LxL™ & Smithsonian Institution Collaboration

The Learning by Leading™ program at AU in partnership with the Smithsonian is dedicated to helping students find their passions in ways that promote innovative thinking, teamwork, leadership skills, and literary knowledge on environmental issues.

Smithsonian Garden Ambassadors

The Smithsonian Educators program

If you have an interest in education and working with the environment, apply to the Learning by Leading™ Smithsonian Gardens Ambassador program!

Learning by Leading™ is an opportunity for students to learn how to develop their own projects from start to finish in away that facilitates teambuilding and the ability to pursue environmental topics to create educational programming.

The Smithsonian Gardens is looking for a team of enthusiastic students with a passion for the environment, education, and community outreach to join the American University Learning by Leading™ internship program!

With knowledgeable staff and the resources of the Smithsonian, students are given the opportunity to create environmental educational programming that can look different semester to semester!


LxL™ Co-Coordinator Job: paid part-time job requiring a minimum of three hours per week. Read the application by clicking on the job title above. Application deadline is August 15th.

LxL™ Smithsonian Ambassador Intern: part-time position requiring a minimum of three hours per week, participants are offered academic credit through American University. Read the application by clicking on the job title above. Application deadline is September 2nd.

Explore Past Projects

The Edid A. Haupt garden at the Smithsonian Institution

Garden Ambassadors at the Smithsonian Institution both design and contribute to educational programs. In the past, employees and interns have collaborated on numerous projects including The Garden Gate: Careers in Gardening

The Garden Gate is an ongoing podcast and video series dedicated to educating and encouraging listeners to join environmental and gardening careers.

Click here to explore their YouTube channel.