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TSA Studio Arts 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 primary responsibility will be research and development of an increased web presence for the Studio Arts department. This portion of the internship is somewhat self-directed with oversight by the Studio Arts Coordinator. Tasks include:

  • Maintaining/enhancing the Studio Arts social media profiles on Facebook & Twitter
  • Maintaining/enhancing the Studio Arts department fledgling art-related blog
  • Providing content for a Studio Arts landing page on the TSA website.

The intern will also assist the TSA Studio Arts department by providing program support including: logistical set-up, research, budgeting, marketing, and correspondence with staff, vendors, and the general public including direct, hands-on, support for fall and/or winter studio art programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand internet research skills and gain experience in social marketing
  • Improve writing skills through a variety of communication mediums (formal correspondence, marketing materials, web content)
  • Hands-on participation in producing Studio Arts classes


  • Ability to work efficiently with attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word & Microsoft Excel
  • Internet research skills, including social media and networking sites
  • Knowledge of and interest in the visual arts and continuing educational programming in a museum setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and work with loose supervision.
  • Applicant must be able to interact with many different types of people while maintaining a professional demeanor.

Terms:  Spring (Jan – May), Summer (Jun – Aug) & Fall (Sept – Dec)

Time Commitment:  25 hrs/week; 1 full semester

Schedule:  Mon – Fri, 10:00am to 3:00/4:00pm

Supervisor:  Marybeth Kelley, Program Coordinator for Studio Arts

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.