Smithsonian Reviews

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    My experience interning at the natural history museum was good, extremely relaxed, and I had a lot of independence

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    Former Employee - Smithsonian  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Smithsonian in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern for less than a year


    Excellent managers, cutting-edge research, very relaxed workplace, people who tend to be good at what they do (at least in the research department) with a lot of creative staff. A lot of museum perks - roaming around, free imax tickets.


    Pay is pretty low, there isn't much guidance - at least where I was working, but that can be good too. The office we were in was pretty terrible, and the internal network (in terms of data storage and access) is pretty difficult to deal with and very disorganized.

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Smithsonian Interviews

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014

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    Museum Technician Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    Negotiation Details
    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 (CAD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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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