Internships in the Museum Profession

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Internships in the Museum Profession at the National Gallery of Art provide institutional training to students interested in pursuing a museum career. Working closely with professional staff at the Gallery, interns participate in the ongoing work of a department, complete a project or a discrete portion of a larger project, and attend a weekly seminar that introduces the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery. Possible placements are in the conservation, curatorial, design, and education departments.


Although consideration will be given to students with a spring 2015 undergraduate degree, preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in a graduate program or are recent MA, MFA, or M Arch graduates (degree must have been received no earlier than 2014). Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.


Interns are in residence at the Gallery from September 14, 2015, to May 13, 2016, and work full time. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $26,000 that is subject to all applicable taxes.

Application Timeline and Procedures

January 12, 2015

Deadline for application packets. Send the application form, your full résumé or CV, a writing sample (approximately 20 pages, including footnotes or endnotes, bibliography, and images), and one copy of official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to our mailing address. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

January 21, 2015

Semifinalists will be notified of their status and asked to contact the recommenders listed on the application form. Semifinalists should request that letters be sent via e-mail to the Department of Academic Programs; the e-mail address is The e-mail subject line must include the full name of semifinalist. Reference letters (as PDF or Word document) should be included as attachments.

January 30, 2015

Deadline for recommendations.

March 13, 2015

Finalists will be selected.


Note: Should you have difficulty in securing transcripts, you may request that the records officer or registrar from each institution send the transcripts directly to the National Gallery via fax or e-mail. The fax number is (202) 842-6935, attn: Department of Academic Programs; the e-mail address is

For applicants at institutions that do not issue transcripts: send copies of comparable documents. If you have a question about what might be considered a comparable document, please contact

Application Packet

Please collate and send the application packet in the following order: 1) completed application form, 2) full résumé or CV, 3) a writing sample (approximately 20 pages, including footnotes or endnotes, bibliography, and images), and 4) transcripts (arranged chronologically, most recent first, if you are sending them to the Gallery directly).

Review Process
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Gallery staff and outside specialists.

Equal Opportunity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship, fellowship, or research assistantship without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. The National Gallery of Art offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity.



Department of Academic Programs
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Contact us by email
(202) 842-6257

Please do not contact Gallery curators or other department heads directly regarding possible placement or projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the FAQs about internships.