Eric Woodard Becomes New Director of the Office of Fellowships and Internships

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  • Eric Woodard is named the Director of the Office of Fellowships and Internships. Woodard's first day at the Smithsonian is September 11, 2012. Woodard replaces Mary Tanner, who served as interim Director of the office since May of 2012.
  • Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Woodard served as Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, a Federal Advisory Committee charged with providing expert advice to the U.S. Government in the areas of natural science, social science, information, education, and culture. While there Woodard strengthened U.S. multilateral ties by encouraging U.S. engagement in a number of UNESCO programs such as World Heritage, Memory of the World, University Chairs, Associated Schools, Creative Cities, and the global network of UNESCO clubs. He spear headed a first of its kind inter-Commission virtual internship program and promoted U.S. nominations for a variety of international prizes and fellowships.
  • First coming to Washington, D.C., as an intern, Woodard held a variety of jobs in the city. During the Clinton Administration, Woodard was Office Manager to the First Lady and later served as Hillary Rodham Clinton's Special Assistant and Scheduler during her tenure as U.S. Senator. At both the White House and in the Senate, Woodard designed and managed a variety of programs for both interns and fellows. Woodard also authored "Your Last Day of School: 56 Ways You Can Be a Great Intern and Turn Your Internship into a Job" and a popular blog. He hosted a weekly internet radio show about internships.
  • Woodard grew up in Thailand and attended the International School of Bangkok. He holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Missouri and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.


  • Woodard, Eric
  • Tanner, Mary
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships & Internships


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SI Email Announcements, "Eric Woodard Named New Director of the Office of Fellowships and Internships," August 22, 2012.

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September 11, 2012


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