Education and Public Engagement

The Office of Education and Public Engagement (OEPE) 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 OEPE 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 (see Web and Social Media opportunities)
  • 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