Fall 2017 Special Events Internship, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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. 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. Our interns are given a great deal of responsibility and permitted the chance to develop their writing skills, interact with museum officials, work with caterers and vendors, and staff numerous special events. As an intern, you will be exposed to the nuances of protocol and frequently accompany staff members for on-site visits with potential donors and walk-throughs with clients and vendors.


Duties may include:

  • Coordinating and attending receptions, dinners, conferences, donation ceremonies, and other special events at the Museum.
  • Planning menus, décor, entertainment
  • Managing invitation lists, managing responses and guest lists, and taking the lead on the printing and mailing of invitations
  • Determining protocol and overseeing the printing and mailing of invitations.
  • Managing the museum-wide special events and conference room calendar

Fall will be a particularly exciting time to intern at the Museum! In October, we will hold our 3rd Annual Food History Gala. The Gala is a fundraiser for Smithsonian Food History programs and includes the presentation of the Julia Child Award by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Past recipients are Jacques Pépin and Rick Bayless. This fall, we will also present our third Great Americans award. Past Great Americans honorees are former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. These are only a few of the exciting events taking place this fall!

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcript to NMAHSpecialEvents@si.edu. Start and end dates and full time or part time availability should be included as well. The application deadline is Saturday, July 1st.  Please contact Sarah Loux at LouxS@si.edu with questions regarding the Special Events Internship.

More information is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship/opportunities/special-events.

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