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Office of Advancement: Friends of the Smithsonian Office Internship Open for Applications!

Posted on December 14, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

OA Interns at FOS Event


The Friends of the Smithsonian Office (FOS) within the central Office of Advancement is responsible for providing stewardship and engagement for the Friends of the Smithsonian members, including members of the Castle Circle and the James Smithson Society – giving circles for members at the $1,000 to $25,000 level. The Friends membership program is the oldest and largest of all donor membership programs within the Smithsonian, with a total membership of over 70,000 households throughout the United States and globally.

The intern will learn practical, “real-world” skills in how a highly regarded non-profit organization operates with the Friends of the Smithsonian team, and will assist in managing a number of events and communications based projects, both online and offline. Involvement in below tasks will provide examples for a portfolio and are resume building projects.

The intern will learn how to perform the following:

Intern Learning Objectives Include:

  • How to plan events such as the 2018’s Annual Smithsonian Weekend including learning how to liaise with other SI units, as well as conduct research on and analysis of exhibits, tours, etc.
  • How to research and write articles for membership newsletter.
  • How to write, edit and/or proof read donor communications and membership collaterals such as brochures, letters, invitations, email communications, etc.
  • Learning proper protocol for interacting with members and donors through a variety of communications.

Desired Prerequisites include:

  • Microsoft Office Suite experience
  • Database knowledge
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Interest in fundraising
  • Customer service

How to apply:

Please submit an application using the Smithsonian online form https://www.si.edu/giving/careers/internships. In this form we request a current resume. A real plus is interest in the art and science of fundraising for a cultural organization like the Smithsonian.


The deadline for our spring 2018 program are being accepted on a rolling basis. The work schedule can be full time or part time and will be determined upon selection.

Additional questions contact:

Colleen Morith, morithc@si.edu or 202-633-2105