Interns with 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 world's great cultural institutions. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the Institution and complement the intern's own interests, skills, and experience.
• Create new content and research relevant content to publish to Smithsonian Associates’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts
• Maintain schedule/editorial calendar for social media accounts
• Research and implement new creative strategies for expanding social media reach
• Attend Associates events to develop content for social media platforms
• Assist with monitoring and reporting on the success of social media initiatives
• Monitor comments; engage followers in conversation Learning Objectives:
• Create images and educational content for social media platforms to communicate with target audiences
• Gain experience in representing the Smithsonian brand
• Network with interns and staff in Smithsonian Associates and across the Smithsonian
• Enthusiastic about social media
• Excellent research and writing skills
• Professional demeanor, organizational and communication skills
• Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes
• Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking
• Comfortable utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Instagram, and Hootsuite
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
• Ability to take and upload digital photos; photography experience a plus
Seasons: Spring (Jan - May), Summer (Jun - Aug) and Fall (Sept - Dec) Time Commitment: 20 hours/week minimum; 1 full semester Schedule: Mon - Fri, timing flexible
Mentor: Lauren Lyons, Public Affairs Specialist Compensation:
All Associates internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern's university/college. Currently virtual.
Apply online through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Please carefully review the position description(s) prior to applying. You will need to provide the following: A current resume A short essay (no more than 3 pages) addressing the following points: -Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship. -What you hope to accomplish through an internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals. -What about Smithsonian Associates in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship. Academic transcript (unofficial are acceptable) Two letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, or recent employers Candidates will likely be asked to interview, either in person or over the phone, for their desired position.
For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Associates-Internships@si.edu