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Internal Communications Internship for the Office of Protection Services


Students will have the opportunity to design and develop products and campaigns to educate the OPS workforce on OPS’s mission, active projects, and accomplishments. To accomplish this task, students will use OPS’s communication tools, including web sites, newsletters, digital signage, and print products. The intern will assist in writing, photography, graphic design, and web development activities.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of communications within a highly-visible and large organization with varied audiences. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor public comments, including maintaining a database and drafting responses to reply directly to inquiries or comments from the public.
  • Attend Smithsonian events to develop content for OPS internal newsletter.
  • Provide support for various types of media projects, including taking photos of staff working and developing a photo repository.
  • Organize OPS-wide virtual and hybrid events.
  • Assist in the development of communications materials including newsletters, OPS-wide announcements, and printed materials.
  • Provide creative and strategic support in building communications plans.


  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred but not required
  • Excellent time management and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in partnership with a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities
  • Prior office experience preferred
  • A major in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field is preferred but not required
  • Ability to take and upload digital photos; photography experience a plus
How to Apply


Applications are accepted in the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).

Steps to Apply:

  1. Create an Account or Log In to SOLAA
  2. Click “Start Your Application”
  3. Use the dropdown menu to search for programs
    • Program Type: Internship
    • Office/Museum/Research Center: Office of Protection Services
  4. Click “Apply Now”

Files you will need to upload for your application

  • Transcripts (unofficial OK)
  • Essay:

No more than 2 pages double spaced using 12 point type

Please address the following in your essay:

1) Your academic history and any other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship focusing on internal communications

2) What you hope to accomplish through this internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals

3) Review the Smithsonian web site or visit our museums to find out what in particular about the Smithsonian interests you and leads you to apply for an internship here

  • References

Names and email addresses of two teachers who have agreed to serve as a reference for you

Please note: Through SOLAA you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web. Please encourage your references to submit by the application deadline. Reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference


Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Emily Clyne at


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