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Smithsonian Performing Arts Internship
Date inactive: 12/19/2013

Employer: The Smithsonian Associates

Description: The 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 will assist with all aspects of TSA 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 and Summer interns will also assist with the planning, preparation and/or execution of TSA's Smithsonian Sleepover program. 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. Qualifications:• 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 summer 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

Locations: Washington, D.C.

Compensation Type: Unpaid

How To Apply:  You may apply online at http://intern.si.edu/ and then clicking on the words Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).  You will need to answer all questions and attached a resume and writing sample and most recent transcripts.  Those writing your letters of recommendation (We need two letters of recommendation.) will enter those letters themselves or you may do so for them if you have the letters of recommendation.  If whoever is writing the recommendations has trouble with SOLAA, they may send the recommendations to me by email (TSAInternships@si.edu).  Please use the Help function if you need assistance with SOLAA; SI staff members WILL respond promptly to you questions. Tips for application success:  Apply early; use standard English; proof your work; request and read the position description for the internship you are seeking before you apply; tailor your resume to the position being applied for; enter into SOLAA the names and email addresses of those two individuals who will write recommendations for you and then hit the Send button so they are notified; ensure all application materials are entered into SOLAA prior to hitting the Submit button.  A complete application consists of the application form, resume, writing sample, most recent transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.  If you have any questions, please write to TSAInternships@si.edu. TSA offers internships in the winter-spring, summer, and fall. There are no application deadlines, but early submission is encouraged. Interns at the Smithsonian are required to undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting through the Office of Protection Services before they are accepted into an internship. winter-spring (early January – March/April), fall (August/September – November/December), summer (early June – late August)