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Youth and Family Programs Summer Internship at Smithsonian Associates

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.

This internship offers the unique opportunity to immerse in all the Summer children’s’ program offered by Associates. Looking for a team of interns both on in person and virtual. Duties will vary based on location.

Programs: Smithsonian Summer Camp; Smithsonian Virtual Adventures; Smithsonian Sleepovers; Discovery Theater

Intern Duties provide support to the team by assisting with all aspects of the daily running of our summer youth and family programs including, but not limited to:
• Supervision of campers and orchestration of Youth Teacher Assistant (YTA) program
• Maintenance and execution of logistics required for all programming including internal paperwork, and external communication with registrants
• Procurement and organizing of individual program materials
• Over-sight of Before and After camp as well as lunch hour
• Research, create and update Object of the Day and social media
• Provide back end technical support for Virtual Adventures
• Provide direct, hands-on support through the design and production of printed educational materials, and onsite support the night of the sleepovers.
• Work to ensure all materials are available for each sleepover; some crafting may be needed, but not necessary.
• Assist with House Management during Discovery Theater shows, when needed
• Able to attend all sleepovers- evening and weekend hours.
• Maintain and support clear lines of communication on all levels
• Be flexible and ability to work where needed.
• Provide other assistance as needed

Learning Objectives:
• Experience in arts administration and museum education
• Creation and execution of museum-based children’s programs
• Educational and cultural event production
• Opportunity to create future programming ideas
• Interaction with top-caliber camp instructors, performing artists and museum educators
• Volunteer management experience

• Experience or strong interest in working with children and/or program administration in a museum or classroom setting
• Background or strong interest in education and/or special events planning required
• Ability to work quickly with attention to detail both independently and as a team
• Capability to collaborate as a member of a team
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
• Strong computer and communication skills
• Must be able to interact with many different types of people while maintaining a professional demeanor

How to Apply

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.

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