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Smithsonian Gardens Winter Education Internship

Smithsonian Gardens Education InternshipApplications for 2013 Smithsonian Gardens winter internships should be received no later than November 1, 2012.

Smithsonian Gardens designs, manages, and maintains the gardens and grounds of the many Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., which attract over thirty million visitors each year. The Collections Management and Education branch is responsible for developing educational programs and materials as well as managing the Archives of American Gardens and a collection of garden furnishings and horticultural artifacts.

The Smithsonian Gardens’ Education and Outreach Winter Internship

This internship focuses on developing educational content for use in a pilot program dedicated to fostering a healthy environment in local schools through gardening. Working closely with a DC public school, the educators and intern will guide students in exploring and studying green spaces in their own community.

The intern will attend all school meetings, contribute to curriculum design, update the project website, write blog posts, and provide general program support. The intern will also contribute weekly to various social media platforms. There may be an opportunity to develop interpretive labels and content for a final exhibit or write curriculum materials, depending on the interests and experience of the intern.

This project will serve as a research for a future smart phone app where youths across the nation can participate by sharing their community’s garden stories with Smithsonian Gardens. The intern will participate in the smart phone app planning and development meetings.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and have completed coursework or be currently enrolled in courses in museum studies or museum education, history, horticulture education or another related field. Applicants must have excellent organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills, and strong writing skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required; experience with digital photography, social media, curriculum writing, and conversational Spanish a plus.

Internship Details 

Start date: January (flexible)
2 to 3 days a week for 10 to 16 weeks –also flexible.
Stipend of approximately $100-200 a week.
Course credit for this internship can arranged through your school.
Opportunities to complete special projects that may relate to the intern’s special area of interest.

How to apply 

To apply, applicants must register and submit an application online at Smithsonian On-line Academic Application System (SOLAA) at

On SOLAA, you can locate Smithsonian Gardens’ internship application under the

Next, under “Program that you wish to apply for:” select “Smithsonian Gardens Internship
Program.” Choose the “Winter 2013” cycle.

Applications for 2013 Smithsonian Gardens winter internships should be received no later than November 1, 2012. 

For additional information, contact us at

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