Smithsonian Discovery Theater Museum Theater and Education Intern

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The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW - Suite 3077
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Full-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.

ABOUT DISCOVERY THEATER
The Smithsonian's Discovery Theater is dedicated to offering the best in live performance for young people that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and our world. Each season we tap into the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution to present relevant, culturally accurate entertaining programs. We offer dozens of interactive productions that feature puppets, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, and even mimes!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
• The intern will be exposed to artistic administration including season planning, developing museum theater pieces, and using theater as an educational tool
• If schedule permits, the intern will have the opportunity to assist the Director on a produced show and/or assist in creating the script or PowerPoint presentation

TIME COMMITMENT
30 - 40 hrs/wk; 1 full semester – 1 academic year

SCHEDULE
Weekdays with an occasional weekend day or evening, flexible

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.

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.

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

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

Responsibilities

INTERN DUTIES
• Attend meetings, rehearsals and possible auditions
• Write report of each activity attended and create action items generated
• Meet daily with staff to discuss completed programs and upcoming events
• Generate, edit and update scripts, learning materials, and online content
• Explore the Smithsonian, thinking about the potential connection to DT programs. Share those thoughts with Director in short storyboards or written idea papers
• Usher and assist at DT events, programs and show
• Write weekly reports outlining tasks completed, challenges and reflections

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS
• We seek candidates who have strong organizational and communication skills.
• Candidate should also be responsible, creative, personable and resourceful
• Must have a professional demeanor, writing ability and internet research skills
• Familiarity with computers, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• A history or interest in theater and/or arts education and administration is a must!

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.

DESIRED MAJORS
The following student majors are desired for this intern position, but other areas of study will be considered:

Theater
Early Education
Business Administration
Performing Arts
Art Administration
Arts Management

How To Apply

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