Evaluation and Research Intern Evaluation and Research Intern

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Location Washington, DC
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Application Deadline 7/15/15
Part Time
Part Time
Full Time
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Contact Information Internship Coordinator Smithsonian Institution Archives PO Box 37012 MRC 507 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Telephone - 202.633.5906 Fax - 202.633.5928 Email - [email protected]


The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) creates models and methods that make the Smithsonian a digital learning laboratory for everyone. SCLDA's primary audience is learners who connect with us through digital techNologies for informal learning experiences, which are linked to formal education. We provide extensive digital access to Smithsonian collections and programs to inspire personal exploration. Some examples of this work are: digital badging, online conferences, digital tool kits which assist our audience with making surprising learning connections; and researching how learners of all abilities engage with our digital resources within a museum context. This is Not a museum education department or public programs internship, and takes place mostly within an office setting. Students studying new media, digital learning, museum education, and evaluation methods are encouraged to apply.

We are located in Washington, D.C. and are metro-accessible. Our internships are unpaid, but we will work with your school if you’d like to receive credit.

Our highly competitive program has the following opening(s):


Eligibility Our internships emphasize learning and mentorship, and are designed for college upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. International students: We accept international students provided they are already in the U.S. studying on a visa through sponsorship of their school or university. Security All interns are required to undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting through the Smithsonian’s Office of Protection Services via the Office of Personnel Management before they are accepted into the program. How to Apply Please apply using the Smithsonian online application system https://solaa.si.edu. Paper applications will Not be considered. Incomplete applications will Not be considered. In SOLAA: (1) Select ‘SCLDA Internship Program’; (2) Select Project. We currently offer two internship tracks: (1) Digital Learning Projects and (2) Evaluation and Research Projects Please be aware that complete applications must include the following: - Resume - Academic transcripts (uNofficial are acceptable) - Essay that answers: 1) What do you want to learn from the Smithsonian? 2) What experiences have you had with digital media tools? 3) What do you like about museums? - 2 letters of reference either uploaded by you or by your reference (or a combination) Essential Tips for the Online Application: We’re Paperless! • Do NoT click submit on your application until all necessary components are uploaded (i.e. transcripts, essay, resume). Once submitted, you canNot upload or change anything within the application. You can however, save and return to your application during the process of applying, before submitting. • An uNofficial or official transcript can be uploaded by first scanning the document and saving it as a .pdf or .jpeg. Please do Not mail the transcript separately. • In the Reference Letter section, make sure that you click the “send email” button, and that you enter your reference’s e-mail address correctly. This triggers the system to email your referees with instructions for uploading the reference letter. Please advise your reference of this in advance.


Depending upon the students’ interests and experience—the project will be tailored to fit student learning goals. They will participate in a multitude of evaluation projects currently in progress at SCLDA. Past projects have included learning how to conduct an ethNographic study: how to shape such a study, how to take Notes, analyze and report them. Evaluate projects involving the SCLDA digital platform and visitors with special needs, e.g., interactives/scaling; implement literature reviews and participate in the conceptualization of related evaluation projects. Qualified candidates should be college juniors or seniors, or master’s students. Previous experience in museum settings is helpful.