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Office of Advancement (OA) Graphic Design Internship



Project Description: Intern with a “creative agency” inside the Smithsonian, helping leadership shape and disseminate the Institution’s fundraising messages by creating a wide range of award-winning fundraising materials. Help craft compelling messages in all media for the leadership of the Smithsonian’s advancement office and fundraisers the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo.  You will engage in valuable, hands-on learning with a team that consists of the Communications Director, the Communications Manager, two writers and two graphic designers. Intern will also interact with the Online Fundraising team.


Intern Qualifications: The intern should have enthusiasm for graphic design and creating compelling communications materials in all media; experience in Adobe Creative Cloud  (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Bridge), web and video media; and follow current design trends and design directions.

Learning Objectives:  Learn to create a wide variety of print communications (using InDesign); infographics; website creative content (banners, emails, other graphic content). The intern will also learn to put together presentations (PowerPoint slides); video projects; photoediting and photo research (PhotoShop, Bridge). Intern will also learn to work with vendors on print specifications and proofs, and much more.

Unit:  Smithsonian Office of Advancement
Department:  Communications
Start Date: Winter: January; Summer: May/June; Fall: Sept.
End Date:  Winter: April/May; Summer: Aug.; Fall: Dec.
Duration:  3-4 months
Weekly Commitment:  20-40 hours

To Apply: We are always accepting applications and fill one position each semester on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply using the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, contact information for 3 references, transcripts and a link to your portfolio. Once you’ve completed your application, Emily Mann in the Office of Advancement will receive it and share it with the Communications team.

Contact: Emily Mann, Intern Coordinator, Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution, MannE@si.edu, Phone: 202.633.5078

Award Package: None, but community service, internship or volunteer hours can be validated for academic purposes