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Smithsonian Studio Arts Internship-enhancing the Studio Arts social media
Date inactive: 12/19/2013

Smithsonian Studio Arts Internship.  Description:  About TSA:     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 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 TSA website.
The intern will also assist the TSA Studio Arts department by providing program support including: logistical set-up, research, budgeting, marketing, and correspondence with staff, vendors, and the general public including direct, hands-on, support for fall and/or winter studio art programs.

Professional Development Opportunities:
•     Expand internet research skills and gain experience in social marketing
•     Improve writing skills through 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.

Contact: Meg Smolinski.  Status:  Part-time.  Job Locations: Washington, D.C.
Period of Employment:  Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter 

Compensation Type:  Unpaid

The following qualifications are desired: Student Status:  Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA:  3.00 
Cover Letter Required:  Yes 
Other Requested Materials:  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.

Application Method:  via URL (http://intern.si.edu/
Additional Instructions:  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.