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TSA National Education Outreach Intern

About TSA:  The 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:  Assist in the design, planning, and coordination of educational programs (featuring primarily Smithsonian speakers) around the U.S. Tasks include:

  • Researching topic areas and presenters
  • Planning logistics
  • Investigating potential clients
  • Assist in office management duties, including daily operations

Learning Objectives:

  • Attend job resource fairs and other events for Smithsonian interns
  • Develop program themes and participate in program planning meetings with Smithsonian museum and outside staff
  • Manage production of teacher resource binders
  • Write press releases, speaker bios and other program documents


  • Must be responsible, organized, creative, personable, and resourceful
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must possess professional demeanor, writing ability, telephone skills and research skills
  • Familiarity with computers, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, the Internet.

Terms:  Spring (Jan – May), Summer (Jun – Aug) & Fall (Sept – Dec)

Time Commitment:  32 hours/week, 1 full semester

Schedule:  Days and hours of work flexible

Supervisors:  Ann Post, Program Manager and Wally Mertes, Program Coordinator

Award Package:  None

Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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 still be considered on an as-needed basis).

To Apply:  Complete the online application at Click on the link for the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at or 202.633.8641.