2016 Summer Internships
Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.
The application process is now closed.
Applications for 2017-2018 are expected to open in October 2016.
Eligibility varies according to internship. A few are geared to undergraduates completing their degrees in May and June 2016, but most are for currently enrolled graduate students of all levels and those graduating in May or June 2016 with a relevant degree (such as MA, MBA, MFA, M Arch, M Ed, JD, or MLS). Please check prerequisites carefully. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.
Summer interns will be in residence at the Gallery from June 6 to August 5, 2016. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500 that is subject to all applicable taxes. Interns, using an authorized public transportation method, will receive an employer-provided fare subsidy to apply toward their monthly transit costs.
Application Timeline and Procedures
January 11, 2016
Deadline for online applications. The application must include a writing sample (approximately 20 pages, including footnotes or endnotes, bibliography, and images). A full résumé or CV and one copy of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended are required. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
January 20, 2016
Semifinalists will be notified of their status and asked to contact the recommenders listed in the application. The letters must be submitted through the Online Reference Portal by your recommenders. You must enter your recommenders into the system before they can log in to use the Online Reference Portal. It is your responsibility to secure a commitment from each person who will write a recommendation and ensure they submit the letter by the deadline of January 29.
January 29, 2016
Deadline for recommendations.
March 11, 2016
Finalists will be selected.
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Gallery staff and outside specialists.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship 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.
Apply online for a 2016 Summer Internship
Applicants may list up to two projects, in order of preference, on the application.
- Architecture and Engineering
- Conservation: Paper
- Curatorial: American and British Paintings
- Curatorial: Old Master Prints
- Curatorial: Northern Baroque Painting
- Curatorial: Photographs, Women Photographers between the Two World Wars
- Curatorial: Photographs, Contemporary Photography
- Curatorial: Sculpture and Decorative Arts
- Curatorial: Film Programs
- Curatorial Records and Files
- Development: Fundraising and Stewardship
- Education: Art Information for the Public
- Education: Digital Outreach and Engagement
- Education: National Teacher Institute
- Exhibition Programs
- Facilities Management: Life-Cycle Analysis of Physical Plant Assets
- Facilities Management: Risk Management
- Facilities Management: Critical Utilities Infrastructure
- Horticultural Services
- Library: Rare Photographs Project
- Library: Reproductive Prints Project
- Media Productions: Website
- Music Department
- Personnel: Labor and Employment Law
- Publishing Office: Production Processes
- Technology Solutions: User Services
Architecture and Engineering
The office of architecture and engineering seeks a summer intern who is interested in the fields of architectural design and construction. We are looking for someone who can review project files, construction drawings, and progress photographs and produce concise, understandable presentation materials showing the development and evolution of the Gallery’s major building renovation projects. Although some background in architecture, planning, architectural history, historic preservation, or engineering is desirable, it is not essential. The ability to write well, communicate clearly, and understand how to visually document, chronicle, and explain our renovation projects is essential. The intern needs to be a self-starter, able to get answers to questions either by examining project documentation or consulting with staff members involved in our design and construction projects.
The intern will be assigned an archival arrangement and description project working with historical files, architectural drawings, media, or digital documents relating to the history of the National Gallery of Art and its landmark buildings. He or she should have knowledge of archival principles and procedures, familiarity with art or architectural history, and an interest in an archival career. Current art history, collections management, or archival studies graduate students and 2016 program graduates are invited to apply.
The intern will assist paper conservators in organizing and cataloging items in the Paper Sample Collection of historic and contemporary artists' drawing and printing papers. Other responsibilities will include recording watermarks photographically and researching papermaking companies. Current graduate students and 2016 graduates in conservation, studio art, or archival studies are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of paper and papermaking is essential.
Curatorial: American and British Paintings
The intern will assist with planning and research for an upcoming exhibition and publication devoted to American modernism. The exhibition will survey the contributions of the first generation of American modernists to the broader history of modernism in the 20th century with an emphasis on the period from the end of World War I to the end of World War II. Current advanced art history graduate students with a special interest in early American modernism, working knowledge of pertinent bibliographical and historical sources, and demonstrated excellent writing and research skills are invited to apply.
