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Public Affairs Internship

This internship is in the Smithsonian’s central Office of Public Affairs. It provides hands-on experience in area of public relations. Regular responsibilities include conducting research, creative and strategic planning for communications plans and media relations.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct research to inform media outreach.
• Build and maintain media lists.
• Assist with media relations, including responding to inquiries from reporters and drafting pitches.
• Assist in the development of communications materials including press releases, media advisories and media kits.
• Provide support for various types of filming requests and media interviews, including on-site staffing.
• Monitor news coverage of the Smithsonian to assist with daily clip reports.
• Provide creative and strategic support in building communications plans.

Learning objectives include:
• Enhanced understanding of external communications principles and the media landscape for museums and cultural institutions
• Creation of strategies, plans and creative concepts to reach targeted audiences
• Hands-on experience working with reporters

• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
• 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.

• The internship requires 20-30 hours per week

How to Apply

Please apply via SOLAA.

Search for "Office of Public Affairs" and select "Public Affairs Internship."

Please submit a resume and respond to the essay prompt in the application. Candidates may also include a writing sample that showcases their written communications skills including a press release, media advisory, email pitch, etc.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Alexandria Fairchild,

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