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Media and Public Affairs Internship: National Museum of Natural History

mediaDESCRIPTION: Interns will assist with the activities of the National Museum of Natural History’s Office of Public Affairs. Primary projects include: acting as liaison between media and museum scientists, working with VIP’s, local, national, and international film and television crews, maintaining an extensive media database of all museum media references, writing and updating press materials including news releases fact sheets, and web copy, as well as general administrative office tasks. Experience with social and digital media strategy preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS: Undergraduate level; strong communications skills; excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The intern will gain experience working in an active public affairs office and learn how to present natural history stories to the media.

TIMETABLE: Indefinite



PHONE: 202-633-0826


All applicants must submit the following materials to the project contact:

  • Completed Smithsonian internship application (please e-mail project contact for the application)
  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay: The essay should discuss why you are seeking an internship, especially as related to your academic or professional development and goals. Indicate the types or areas of work in which you wish to participate and/or experience and explain why the Smithsonian staff and facilities are particularly well suited to your needs. The essay should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.