Curatorial: Modern Prints and Drawings
The intern will help catalog recent acquisitions of American prints and drawings and, time permitting, update collection records based on newly published catalogues raisonnés. The intern will also help with the organization of two upcoming exhibitions: The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. and Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art. Tasks may include assembling reference materials, maintaining bibliographies, updating research files, conducting research on selected topics, and administrative responsibilities relating to these exhibitions. Current graduate students studying art history or museum studies and 2015 MA graduates of such programs are invited to apply. A demonstrated interest in the history of prints and an understanding of printmaking techniques is preferred.
Curatorial: Old Master Prints
The intern will assist in updating collection records in his or her area of art historical interest; cataloging a large group of Daumier lithographs in the Corcoran Collection and fine illustrated books from the collection of Paul Mellon; and assisting with the everyday duties of the Study Room, including a class or group presentation. A demonstrated interest in the history of prints, an understanding of printmaking techniques, and good reading knowledge of French are required. Current advanced graduate students in art history or 2015 graduates of such programs are invited to apply.
Curatorial: Northern Baroque Painting
The intern will work with curators to study and interpret objects from the permanent collection, chiefly but not exclusively those works recently acquired from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tasks include updating bibliographies, researching, and writing about objects in the collection for online dissemination. Current advanced art history graduate students with a special interest in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, working knowledge of pertinent bibliographical and historical sources, and demonstrated excellent writing and research skills are invited to apply.
Curatorial: Photographs, Women Photographers between the Two World Wars
The intern will assist in research and organization for an upcoming exhibition on women photographers working from the 1920s through the 1940s. Tasks may include assembling reference materials, maintaining bibliographies and chronologies, establishing and updating research files on individual photographers, conducting research on selected topics, and administrative tasks relating to the exhibition. The intern may also work on other projects related to the storage and care of the permanent collection as needed. We welcome applications from 2016 MA graduates and current art history graduate students. Knowledge or coursework in the history of modernism, 20th-century art, or photography is preferred.
Curatorial: Photographs, Contemporary Photography
The intern will assist in research and organization for an upcoming exhibition on the photographs of Sally Mann. Tasks may include assembling reference materials, maintaining bibliographies and chronologies, establishing and updating research files on individual photographers, conducting research on selected topics, and administrative tasks relating to the exhibition. The intern may also work on other exhibition projects and tasks related to the storage and care of the permanent collection as needed. We welcome applications from 2016 MA graduates and current art history graduate students. Knowledge or coursework in the history of contemporary art or photography is preferred.
Curatorial: Sculpture and Decorative Arts
The intern will work with the curators and object conservators to study and interpret objects from the permanent collection of sculpture and decorative arts, chiefly but not exclusively Italian (15th and 16th century) and French (18th and 19th century). The works in question might be sculpture in stone, bronze, terracotta, or wood, as well as furniture, ceramics, enamels, or textiles. Tasks may include research and updating bibliographies on objects in the collection for online dissemination. Important qualifications include the ability to work independently and advanced reading knowledge of Italian or French.
Curatorial: Film Programs
The intern will be involved in the assessment of the film program’s film library collection, in collaboration with the head of the department. The department's collection of media works about art and artists, as well as productions made by artists (altogether, several hundred 16mm and 35mm films of historical interest, as well as multi-format videotapes and DVDs) will be assessed for future digitization and access. A special interest in film and video collection management and stewardship are essential, as is the ability to work independently and communicate effectively. Basic knowledge of the history of art and film is also recommended. Training will be provided for the technical aspects of the internship. Other duties may include the creation of notes for the public film exhibition program and assistance with research and development for future public film programming. Current graduate students in relevant disciplines and 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor's degree are invited to apply.
Curatorial Records and Files
The intern will work with department staff to integrate documentation on accessions from the Corcoran Gallery of Art into the curatorial files, and to update bibliographic and provenance information in the collection database. He or she may also contribute to ongoing research about the provenances of permanent collection objects by conducting research outside the Gallery at institutions such as the National Archives and the Archives of American Art. The intern will also serve as a departmental assistant, helping staff and outside scholars use the curatorial files and assisting with the annual departmental inventory. Current art history or museum studies graduate students and 2016 graduates of such programs are invited to apply. A demonstrated ability for careful, precise, and independent work is essential. Familiarity with museum collection databases is preferred, as well as reading knowledge of Italian, German, or French.
