Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Smithsonian Internships this Summer

All Smithsonian internships are real-world learning opportunities guided by a mentor. In the past, this has meant that would-be interns needed to physically travel to the Smithsonian in order to do an internship…but no longer.

Digital technology permits the Smithsonian to offer a growing number of internships that can be conducted, still with guidance from a Smithsonian mentor, online. You can be a Smithsonian Virtual Intern wherever you are.

For example, apply for the Community and Constituent Services Internship – Interview Project (English)

Project Description: The National Museum of African American History and Culture is looking for one or more virtual interns interested in gaining experience in conducting interviews by email and Skype, composing press releases and preparing museum profiles for a newly redeveloped African museum membership website series. Selected candidates will work closely with and be supervised by NMAAHC Community & Constituent Services staff.

Learning objectives include:
  • Learn how to successfully conduct remote interviews to gain pertinent and useful information.
  • Write engaging institution profiles and interviews.
  • Build communication skills by engaging with African partners to conduct interviews and gather information.
  • Learn about the link between cultural heritage and development, with a focus on its importance in Africa.
  • Develop a basic understanding of project proposal development and relationships with donors.
Application requirements are as follows:
  • Résumé
  • Telephone Interview
  • Reference Letter
  • Writing Sample
Project Deadline: 01/15/2014

To apply, please complete this online application.

Please contact Deborah Mack at, if you have any additional questions.

This just one of the many opportunities at the Smithsonian this summer. To learn more, check out:

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