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Performing Arts 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 Associates’ Performing Arts programming, including:

  • Research, booking, budgets, contract negotiation, season planning, logistical set-up, and marketing
  • Provide direct, hands-on support through the design and production of printed event programs, flyers, patron correspondence, and onsite support of performing arts, film and family programs
  • Assist with box office and house management duties during some evening and weekend productions
  • Spring interns will also assist with the planning, preparation and/or execution of the Associates’ Smithsonian Sleepover program.

Professional Development Opportunities:             

By working closely with the program manager, the intern will gain experience in all aspects of program and event production, including: budgeting, performance reporting, customer service, trouble-shooting/problem-solving, adapting to different situations, multi-tasking, creative thinking, researching, coordination at events, creating and maintaining inventories, editing promotional materials, communication, box office and house management, organization and time management, event management.


  • Experience and/or interest in supporting performing arts presentations, house management, arts management, and/or event planning
  • Background or strong interest in music, dance, theater, or event planning required
  • Preferred that spring applicants have an interest and/or experience working with children ages 8-12
  • 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

Seasons:Spring (Jan – May) & Fall (Sept – Dec)

Time Commitment:Hours flexible; 1 full semester

Schedule: Mon – Fri, timing flexible

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

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

Applications received after these dates 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.