“As part of the Development branch of the museum, the Office of Special Events at the National Museum of American History 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. Our 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 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. Special Events Interns attend the events as described above and assist with the coordination, while developing the skills necessary to plan and execute events. They learn to plan menus, décor, and entertainment. They also learn to create invitations lists, manage responses and guest lists, and take the lead on the printing and mailing of invitations. They are exposed to the nuances of protocol and frequently accompany staff members on site visits with potential donors and walk-throughs with clients and vendors. In addition, interns learn to manage the museum-wide special events and conference room calendar.
The deadline for summer applications is Friday, March 17, 2017. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcript to NMAHSpecialEvents@si.edu. While the position is unpaid, we typically offer a $300 travel stipend to cover transportation costs to and from the Museum. If you have any questions or would like additional information about our program and how to apply, please contact Sarah Loux, Special Events Coordinator, at LouxS@si.edu or by calling 202-633-3318.”
Additional information can be found at http://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship/opportunities/special-events, including testimonials from past interns.
Information about events at the Museum can also be found by visiting http://americanhistory.si.edu/museum/special-events.