Working at the Smithsonian
Special Events Staff
- There is a Special Events office in each museum and research center as well as a central office.
Special events offices organize a variety of events from festive exhibition openings to donor receptions, dinners for corporate
partners, events for professional and trade associations and the occasional Inaugural Ball.
- Special events positions require experience in party or event planning, skills in negotiating with
caterers, musicians and other contractors and outstanding organization and decision-making skills.
- Knowledge of protocol is also very useful, as it is not unusual to have members of Congress,
celebrities or even Heads of State at an event.
- Employees may occasionally do advance work for a Smithsonian official representing the Institution at an event outside of
"Working at the Smithsonian"