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Summer Camp 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: Provide much-needed support to the Summer Camp team by assisting with all aspects of the daily running of Summer Camp, including:

  • Supervision of campers and orchestration of Youth Teacher Assistant program
  • Upkeep of rosters and camper paperwork, communication with camp instructors and parents
  • Supply organization and procurement
  • Provide other assistance as needed

Professional Development Opportunities:             

  • Experience in arts administration
  • Creation of and execution of museum-based children’s programs
  • The opportunity to create Smithsonian camps for upcoming summers
  • Interaction with top-caliber camp instructors
  • Volunteer management experience


  • Background or strong interest in working with children and/or program administration
  • Ability to work quickly with great attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
  • Strong computer and communication skills
  • Capability to collaborate as a member of a team
  • Professional demeanor

Season:Summer (early June – late August)

Time Commitment:40 hours/week; 1 full summer

Schedule:Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 5:00pm during summer camp, 10:00am – 5:00pm prior to camp

Supervisor: 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. Interns may also participate in Before/After Care duties, and thus be eligible for a weekly stipend. Information about the Before/After Camp duties will be provided during the applicant’s interview, if selected.

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