Smithsonian Associates Performing Arts Intern
ABOUT SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
For more than 50 years, Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections, and exhibitions, each year nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages.
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
Hours flexible; one full semester
Monday to Friday, timing flexible
Liz Paige, Program Coordinator, and Brigitte Blachere, Performing Arts Manager
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.
S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
• Spring - January to May
• Fall - September to December
To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by the following dates:
• Spring Positions - October 1
• Fall Positions - July 1
Applications received after these dates will still be considered on an as-needed basis.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT
Ms. Heather Jaran
PO Box 23293
Washington DC 20026-3293
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Internships at Smithsonian Associates are available year-round.