Public Programs, Education, New Media, & Digital Outreach

The Office of Public Programs (OPP) serves the Museum's audiences both on- and off-site, through education, exhibition development, public programming, visitor services, Web and social media, and evaluation. The office is actively involved in developing new ways to make history come alive through innovative outreach programs that will reach the widest possible number of visitors.

Interns work with OPP staff, docents, and volunteers in a variety of capacities and on a range of tasks, including the following activities:

  • Welcome visitors and present history in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities
  • Wear historical costumes to promote specific historical themes or celebrations
  • Participate in interpretive planning, exhibition development, and prototype testing
  • Assist in development of school, teacher, and after-school programs
  • Assist in creating and administering content for the Museum's website, blog, and social media
  • Help to expand resources for object-based history for the Smithsonian's History Explorer 
  • Research and prepare oral histories for permanent posting on the website by utilizing the Museum's archives

Qualifications for all OPP positions:

  • Degree or expected degree in American history and culture, education, humanities, museum studies, museum education, music, communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interest in museum programs, production, education, history, and/or marketing
  • Strong writing, research, organizational, interpersonal, and computer skills
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing software a plus
The Lemelson Center

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation documents, interprets, and disseminates information about the role of invention in history, science, and technology. Interns will work with the staff in two hands-on spaces to engage young people especially in the exploration of invention and innovation.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of science and technology
  • Interest and skill in public speaking and teaching history and culture
  • Interest in using new media technologies for educational purposes
Department of New Media

The Department of New Media facilitates interaction with the Museum's collections, exhibitions, and programs, both inside and outside the Museum, through innovative and appropriate uses of technology. The department seeks individuals with expertise in Web development as well as those with less technical experience but with strong writing and research skills. Interns can assist in content, design, and development of Web pages, interactive technologies, the Museum's e-mail newsletter, online exhibitions, blog posts, and social media. Learn more about two internship opportunities for summer 2014 (deadline: March 1st). 

Qualifications:
  • Interest in using new media technologies
  • Strong writing and communication skills preferred
  • Skill in Adobe Photoshop, Web graphic design, or HTML programming a plus
James Lollar Hagan Internship

The James Lollar Hagan Intern will focus on ways to broaden access to our existing online women’s history resources. This is a low cost and simple way to make the women’s stories we tell easier to find and foster ways to incorporate more women’s stories into the history interests of our virtual visitors. Learn more about this opportunity.

Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Basic knowledge of American women’s history
Program in African American Culture

The Program in African American Culture offers learning experiences based on the stories, objects, history, and culture of African Americans. Interns help plan, research, present, and evaluate a variety of public programs. Past projects have included an annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the 1965 Alabama voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, and “Lift Every Voice” tours, where actors present historical interpretations of a variety of events and subjects.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of African American history and culture
  • Academic background in history, anthropology, political science, sociology, or fine arts
  • Interest and skill in public speaking and teaching history and culture
Program in Latino History and Culture

The Program in Latino History and Culture enlivens the collections and exhibitions at the Museum through programs and projects that reflect the history of Latino communities and cultures in the United States. Interns assist with the management, production, and evaluation of public programs; the development of a teaching collection, related curriculum materials, and interpretive guides on Latino history and culture; and the inventory of objects for themes relevant to Latino history.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of Latino history and culture and Spanish language
  • Academic background in history, anthropology, political science, sociology, or fine arts
  • Interest in museum programs, music, and the spoken word
The American Food History Project

The American Food History Project engages the public in understanding the American experience through food. From agriculture, to migration, to the legacy of Julia Child, our shared experiences with food connect us with the past, present, and future. The project seeks an intern with strong research and writing skills. The intern will work with the project team to develop and run interactive, engaging museum programming that will help connect the public with history through a deeper understanding of the role that food has and continues to play in American history.

Qualifications:
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience and/or interest in food history
  • Academic background in history or education with an emphasis on food history research
Daily Programs

The Daily Programs Department is responsible for daily interactive events and activities on the museum floor, including the museum’s theater program. Daily Programs is looking for outgoing interns to support the Department’s mission of serving and educating visitors. Interns help research, develop, and evaluate museum programming. In addition, interns engage museum visitors on the museum floor through interactive cart programs, by delivering visitor talks, and by assisting with theater programming.

Qualifications:
  • Interest, experience, and skill in working with the public
  • Academic background and interest in history, anthropology, fine arts, museum education, or teaching
  • Interest or experience in theater a plus
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra is the orchestra-in-residence at the Museum. It explores, presents, promotes, and perpetuates the historical legacy of jazz. Interns assist with concert presentation, music library evaluation, marketing, and management. Learn more about an internship with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Qualifications: