Education and Outreach

Available in summer, fall, and winter

Education and Outreach The Smithsonian Gardens' Education and Outreach internship fosters experience in horticultural programming.  It is designed to provide an intern with the opportunity to learn various components to develop education and outreach materials for curators, staff, and the general public.

Smithsonian Gardens' is both a public garden and an open-air museum, and out programming encompasses art, history, science, and culture. SG has recently embarked on a new educational initiative to enhance the museum visitor’s experience by transforming its gardens into an interactive and engaging learning environment. An Education and Outreach intern will play an important role in helping with this goal.

An internship with SG will give a student the chance to develop skills in public engagement, learn more about museum practices, and share your passion for education.  Interns will work primarily wiht the SG education manager to develop educational content for on-site programs, outreach materials, and SG's website. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in working at a museum, cultural heritage institution, or a public garden. Interns will acquire hands-on experience, complete meaningful projects with lasting value to SG, and get an inside view of the Smithsonian Institution.

Education and Outreach Internship

This education and outreach internship fosters experience in horticultural programming and is structured to provide an intern with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the areas of education, outreach, and/or research. The intern will have the opportunity to work on one or more of the following projects: develop and manage educational content for use in on-site programs; develop educational content on existing garden themes or special concepts; assist with developing training program materials for volunteers and interpreters; and create interpretive panels. The internship provides opportunities to learn the techniques and practices needed to develop education and outreach materials for curators, staff, and the general public. The intern will work with horticulture records and resources under the guidance of the Collections Management and Education staff to develop these materials. 

Social Media/Education & Outreach Internship

The intern will create content for a variety of social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr. There are also many opportunities to contribute to the SG blog, including researching our historical and living plant collections, interviewing staff, and going behind the scenes in our exhibits and greenhouses. Other projects may include writing copy for the education department and the SG website, revising the SG social media guide, or assisting with educational program development.

The ideal candidate has the following interests and skills:

• Interest in gardens, botany, food culture and history, horticulture, public history, or museum education.
• Strong writing and communication skills. 
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office and basic digital photography and editing programs. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and video editing a plus.
• Interest in learning new media technologies.


If you have questions regarding the internship application process, please contact the Intern Coordinator at (202) 633-5840 or e-mail at