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The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
1100 Jefferson Drive, 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.
• Coordinate monthly press mailings
• Maintain schedule of calendar submissions to local media
• Fulfill press requests
• Contact media to relay program information
• Compile publicity reports detailing media coverage
• Update and maintain media lists
• Research additional media outlets and organizational contacts via Internet
• Draft press releases and public service announcements
• Assist with social media outreach
• Some general office duties including fax and copies
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
• Writing media material to a professional draft level
• Interacting with members of the press
• Social media account management
• Media list building with public relations software, Cision
• Pitching to media
• Preparing publicity reports
Spring (Jan – May), Summer (Jun – Aug) & Fall (Sep - Dec)
Hours flexible; 1 full semester
Monday - Friday, timing flexible
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.
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.
Spring – October 1
Summer – February 1
Fall – July 1
If you have any questions, please contact:
Ms. Meg Smolinski
1100 Jefferson Drive SW - Suite 3077
PO Box 23293
Washington DC 20026-3293
For more information about internships with The Smithsonian Associates go to: http://residentassociates.org/ticketing/internships/start.aspx
• Education/background in marketing, communications, public relations, or related field.
• Professional demeanor, interpersonal communication and organizational skills are highly valued.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, Internet research, and social media websites, including Twitter and Facebook.
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.
The following student majors are desired for this intern position, but other areas of study will be considered: