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The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
1100 Jefferson Dr., SW - Suite 3077
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.
25 hrs/week; 1 full semester
Mon - Fri, 10:00 am to 3:00/4:00 pm (plus 2-3 evening events throughout the semester)
Cat Aboudara, Program Coordinator; and Lauren Rosenberg, Program Coordinator
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.
S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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.
Intern positions at The Smithsonian Associates are available year-round. For more information go to http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/internships/start.aspx
Spring (January - May)
Summer (June - August)
Fall (September - December)
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.
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)
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
PO Box 23293
Washington DC 20026-3293
For more information about internships with The Smithsonian Associates go to:
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
- 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.