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TSA Development Intern

About TSA:   The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) advances the Institution’s mission “to increase and diffuse knowledge” through life-enriching educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian’s research and collections for DC-region students, families, and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.

Intern Duties:  The intern will assist with the daily general office duties in the Development department such as

  • Creation of marketing materials, cultivation and stewardship materials for donors
  • Preparation of acknowledgement letters, grants and sponsor proposals
  • Conduct online research for grants and donation prospects
  • Data entry in donor tracking software

Learning Objectives: 

  • Training and practice in development software platforms
  • Expand research and organizational skills
  • Exposure to macro (SI-wide) and micro (TSA) development efforts
  • Improve writing skills through variety of communication mediums (formal letters, marketing materials, web content)
  • Possible opportunity to participate in grant/proposal writing process
  • Network with interns in TSA and across the Smithsonian


  • Good research and writing skills
  • Professional demeanor, organizational and communication skills
  • Experience in a work environment interacting successfully with others
  • Ability to work quickly, and with attention to detail with confidential materials
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the Internet 

Terms: Spring (January-May); Summer (June-August); and Fall (September-December)

Applications Deadlines: Fall Positions: July 1; Winter/Spring Positions: October 1; Summer Positions: February 1 (Applications received after these dates will still be considered on an as-needed basis.)

Time Commitment:  24 hours/week; 1 full semester

Schedule: Three days per week, 9:00AM-5:00PM

Supervisor: Ruth Ann Clark, Development Assistant

Award Package: None

Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

To Apply: Complete the online application at http://intern.si.edu/. Click on the link for the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at TSAInternships@si.edu or 202.633.8641.