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Office of International Relations Internship

You may know the Smithsonian for our museums and collections, but we’re also a global organization, actively working in more than 100 countries around the world, including Brazil, Morocco, Iraq, Kenya, Panama, and Peru, to name but a few.

OIR serves as the central point for Institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of all international activities of the Institution. We advance the Smithsonian’s mission by leveraging the research, creativity, and expertise of the entire Smithsonian to push for greater reach, develop further relevance, and deliver profound impact globally. Underpinning all our work is a core focus on partnership and exchanging capacity with peers around the world.

OIR is offering a Fall 2022 Global Programs internship to support our office in its day-to-day functions, specifically our cultural program work. This OIR internship will provide professional development and learning opportunities for individuals interested in public diplomacy, museums, international relations, curriculum development, cultural exchange, and cultural heritage preservation. The intern will engage directly with OIR-led programs and develop organizational, interpersonal, and intercultural skills. Some specific projects the Fall 2022 OIR Global Programs Intern will support are:

• Capacity building and exchange with a small museum in northern Morocco: tasks may include reviewing and editing training materials; research for, reviewing, and editing museum labels and texts; supporting preparation for SI staff travel to Morocco; etc.
• Cultural exchange between U.S. and French students focused on Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Science for Global Goals Biodiversity! curriculum: tasks may include support preparing for meetings; taking and distributing call notes; reviewing workshop materials; drafting “storytelling” copy about the program; etc.
• Collections management and conservation exchange with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities: tasks may include helping prepare for multiple virtual workshop sessions; supporting collection of resources in English and/or Arabic; conducting follow-up from workshop sessions; helping schedule mentorship meetings; etc.
• Strategic engagement in UN climate change conference COP27: tasks may include planning virtual meetings, taking meeting notes, and supporting follow-up; reviewing and synthesizing related news and information documents; conducting research on relevant global initiatives and engagement opportunities; etc.
• Other duties as assigned, such as ad hoc support of OIR’s digital communications (social media, blog, etc.) and general office support and administrative activities.

Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, is essential. Strong candidates will have international or cross-cultural experiences and demonstrated interest or experience in museums or educational exchanges. An excellent command of the English language, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills, including writing, is required. Familiarity with a second language, particularly Spanish, French, or Arabic, is desired but not required. Previous experience in an office environment is a plus, but not required. Candidates must also be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.

This internship will run a minimum of three months beginning in August or September and may run between 24 and 32 hours per week. Occasional meetings beginning at 8:30am ET may be required. The internship may be virtual, hybrid, or in-person.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and personal statement addressed to Samantha Peterson at In your personal statement, please address why you are interested in the internship; any previous professional, educational, or personal experiences that are relevant (especially if not on your resume); and any unique qualities or perspectives you can bring to the internship. Applications must be received by July 15, 2022 to be considered.

Contact Information

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