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Studio 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:The primary responsibility will be research and development of an increased web presence for the Studio Arts department. This portion of the internship is somewhat self-directed with oversight by the Studio Arts Coordinator. Tasks include:

  • Maintaining/enhancing the Studio Arts social media profiles on Facebook & Twitter
  • Maintaining/enhancing the Studio Arts department fledgling art-related blog
  • Providing content for a Studio Arts landing page on the Associates’ website.
  • Assist the Associates’ Studio Arts department by providing program support including: logistical set-up, research, budgeting, marketing, and correspondence with staff, vendors, and the general public.
  • May also include direct, hands-on support for studio arts programs.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Expand internet research skills and gain experience in social marketing
  • Improve writing skills through a variety of communication mediums (formal correspondence, marketing materials, web content)
  • Hands-on participation in producing Studio Arts classes


  • Ability to work efficiently with attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word & Microsoft Excel
  • Internet research skills, including social media and networking sites
  • Knowledge of and interest in the visual arts and continuing educational programming in a museum setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and work with loose supervision.
  • Applicant must be able to interact with many different types of people while maintaining a professional demeanor.

Seasons:Summer (Jun – Aug)

Time Commitment:25-40 hrs/week

Schedule:Mon – Fri, 10:00am to 4:00pm (days and times flexible)

Supervisor: Kathy Fuller, Administrative Coordinator for Studio Arts

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 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.