Development: Fundraising and Stewardship
The intern will assist with the development department’s fundraising and stewardship efforts by performing research to identify new donor prospects and major gifts, drafting responses to donor queries, preparing paper and electronic stewardship documents and communications, working on departmental mailings for upcoming events, assisting in the preparation of departmental publications, such as the fall 2016 Bulletin, processing donor gifts, and providing administrative support. Current graduate students and 2016 graduates in arts administration, arts management, or other relevant programs are invited to apply. Strong research and editing skills are essential.
Education: Art Information for the Public
The intern will work with the art information program to staff the information desks, assist with volunteers, and research and prepare responses to written requests about art from the general public. He or she will also present three spotlight talks for adults in the galleries on premodern European or American works of art. Mentoring will be provided by professional Gallery lecturing staff. Current advanced art history graduate students are invited to apply. A demonstrated interest in working directly with the public is essential. Excellent English speaking and writing skills are required.
Education: Digital Outreach and Engagement
The intern will help us take content that’s already been developed in print form and come up with engaging ways to present that material to the public via digital platforms. This will include making web features and helping with social media. We use a content management system not unlike Wordpress so there are no technical requirements, but we are looking for people who have thought about how to convey art concepts with digital tools. Current graduate students in museum studies, museum education, art education, digital humanities, or related programs are invited to apply.
Education: National Teacher Institute
The intern will assist with the National Teacher Institute, a six-day professional development seminar held at the Gallery for two sessions during the summer. He or she will help develop and coordinate teaching resources, assist with program arrangements for speakers, and work directly with teachers during the institute sessions. The intern will also research educational materials for teacher programs in the academic year ahead. Current graduate students in art education, museum education, studio art, fine arts, or art history and 2016 graduates of such programs are invited to apply. Interest in working with K–12 teachers and expertise in PowerPoint are essential.
The intern will assist with research for a documentary film to be included in an upcoming exhibition of recent archaeological discoveries from China. Current advanced art history graduate students with a special interest in Chinese art and working knowledge of Chinese history are invited to apply. The intern will conduct research of images and archival footage to be included in the documentary film. Ability to speak or read Chinese is desirable but not required.
Facilities Management: Life-Cycle Analysis of Physical Plant Assets
One or two intern(s) will prepare a life-cycle timeline and cost analysis for the Gallery’s physical plant assets. Maintenance of these assets is essential to controlling temperature and humidity within the narrow range required for the preservation of the Gallery’s art collections. This internship comprises analyzing assets listed in the Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) database, verifying field conditions, analyzing energy savings, scheduling asset replacement over a 30-year period, and analyzing long-term costs using RS Means or other methods. The intern(s) should have a basic familiarity with identifying equipment such as motors, fans, and pumps, and materials such as roofing, masonry, and concrete. Candidates must be proficient in English, Microsoft Office Suite, and navigating and populating databases. The intern(s) should be able to work independently, with assistance from and in consultation with facilities management professional staff. Current graduate students in relevant disciplines and 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor's degree and acceptance into a graduate program are invited to apply.
Facilities Management: Risk Management
The intern will investigate the needs and options available for the Gallery to respond, recover, and restore facilities in the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster, bearing in mind that these facilities contain priceless fine art. The intern will research response plans and best practices at other similarly sized and local museums, and perform market research to identify consultants that have experience working with historic facilities and fine art museums in disaster recovery and restoration efforts. The intern will report written findings and a briefing of the study to the Facilities Management Division’s leadership team. Candidates must be proficient in English and Microsoft Office Suite. Current graduate students in relevant disciplines and 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor's degree and acceptance into a graduate program are invited to apply.
