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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received by the education staff.

If you do not find an answer to a question that you have, please email your query to [email protected]. Questions of general appeal to our website visitors will be posted as time permits.

My school requires me to complete a two-week service project. Can I help at the Gallery?

All students interested in volunteering at the Gallery must apply for the Teen Volunteer Program and be available to work for one semester (fall or spring term) for a minimum of 30 hours of service. We are not able to sponsor student internship or service projects at this time.

Do you have art classes for teens outside of school hours?

Rising juniors and seniors may apply for Museum Makers: Exploring Art and Museums. This multiple-visit program meets on Saturdays in the fall and introduces upper-level high school students to art history, museum careers, and graphic design.

How much do your programs cost?

All programs at the National Gallery of Art are offered free of charge.

Do you have internships for teens at the Gallery?

No; the Gallery offers internship programs for students who are completing undergraduate degrees and pursuing graduate work in the field of art or art history. We do have a volunteer program for teens.

How can I volunteer at the Gallery?

Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the Gallery’s Teen Volunteer Program. Selected volunteers work for one semester; fall term (September–December) or spring term (January–May) and must complete a minimum of 30 hours of service. Students applying for the Teen Volunteer Program must be enrolled in high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia.

Can you help me with a research paper or project?

The Gallery has many online resources that may be useful for your research assignment. You can browse highlights of the Gallery’s collection or search for a specific work of art by artist’s name, title, medium, and time period. There is also an archive of video and audio tours which feature information about the permanent collection, exhibitions, and offer perspectives from curators, educators, artists, and collectors. You can also find learning resources such as lessons and activities and teaching packets.