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Smithsonian Sleepovers Intern

About AssociatesSmithsonian 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:

Intern will assist with all aspects of the Smithsonian Sleepovers program, including:

  • Research, budgets, logistical set-up, maintaining inventory, marketing, coordinating volunteers
  • Provide direct, hands-on support through the design and production of printed educational materials, and onsite support the night of the sleepovers. Some evening and weekend hours.
  • Opportunity to also provide assistance to other cultural and educational programs.

Professional Development Opportunities:             

By working closely with the Program Manager, the Intern will coordinate and manage all aspects of Smithsonian Sleepover program and gain experience in educational and cultural event production.  Opportunities include: creative thinking, organizing and maintaining the budget, customer service, trouble-shooting/problem-solving, adapting to different situations, multi-tasking, researching, coordination at events, maintaining supplies, editing promotional materials, communication, organization and time management, event management.


  • Experience and/or interest working with children ages 8-12 and their parents/chaperones
  • Background or strong interest in education, music, dance, theater, or event planning required
  • Ability to work quickly with attention to detail both independently and as a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet
  • Must be able to interact with many different types of people while maintaining a professional demeanor

Season:Summer (May – end of Aug)

Time Commitment:Hours flexible; 1 full semester

Schedule: Part-time or full-time, times flexible- sleeping over in the museum is a requirement

Supervisors: Liz Paige, Program Coordinator, and Brigitte Blachere, Program Manager

Compensation: All Smithsonian 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.

To Apply: Complete the online application at Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at or 202.633.8631.