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Film Production 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:              

Support Marketing and Programming Depts. by filming and producing video content.

  • Attend and videotape select programs for promotional purposes
  • Develop B-roll and promotional videos as needed by the marketing department
  • Work with program managers to put together video clips for event presentations
  • Edit video clips based on various communication channels and audiences such as social media and email, as well as event demonstrations, teacher resources, and internal Smithsonian communication
  • May also include photography

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Develop enhanced communication skills for customer relation and marketing
  • Become familiar with common communication platforms and best practices
  • Gain exposure to a wide variety of real life film production needs and solutions
  • Work independently as well as cooperatively with a team in a non-profit setting
  • Work creatively on projects for the promotion of Smithsonian programs and events


Candidates should possess:

  • Strong creative, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced facility with computers and video editing software
  • Aesthetic abilities and impeccable attention to detail
  • Interest in gaining direct experience in marketing and programming departments
  • Flexibility and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • College students at the junior, senior and graduate levels studying television and film with experience in advertising communication, design, film production, screenwriting, and editing preferred.
  • Students must supply their own camera for projects.

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

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

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; schedule is flexible based on project needs

Supervisor: Jeanie Arnold, Social Media and Digital Marketing Specialist

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 dates below:

Fall Positions: July 1

Winter/Spring Positions: October 1

Summer Positions: February 1

Applications received after these dates will be considered on an as-needed basis.

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