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Office of Special Events and Protocol Internship

An internship with the Smithsonian’s Office of Special Events and Protocol provides college and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in the museum field through coordinating and assisting with a vast array of events that can include visits from heads of State, museum exhibition openings, black tie dinners, conference luncheons, opening ceremonies and symposia hosted by the Board of Regents, the Secretary, Under Secretaries, Museum Directors, or other senior staff.  Working closely with the Special Events and Protocol staff, interns will gain experience in formulating, developing and executing all programmatic and logistical elements of assigned events.  Other specialized areas for interns to explore include budget preparation and reconciliation, contracts, event management, public relations, problem solving and diplomacy.
Participating interns can spend up to ten weeks during the course of their study working in the Office of Special Events and Protocol as well as any of our other area Smithsonian Museums, Research Centers or off-campus facilities. Candidates for an internship in the Office of Special Events and Protocol must be current college or graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Contact : Elizabeth Kendler, Senior Special Events Coordinator

Contact Phone: 202-633-2045

Contact Email:

Term: Ten (10) weeks

Apply Through: SOLAA

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