The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development Intern will Develop new and improve existing (SOP’s) for a variety of complex operations. The SOP analysis and development will include, but are not limited to: chiller plant operations, emergency generator operations, emergency HVAC shutdowns, life safety system outages, and facility drain downs.  SOP’s will be developed by conducting research, interviewing Smithsonian FM specialists, reviewing existing SOP’s, and by going on in-person site visits.  This project will require the intern to split some of their work time between 1st and 2nd shifts.

  • 1st shift is from 7:30am-4:00pm
  • 2nd shift is from 3:30pm-12:00am

Appointment Details

Project Title Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development
Appointment Term Start Date May 29, 2018 End Date August 3, 2018
Location National Museum of Natural History
Stipend Stipends based upon funding availability. Normal stipend is $400/week.
Time Requirement This is a full-time 40 hour per week internship
Housing Interns must secure housing prior to the internship start date
Travel Travel to and from work location is the responsibility of the intern
Tentative Supervisor Daren Kennedy, North Mall Zone Manager

Project Outcomes & Assignments:

  • Identification of SOP’s that need to be updated or created based on OFMR’s needs
  • The development and/or revision of a minimum of 10 SOP’s
  • Develop, create, or update SOP binders in a specific organized format
  • Upload and organize electronic SOP library
  • Create SOP use and development training for SI staff
  • Develop written instructions for FM staff on how to use the SOP binder to help with their work, and how to access the SOP information electronically
  • Presentation to senior FM Leadership explaining and/or demonstrating their project outcomes

Learning Objectives

  • Increased understanding of facility operations
  • Increased knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system operation
  • Develop skills necessary to comprehend critical process sequencing
  • Learn about systems engineering technical skills for facilities management
  • Develop coordination skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop project management skills
  • Learn how to work together with a team to accomplish a common goal


  • Experience using Microsoft Office
  • Student must be a strong writer
  • Interested in facility management operations and systems
  • Be comfortable meeting project deadlines
  • Student must be in good current academic standing
  • Student must apply through Student Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA)
  • Student must be available for a video, phone, or in person interview by selection panel
  • Student must provide and verify housing for term of internship
  • Student must have a bank account for direct deposit of stipend payments
  • Student must be available to work 40 hours per week
  • Must provide proof of US Citizenship