ABOUT SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
Smithsonian Associates 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.
This internship offers the unique opportunity to immerse in all the Summer children’s’ program offered by Associates.
Looking for a team of interns both on in person and virtual.
Duties will vary based on location.
Smithsonian Summer Camp
Smithsonian Virtual Adventures
Provide support to the team by assisting with all aspects of the daily running of our summer youth and family programs including, but not limited to:
Supervision of campers and orchestration of Youth Teacher Assistant (YTA) program
Maintenance and execution of logistics required for all programming including internal paperwork, and external communication with registrants
Procurement and organizing of individual program materials
Over-sight of Before and After camp as well as lunch hour
Research, create and update Object of the Day and social media
Provide back end technical support for Virtual Adventures
Provide direct, hands-on support through the design and production of printed educational materials, and onsite support the night of the sleepovers.
Work to ensure all materials are available for each sleepover; some crafting may be needed, but not necessary.
Assist with House Management during Discovery Theater shows, when needed
Able to attend all sleepovers- evening and weekend hours.
Maintain and support clear lines of communication on all levels
Be flexible and ability to work where needed.
Provide other assistance as needed
Experience in arts administration and museum education
Creation and execution of museum-based children’s programs
Educational and cultural event production
Opportunity to create future programming ideas
Interaction with top-caliber camp instructors, performing artists and museum educators
Volunteer management experience
Experience or strong interest in working with children and/or program administration in a museum or classroom setting
Background or strong interest in education and/or special events planning required
Ability to work quickly with attention to detail both independently and as a team
Capability to collaborate as a member of a team
Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
Strong computer and communication skills
Must be able to interact with many different types of people while maintaining a professional demeanor
40 hours/week; 1 full summer
Monday to Friday**, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm during summer camp, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm prior to camp
Before and After Camp begin at 7:30am and 5:00pm
Sleepovers run 5:00pm- Midnight
** Saturday morning YTA orientation
Possible Saturday night Sleepover
Brigitte Blachere, Program Manager
All Smithsonian Associates 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. Interns may also participate in Before/After Care duties, and thus be eligible for a weekly stipend. Information about the Before/After Camp duties will be provided during the applicant’s interview, if selected.
S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and/or remote
Complete the online application at https://SmithsonianAssociates.org/Internships. Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at Associates-Internships@si.edu or (202) 633-8623.
Prospective interns are required to submit the following:
1. Application for Smithsonian Institute Internships
2. Two letters of recommendation (usually from professors)
3. A short essay (no more than 3 pages) addressing the following points:
_Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship.
_What you hope to accomplish through an internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals.
_What about Smithsonian Associates in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship.
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.
All academic appointees must be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized (or, for international remote interns, a WHO-recommended) COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements. Please see additional information regarding reasonable accommodations here: https://ofi.si.edu/internship-opportunities/
• Summer: Early June to late August
To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by February 1.
Applications received after this date will still be considered on an as-needed basis.
SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES WEBSITE
Intern positions at Smithsonian Associates are available year-round. For more information go to https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/internships/start.aspx
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT
Ms. Heather Jaran