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Social Media 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:

  • Create new content and research relevant content to publish to Smithsonian Associates’ Blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts
  • Update account profile information and customize profile design
  • Monitor and respond to comments; engage fans and followers in conversation
  • Research and implement new creative strategies for expanding social media reach
  • Attend Associates events to develop content for blog & other social media platforms
  • Assist with monitoring and reporting on the success of social media initiatives

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Create and customize profiles and pages on new and existing social media platforms
  • Gain experience in communicating to a large audience and representing the Smithsonian brand
  • Network with interns in Smithsonian Associates and across the Smithsonian


  • Enthusiastic about social media
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Professional demeanor, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes
  • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking
  • Comfortable utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Typepad, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, Hootsuite
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to take and upload digital photos; photography experience a plus

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

Time Commitment:20 hours/week minimum; 1 full semester

Schedule:  Mon – Fri, timing flexible

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 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.