Studio Arts Intern
About Associates: Smithsonian Associates 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 Associates’ website.
- Assist the Associates’ Studio Arts department by providing program support including: logistical set-up, research, budgeting, marketing, and correspondence with staff, vendors, and the general public.
- May also include direct, hands-on support for studio arts programs.
Professional Development Opportunities:
- 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.
Seasons:Summer (Jun – Aug)
Time Commitment:25-40 hrs/week
Schedule:Mon – Fri, 10:00am to 4:00pm (days and times flexible)
Supervisor: Kathy Fuller, Administrative Coordinator for Studio Arts
Compensation:All Associates internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern’s university/college.
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 date below:
Summer Positions: February 1
Applications received after this date will still be considered on an as-needed basis.