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Digital Marketing 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 Activities:

Supports Marketing Dept. by assisting with various digital marketing projects such as:

  • Research marketing and social media campaign results, conduct surveys, create presentations, and report findings
  • Determine target audiences and build extractions for e-mail campaigns
  • Design, copy write, and deploy eCommunications to targeted audiences with a broad array of messaging
  • Create promotional and informational content for the Smithsonian Associates Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest accounts
  • Generate promotion packets for speakers and partner organizations
  • Research and help implement new strategies for expanding social media reach and engagement, as well as promote tickets sales to the millennial demographic
  • Additional projects as assigned based on marketing needs and skills of applicant.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Develop enhanced communication skills for customer relation and marketing
  • Become familiar with common eMarketing tools, reporting and best practices that are valuable for future employment
  • Gain exposure to a wide variety of real life marketing needs and solutions, as well as educational opportunities
  • Practice database management and learning to target campaigns for greater ROI and lower COS, to ensure successful marketing approaches
  • Gain experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), WordFly, Tessitura (CRM), Google Analytics, Social media platforms (Hootsuite, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest,Wordpress), basic design (Canvas/photoshop).


Candidates should possess:

  • Strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; impeccable attention to detail
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Basic facility with computers and technology; basic html knowledge preferred
  • A basic knowledge of Photoshop and aesthetic abilities
  • Flexibility and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. College students at the junior, senior and graduate levels studying marketing, communications, music/arts administration or public relations are preferred.

Seasons: Spring (Jan – May), Summer (Jun – Aug) and Fall (Sept – Dec)

Time Commitment: 25-32 hrs/wk; 1 semester

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; schedule can be flexible

Supervisor: Jeanie Arnold, Social Media and Digital Marketing Specialist

Stipend Support: 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 dates below:

Fall Positions: July 1

Spring Positions: October 1

Summer Positions: February 1

Applications received after these dates will be considered on an opportunity available basis.

To Apply: Complete the online application at Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at or (202) 633-8631.