Facilities Management: Critical Utilities Infrastructure
The intern will investigate and report findings on the Gallery’s primary and redundant critical utilities infrastructure, including electricity, natural gas, water, chilled water, and steam. The intern will work with the operations department in the facilities management division to gather the existing conditions of the various utilities that serve the Gallery. The intern will assess the reliability of each utility and the redundancy of each should an outage occur. Additionally, the intern will provide analyses of the risk to the Gallery’s art collection due to a particular utility outage. The intern must be proficient in English and Microsoft Office Suite. The intern should be able to work independently, with assistance from and in consultation with facilities management’s professional staff. Current graduate students in relevant disciplines and 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor's degree and acceptance into a graduate program are invited to apply.
The intern's time will be divided between daily overall horticulture duties and a project collecting historical information for the horticultural services database. The intern will work on the Gallery's exterior landscapes and interior "plantscapes," including the greenhouses. The intern will also help the deputy chief in researching and compiling historical information from Gallery Archives, and entering data in the horticultural services database. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and excellent writing and editing skills are desired. Current graduate students in horticulture and 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor’s degree are invited to apply.
Library: Rare Photographs Project
The intern will assist with cataloging, inventorying, and digitizing the library's collection of rare photographs of works of art and architecture. The photographs, both individual and mounted in albums, date from the mid-19th to the early 20th century and represent all areas of Western art. Current graduate students in European or American art history (15th to 20th century) are eligible to apply. Advanced knowledge of at least one European language is highly desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of photographic processes and familiarity with museum registration or archives procedures and methods.
Library: Reproductive Prints Project
The intern will assist with cataloging, inventorying, and digitizing the Library’s collection of reproductive prints of works of art. The prints represent a variety of print techniques and depict works by Old Master artists. Current graduate students in European art history (15th to 20th century) are eligible to apply. Advanced knowledge of French or another European language is desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of printmaking techniques and materials as well as familiarity with museum registration or archival procedures and methods.
Media Productions: Website
The intern will assist the department by adding transcript information for all video content on the Gallery website to allow for increased access and by tagging all media (audio/video) with collection, media, and meta tags to associate media on the site with specific works of art in the Gallery’s collection, with specific series, and to create XML to populate aggregates. The intern may also assist in moving audio or video files to restructure the internal site architecture. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite is essential. 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor’s degree are invited to apply.
The intern will assist with all aspects of the Gallery’s Friday Jazz in the Garden and Sunday concert series programs. The intern will assist with multiple aspects of concert management, and will be asked to research and write program notes for scheduled 2016–2017 concerts. A research project devised in consultation with the division head will correspond with the intern’s special interests. Current graduate students in music or arts administration and 2016 graduates of such programs are invited to apply. Desirable skills include the ability to work either independently or as part of a team, excellent writing and research skills, and interest in multifaceted performing arts programming, with an emphasis on the visual arts. The ability to sing or perform a musical instrument is desirable.
Personnel: Labor and Employment Law
The intern will perform legal research and analysis related to employee and labor relations issues, and will assist in various stages of the disciplinary process. The intern may assist attorneys in the personnel office to prepare cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, or the Federal Labor Relations Authority by developing case files, assisting in discovery, and drafting motions. Only law school students who have completed their first year and are entering their second year of law school will be considered.
Publishing Office: Production Processes
The intern will assist in the preparation of exhibition-related publications, as well as materials for distribution and use at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. Projects may include working on exhibition catalogs, digital brochures, wall texts, an annual sales catalog, fact sheets on forthcoming publications, and "dummy" books or iPad presentations for catalogs in production. He or she will participate in the publication process, assisting editors, designers, and production staff as well as consulting with curators. Excellent communication and writing skills are required; experience with InDesign is desirable. Current graduate students in relevant disciplines and 2016 graduates with a relevant bachelor's degree are invited to apply.
Technology Solutions: User Services
The National Gallery of Art continues to advance its IT infrastructure by executing an annual refresh of hardware. The Gallery is seeking a summer intern to assist with replacing existing Windows computers. This is a customer service role, so candidates need to have excellent customer communications skills. Other necessary skills include: a solid understanding of Microsoft desktops and laptops, specifically Windows 7, familiarity with connecting PC hardware and peripherals, good fault-finding skills, attention to detail, and ability to follow procedures and provide customer feedback. 2016 graduates with relevant bachelor's degrees are invited to apply.
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