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TSA Social Media 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:

  • Create new content and research relevant content to publish to The Smithsonian Associates’ Blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts
  • Update account profile information and customize profile design
  • Monitor and respond to comments; engage fans and followers in conversation
  • Research and implement new creative strategies for expanding social media reach
  • Attend TSA events to develop content for blog and other social media platforms
  • Assist with monitoring and reporting on the success of social media initiatives

Learning Objectives:

  • Create and customize profiles and pages on new and existing social media platforms
  • Gain experience in communicating to a large audience and representing the Smithsonian brand
  • Network with interns in TSA 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, Typepad, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, 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) & Fall (Sept – Dec)

Time Commitment: 20 hours/week minimum; 1 full semester

Schedule:  Mon – Fri, timing flexible

Supervisors:  Public Affairs Specialist and Donor Events Coordinator

Award Package: None

Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by the dates below:  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.

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.