Internships

As an intern, you will have the chance to work with professionals across the Institution.

Office of Advancement: Internships

The Office of Advancement accepts applications on a rolling basis year-round, but we typically fill internships for the summer, fall semester and winter/spring semester.

All internships are unpaid. We are willing to work with your educational institution to provide academic credit, if requested. All Internships are located in or near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, Washington, DC.

All candidates should have an interest in fundraising and a development-oriented career with a particular interest in the area selected. The ideal candidate should be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks or more, will be someone who can take initiative and work independently, and will require limited supervision. Familiarity with Excel, Word and databases is very helpful. Specific skills are required for the Communications Internship and the Online Marketing Fundraising Internship, as listed below.

To Apply
The fall/spring/summer sessions run from Septepmber to December/January to May/June to August. We are currently accepting applications. To apply, submit an application through the Smithsonian internship online system. Once you've completed your application, Emily Mann in the Office of Advancement will receive it and share it with the communications team.

Emily Mann
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MannE@si.edu
Phone: 202.633.5078

Internship Opportunities

Advancement Communications - Editorial

The Communications Editorial intern will undertake a practical, hands-on learning experience in a small, busy, agency-like environment, coordinating and producing a wide range of projects in support of the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement strategic fundraising communications efforts. These include:

  • Print and online materials, including the Smithsonian Annual Report, the IMPACT campaign newsletter, proposals, fundraising case statements, brochures, event materials, invitations, programs, presentations, remarks, and reports for Smithsonian boards and leadership;
  • Research, photo research, and other content preparation; social media;
  • Join a collaborative, creative team of writers andgraphic designers, working on projects across the entire Smithsonian.

This internship requires a commitment of 10-20 hours, and may be up to 40 per week. 

To Apply
The fall/spring/summer session runs from September to December/January to May/June-August. We are currently accepting applications. To apply, submit an application for the Office of Advancement Communications Editorial Intern through the Smithsonian internship online system. Once you’ve completed your application, Emily Mann in the Office of Advancement will receive it and share it with the communications team.

Please direct any questions regarding this or any other Office of Advancement Internship to:

Emily Mann
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MannE@si.edu
Phone: 202.633.5078

Data Quality

The Office of Advancement Internship in Daa Quality offers a hands-on experience working with the data that supports the Smithsonian's membership and fundraising activities. One of the great things about the Smithsonian is that its generous supporters often contribute to several (or many!) of the Smithsonian's 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. At the same time, that can present challenges in coordinating the data flowing in from all those sources, entered by many different programs and by the members themselves. The membership programs rely on Data Quality to make sure that the same person doesn't have multiple records, that the data is clean and consistent, and that the data is kept up-to-date. Among other opportunities, the Data Quality intern will participate in the continuous improvement of biographic data, perform data analysis, help identify "pain points" and improvements that can relieve them, and plan and impelemnt data initiaitves.

What Can a Student Expect to Learn During This Internship?

  • Learn how fundraising data supports the Smithsonian's mission and activities.
  • Identify the challenges of working with data in a large, complex and generally decentralized organization.
  • Learn about resources, tools and techniques to validate and refine data en masse.
  • Organize and lead projects to further refine and improve the data in the Smithsonian's Pan-Institutional Database for Advancement (PANDA).

Please direct any questions regarding this or any other Office of Advancement Internship to:

Emily Mann
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MannE@si.edu
Phone: 202.633.5078

Online Marketing and Fundraising

The Online Marketing and Fundraising intern will undertake a practical, hands-on learning experience in the Office of Advancement's online communications and marketing efforts, including opportunities for a content, web development or graphic design focus.

The intern can anticipate being a part of a talented and busy team and understaking a wide range of assignments that will directly contribute to the Smithsonian's mission and the team's high-quality results, and take away important skills for successful online marketing and fundraising strategy for large cultural institutions and nonprofits, including for e-mail, web, advertising and social media.

Learning Objectives Include:

  • How to curate content from around the institution for use in different email and web communications
  • How to create and execute cultivation campaigns such as newsletters, donor thank you emails and interactive activities from start to finish
  • How to create and execute fundraising campaigns such as appeals and membership renewals from start to finish
  • How to test, analyze and optimize email campaigns and web pages
  • How to manage a multi-department email calendar

Desired Prerequisites include:

  • Strong writing skills and/or design skills
  • Experience with and understanding of web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud products, such as Photoshop

This internship requires a commitment of 10-20 hours, and may be up to 40 per week.

To Apply
The fall/spring/summer session runs from September to December/January to May/June to August. We are currently accepting applications. To apply, submit an application for the Office of Advancement, Online Marketing and Fundraising Intern through the Smithsonian internship online system

Please direct any questions regarding this or any other Office of Advancement Internship to:

Emily Mann
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MannE@si.edu
Phone: 202.633.5078

Planned Giving

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts to the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution. The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The intern will gain real-world experience in a non-profit setting on a number of projects with the team of planned giving (PG) frontline fundraisers and estate administrator. The intern will:

  • Research and execute donor and internal stewardship projects
  • Compose monthly E-Newsletters to distribute to Smithsonian Legacy Society (SLS) donors
  • Provide event management and logistics support for OA donor events
  • Plan monthly Smithsonian museum/unit excursions for OA team
  • Facilitate logistics for the emerging Smithsonian Legacy Council's meeting and excursions
  • Provide administrative support for multi-unit PG surveys
  • Contribute to managing donor inquiry process and direct inquiries to appropriate PG team member
  • Prepare and mail SLS welcome packets and certificates to new qualifying members
  • Compose monthly SLS new member call sheets for SLS co-chairs
  • Prepare acknowledgement letters to estate executors and attorneys
  • Assist with bequest and charitable gift annuity termination process
  • Assist with review of legal documents and prepare estate files for digitization and archival 
  • Run gift, mailing and informational reports from database
  • Maintain and update donor records in database
  • Maintain and update filing system and procedures

Please direct any questions regarding this or any other Office of Advancement Internship to:

Emily Mann
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MannE@si.edu
Phone: 202.633.5078

Planned Giving - Marketing

The Office of Advancement oversees and guides the fundraising efforts to the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution. In addition to raising significant support for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution. The office engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The intern will gain real-world experience in a non-profit setting on a number of projects with the team of planned giving (PG) frontline fundraisers and estate administrator. The intern will learn how to:

  • Coordinate the revision of PG website and marketing materials
  • Manage fulfillment and data entry of PG opinion survey responses
  • Coordinate donor story creation for website using contract writer
  • Assist with details on PG marketing efforts
  • Create and maintain an archive of past and current marketing efforts
  • Maintain working document of planned giving specific database coding with instructions of use
  • Prepare select donor file documentation for digitization
  • Assist with travel planning

Please direct any questions regarding this or any other Office of Advancement Internship to:

Emily Mann
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MannE@si.edu
Phone: 202.633.5078

Internship Opportunities Across Smithsonian

Advancement Internships at Smithsonian Museums, Research Centers and Programs

Visit the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and choose the unit that interests you to find out if there are any open positions.