 am to 3:00/4:00 pm (plus 2-3 evening events throughout the semester)

SUPERVISOR
Cat Aboudara, Program Coordinator; and Lauren Rosenberg, Program Coordinator

COMPENSATION
All TSA Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern's university/college.

LOCATION
S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

TO APPLY
Complete the online application at http://intern.si.edu/. Click on the link for the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at TSAInternships@si.edu or 202.633.8641.

TSA WEBSITE
Intern positions at The Smithsonian Associates are available year-round. For more information go to http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/internships/start.aspx

SEASONS
Spring (January - May)
Summer (June - August)
Fall (September - December)

APPLICATION DEADLINES
To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by the following dates:
Spring - October 1
Summer - February 1
Fall - July 1
Applications received after these dates will still be considered on an as-needed basis.

REQUESTED DOCUMENTS
Prospective interns are required to submit the following:
1. Application for Smithsonian Institute Internships
2. Two letters of recommendation (usually from professors)
3. Recent writing sample (usually a paper written for school and at least two pages)
4. Most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
5. Resume

Interns at the Smithsonian are required to undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting through the Office of Protection Services before they are accepted into an internship.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Ms. Meg Smolinski
Intern Coordinator
PO Box 23293
Washington DC 20026-3293
TSAInternships@si.edu
Phone: 202-633-8641
Fax: 202-633-8909

For more information about internships with The Smithsonian Associates go to:
http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/internships/start.aspx

Responsibilities

INTERN DUTIES
Promotional and programmatic support for the “Smithsonian at 8” an after-hours, Smithsonian-wide series
targeted at young professionals. The intern will assist with general event planning as well as social media
outreach. Tasks include:
- Maintaining/enhancing the “Smithsonian at 8” social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
- Researching similar events in DC and beyond and suggesting best practices
- Logistical planning, including communicating with vendors, partners, artists and performers; ordering supplies; and attending planning meetings and discussions
- Event implementation, including greeting the general public and answering questions; helping with set-up and clean-up; and supporting vendors, partners, artists and performers by addressing equipment, technical, and other needs
- Assists the programming department with additional duties as assigned.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Apply internet research skills and gain experience in social media marketing
- Develop experience in event planning and production
- Improve writing skills through a variety of communication mediums (formal correspondence, marketing materials, web content)
- Expand professional network in producing “Smithsonian at 8” events

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS
- Ability to work efficiently with attention to detail
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word & Microsoft Excel
- Internet research skills, including social media and networking sites
- Knowledge of and interest in culture, art, science and/or history and programming in a museum setting
- Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
- Ability to creatively solve problems as they arise and work with loose supervision
- Must be able to interact with different types of people while maintaining a professional demeanor.

How To Apply

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