Brilliant people doing important work with fascinating treasures: to me that’s the Smithsonian. I’m particularly
lucky that I get to see the iconic objects and talk with the passionate people behind them. (Plus, I have a lot of
laughs with my creative colleagues.) It all adds up to powerful moments, such as when the Oklahoma city bombing
survivors came to our National Museum of American History to console the survivors of the 9-11 attack—I’ll never
forget that—and that’s just one of many. It’s a privilege and a public service to work here. I actually like to talk
to the tourists from all over the country who come to the Smithsonian; it’s their stuff; we just take care of it for them.
— Speechwriter to the Secretary, Office of Public Affairs
My job at the Smithsonian provides me a unique opportunity in that I get to work with every museum, center,
and division within the institution. The Smithsonian is so large with such a diverse culture that I am always
meeting someone new and saying “we do that too.” I love that my job is different every day and that the project
I work on has an entrepreneurial twist as we create something the Smithsonian has never done before. So in a way,
I get to play a scientist without really being one.
— Campaign Officer, Office of Advancement
The key question is this: Do you like getting up in the morning to come to work? I have answered “yes” to that
question for more than three decades. It’s hard to describe how the Smithsonian gets under your skin, but it does.
We have all kinds of personalities here, as you would expect, with a campus full of scientists, historians, curators,
artists, engineers, archivists, conservators, and more. The sheer diversity of people and their talents makes this a
great place to work. Plus, you feel proud when people ask where you work and you see their reaction when you say
“Smithsonian.” Really, there is nothing else like it. If you come to work at the Smithsonian, there’s a chance you
might get hooked; like me. And that’s a good thing.
Linda St. Thomas
— Chief Spokesperson, Office of Public Affairs
I enjoy working at the Smithsonian for many reasons. The museums have wonderful collections and dedicated staff
and volunteers. I have many opportunities to work with a wide range of people throughout the institution and interact
with the public. The visitors are often amazed by how much we have on display and how many excellent programs, tours,
and unique experiences we offer. It is a place where I am constantly challenged, involved, and feel like I am contributing
and sharing my expertise.
— Education Specialist,
Office of Education and Outreach
I love working at the Smithsonian because I receive the support and freedom to make the Institution more transparent
to our visitors. The diversity of the staff infuses the workplace with innovation, competition, and collaboration.
As a young professional, I have the opportunity to advance my career while pursuing the Smithsonian’s important
missions and strategic goals.”
Patrick J. Goar
— Developer, Accessibility Program
I love working at the Smithsonian because I get to do something different every day. From working on an archaeological
excavation in Kenya to talking with teachers about new discoveries in human evolution, from digging deep into new
research on the evolution of human diet to organizing public programs with scientists from around the world, I not
only get to pursue my passion for prehistory -- but I also get to share it. I feel a privileged to be part of the
— Research Scientist and Museum Educator, Department of Anthropology
Working in the Director’s office of NMNH I learn something new every day. I support the office with administrative
work but I also have opportunities to be hands-on, such as packaging specimens for the new Q?rius education center.
I am able to see how the museum is run, and also be involved in the educational/scientific programs side of the museum.
It’s great because I can see how my work contributes to a successful NMNH.
— Office Aid, Office of the Director
There are three important reasons why I love working at the Smithsonian! 1) It’s a world-class organization with a
knowledge base that exceeds any other. 2) My colleagues are interesting, intellectual, and well-informed on many
subjects. 3) Each day that I walk into the Museum of Natural History I know that I will be met with the opportunity
to learn something new.
— Administrative Project Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries
Since 2006, I fell in love with Barro Colorado Island and its staff. Their pride in being part of the Smithsonian
captured my heart ever since I tried to become part of Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s workforce, I even
applied from Costa Rica my home country. Finally in 2010, I was given the opportunity to work in this wonderful and
complex world of scientists. I enjoy deeply my work every day, because even though it is administrative, I know it
makes an impact in science. This has been the most amazing job I have ever had; it is quite an adventure to deal with
employees whose jobs can take place from a simple office, to a crane over the tree tops to an island in the middle of
the Panama Canal. I am very proud to work with people that have so much pride of their work and for the organization
they work for… Smithsonian Institution.”
— Director of Human Resources, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute