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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 Washington D.C.

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