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    A little boring and a lot of old male academics...

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    Current Employee - Anthropology Department  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anthropology Department in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Smithsonian as an intern for less than a year


    I was great to be able to go on tours of the collections and be around tons of intellectual powerhouses. Some of these people literally wrote the book on the discipline.


    Being cooped up in an office on the top floors of the Natural History museum could get very isolating. It was also difficult to be around so many tenured members that were very much stuck in their ways of doing things. The average age of the department was over 60 and male which made it a very masculine, conservative environment to work in. Also, all the internships are unpaid.

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    It might have been nice for the interns to have more abilities to connect with other departments (or really for all the departments to work together more).

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Smithsonian Interviews

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at Smithsonian.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact and interview were clear but informal. The person conducting the interview was detailed about the expectations of when, where, and who of the interview including the dress code (which was informal). A single in person interview was conducted with introductions (after the interview) to other members of the work unit.

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    • The interviewer asked technical questions directly related to the mechanics of doing the actual job. Although potentially difficult, these are questions that a person interviewing for this position would be comfortable answering. In fact I found the interview easy and relatively low stress (if such a thing is possible).   Answer Question
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    Ha! There was no negotiation. I was contacted by the HR department with the job offer (position and starting salary being offered). The negotiation consisted of either accepting their offer or declining employment.
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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1846
Type Non-profit Organisation
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (AUD) per year
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The Smithsonian Institution has many hats, from the one worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies, to the one worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated. One of the world's leading cultural institutions, the Smithsonian houses more than 137 million objects in 19 museums and galleries, most of which are on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Some 30 million people every year view the Smithsonian's exhibits on art, music, TV and film, science, history, and other subjects. Admission to all but one of the Smithsonian's facilities is free; only the... More

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