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Editorial Services Virtual Summer Internship (PAID)

With museum labels, educational guides, blog posts, and more, on topics like popular culture, migration, and women’s history (just to name a few), the editorial output of the National Museum of American History is extensive and varied—and so too is the work of the Editorial Services office. Gain skills and practice in structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, proofreading, and fact checking, and learn about editorial management at one of the Smithsonian’s largest museums.

Civic Learning and Deliberative Democracy Virtual Summer Internship (PAID)

The intern will work closely with curatorial and audience engagement staff at the National Museum of American History to support the development “historic decisions” deliberation guides. These guides are developed in partnership with the Kettering Foundation with the goal of fostering civic engagement dispositions and deliberative discussion skills among middle and high school students. The intern will conduct research, identify primary sources, and assist with testing and prototyping to help the museum develop and publish at least two of these guides. The intern’s research will focus on two areas: (1) struggles for educational equity in the 1960s and 1970s, and (2) Japanese American Incarceration during World War II. These topics will serve as the basis for the two new deliberation guides. The intern’s primary work will be conducting research related to the setting and deliberative question of each guide, which will be determined in collaboration with the project team.

Communications and Marketing/Public Affairs Summer Internship

The National Museum of American History Office of Communications and Marketing ensures that museum maintains a positive relationship with the community and members of the press. Daily activities include responding to all incoming media queries; develops strategies for effective proactive information about museum activities; coordinates documentary film crews, approves outside media releases by agencies/donors, approves advertisements promoting exhibitions and public programs and handles any crisis issues. Among the events that communications and marketing stages are press previews, press conferences, exhibition dedication ceremonies, donation ceremonies (usually involving objects and sometimes celebrity donors) and press luncheons.

Special Events Summer Internship

The Office of Special Events plans and coordinates over 100 events each year including: exhibition openings, press conferences, donation ceremonies, staff receptions, donor cultivation events, and corporate dinners and receptions. Additionally, the museum is able to host social events including weddings, mitzvahs, birthdays, etc. The office is characterized by a busy but proactive environment that strives to forward the goals of the Smithsonian Institution by connecting with the community and public at large. We offer an unparalleled opportunity for students/individuals interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace.

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