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Department/Area: Education, Sciences, Community, Agriculture, Business, Nursing, Arts & Humanities, Social Research

Title: Early Childhood Mini-Grants Program

Brief Description: The sponsor provides grants aimed to stimulate new ideas and innovation among those working with very young children and their families. These grants help organizations improve social and emotional development in children, ages birth to six years, by providing money to: seed new programs; strengthen leadership and expand training in the early childhood field; engage parents and increase their ability to be the primary educators for their children's development; raise public awareness--support policy analysis and advocacy in the field; and fund the purchase of needed materials, equipment, technology, and furnishings. Only tax-exempt organizations providing services in Orleans Parish are eligible.

Proposed Funding: Mini-grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 are awarded for one year, and may be renewed for an additional year if outcomes are met. Purchasing of needed materials, equipment, technology, and furnishings will be funded up to $1,000.

Agency Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time.

Website Address: http://www.imhno.org/imh_mg_grants.html

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Department/Area: Arts & Humanities, Public Policy, Business, Education

Title: The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)

Brief Description: Complementing Smithsonian museums' research, exhibitions, and collections, The Smithsonian Associates' educational activity consists of program-based outreach initiatives. Through a curriculum consisting of hundreds of courses, lectures, tours, seminars, and other educational experiences, TSA forms an ongoing, systemic center for the study of the humanities, arts, and sciences. TSA interns are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children.
Interns with The Smithsonian Associates are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the worlds great cultural institutions.
Intern projects both benefit the Institution and compliment applicants own interests, skills, and experience.

Interns may be placed in the following departments:
Programs - Work in tandem with TSA program teams to help research, plan, or manage lectures, performances, seminars, series, and courses. Programming internships are available with either the Performing Arts or Local Tours Teams.
Public Affairs - Assist with all aspects of publicizing TSA programs. Fulfill press requests; help draft media releases and calendar releases.
National Outreach - Provide support in creating programs for national audiences including conducting research, developing contacts, and assisting with design and marketing.
Marketing/Membership - Help to devise and implement mechanisms for marketing TSA membership and programs to the public and assist with the development of new audiences.
Discovery Theater - Assist with house duties for the theater; conduct research for Discovery Theater's Learning Guide for teachers.
Young Benefactors - Assists with the planning of the YB Annual Gala and other YB activities, researching potential donors for the Silent Auction, database maintenance and various necessary office work.

Proposed Funding: Internships at The Smithsonian Associates are unpaid. College or university credit (based on school requirements) may be given.

Agency Deadlines: Applications are considered throughout the year.

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm

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Department/Area: Business, Arts & Humanities, Pubic Policy

Title: Office of Public Affairs (OPA)

Brief Description: Assists with the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, writing press releases, media advisories and public service announcements, as well as call to reporters to "pitch" the Folk Life Festival. Other support duties include compiling mailing lists, faxing and copying press releases, and stuffing press kits. Arranges interviews with reporters and Festival organizers, and escorts media to various Festival sites. Assists in putting together publicity report detailing media coverage of the Festival. Also may be given some writing assignments for the Smithsonian employee newspaper, the Torch.

Agency Deadlines: OPEN

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm

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Department/Area: Business, Public Policy

Title: Office of Product Development & Licensing (PD&L)

Brief Description: The Office of Product Development & Licensing (PD&L) was established in 1985 to preserve the trust that is innate in the Smithsonian name while creating collections-based products for the retail marketplace. The licensing program is based on contractual agreements that are mutually and financially beneficial to both the companies and the Institution. PD&L has the unique challenge of translating the artifacts, images, and knowledge of the Smithsonian into merchandise that will help expand the Smithsonian's presence in the non-museum, commercial arena.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: Term: 2-3 months (30-40 hours per week)
Stipend: Daily commute - local transportation paid

Agency Deadlines: Open

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm

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Department/Area: Business, Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Education, Public Policy

Title: Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A)

Brief Description: The Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A) Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students. An OP&A internship provides experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative policy-related studies of major Smithsonian programmatic and administrative activities. In addition, the office conducts studies of Smithsonian visitors and program participants. Interns either work as collaborators with OP&A staff in data collection, analysis, and presentation of results or undertake independent projects. A social science related background (management, business, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, education, etc.) and some coursework in qualitative or quantitative research methods are helpful. Academic credit can be arranged.

Agency Deadlines: Applications are considered year-round.

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm

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Department/Area: Graduate, Arts & Humanities, Education, Public Policy, Business

Title: National Postal Museum - Museum-wide Internship Program

Brief Description: The National Postal Museum showcases one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic materials in the world. The museum houses six major galleries that highlight a range of topics, from the earliest history of the mail and its rapid growth as a modern enterprise, to the art of letter writing and the beauty and lore of stamps.

Education Level: Undergraduate, some high school

Areas of study: American studies, Postal history, Transportation history, philately, education, exhibits, collections management, public affairs

Agency Deadlines: OPEN-Accepted year round

Website Address: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/involved/7c_internships.html

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Department/Area: Business, Sciences, Architecture, Education, Public Policy, Graduate School, Arts & Humanities, International Education

Title: Freer Gallery of Art

Brief Description: The Freer Gallery of Art, along with its sister museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, are the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution and are jointly administered. The Freer Gallery of Art houses one of the most distinguished collections of Asian art in the world today, as well as the largest collection of work by James McNeill Whistler. The Gallery supports advanced research and disseminates the results through exhibitions and publications. Internships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for special projects and general departmental work in the following departments. Administration, Collections Management (Registrar), Conservation and Scientific Research, Curatorial, Design and Installation, Development, Education (including public programs), Library and Archives, Publications, Photography, Public Affairs, and Shops. A working knowledge of pertinent Asian languages is suggested for curatorial internships.

Agency Deadlines: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15th for summer internships (or longer internships beginning in the summer), July 15th for fall internships, November 15th for winter/spring internships.

Website Address: http://www.asia.si.edu

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Department/Area: Business

Title: James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration

Brief Description: This program was established in honor of the late James. E. Webb, Regent Emeritus and former Administrator of the National Air and Space Administration (NASA), to promote excellence in the management of not-for-profit organizations. Internships are offered to U.S. minority undergraduate seniors and graduate students majoring in areas of business or public administration. These opportunities are intended to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in the management of not-for-profit scientific and cultural organizations. Interns are placed in offices, museums, and research institutes throughout the Smithsonian Institution.

Proposed Funding: Term: 10 weeks (starting in June), Stipend: $450 per week

Agency Deadlines: February 1st

Website Address: www.si.edu/research+study


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