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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, Museum, 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.

Proposed Funding: Not Available

Agency Deadlines: OPEN

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


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Department/Area: Business, Public Policy, Technology

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, Museum, 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.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: Generally no (financial assistance is sometimes available on a limited basis).

Agency Deadlines: Applications are considered year-round.

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


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Department/Area: International Education, Public Policy, Museum, Arts & Humanities

Title: National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Brief Description: Fall, spring, and summer internships are offered to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs and to individuals interested in exploring museum professions. Internship opportunities are available in the following departments: conservation, curatorial, education, exhibits, photographic archives, public affairs, and registration. Candidates must have a background in art history, anthropology, museum studies, or a related discipline. Specific training in African art or other aspects of African culture is desirable, particularly in the Education and Curatorial Departments. Under the supervision of a staff member, an intern works for a minimum of 10 weeks, 20 hours per week.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: No

Agency Deadlines: Fall - June 15th, Spring - October 15th, Summer - February 15th

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


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

Title: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)

Brief Description: Each year a number of undergraduate and graduate internships are available at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Internships are offered during the summer, spring, and fall/winter semesters, and academic credit may be arranged through the intern's school. International students are encouraged to apply. While internships are unpaid appointments, they provide an excellent foundation for future museum work or art-related careers.

Applicants should have 15 semester hours of art history or equivalent academic preparation, with a grade point average of 3.25 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students. A specialization in modern and contemporary art history is helpful.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: No

Agency Deadlines: Fall - June 1st, Spring - November 1st, Summer - March 1st

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


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Department/Area: Arts & Humanities, Public Policy, Museum

Title: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Brief Description: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, along with its sister museum, the Freer Gallery of Art, are the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution and are jointly administered. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery with its pre-eminent collections of Asian Art complements the strong Asian holdings at the Freer Gallery of Art. It 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, July 15th for fall internships, and November 15th for winter/spring internships

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


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

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.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: No

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.

Contact Information: Internship coordinator, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012, Telephone: 202/633-0465

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