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Graduate Curatorial Internships, 2018–2019

Graduate Curatorial Internships at the National Gallery of Art provide in-depth training for advanced PhD students and recent PhD recipients interested in gaining curatorial experience in a museum setting. Interns work with curators on permanent collection and exhibition projects and attend a weekly seminar that introduces the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery. The duties and responsibilities are comparable to those of curatorial assistants.

The current application cycle has closed. This page will be updated in October 2018 with the information concerning the 2019‒2020 internship cycle.


Eligibility is limited to doctoral students who are in the advanced stage of their dissertations and to recent PhD recipients (dissertations must have been filed no earlier than September 2016). Neither previous museum experience nor a stated goal of a museum career is required. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.


Graduate Curatorial Interns are in residence at the Gallery from September 10, 2018, to May 10, 2019, and work full time. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $30,000 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 12, 2018

Deadline for online applications. The application must include a writing sample (approximately twenty 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.

March 9, 2018

Finalists will be selected.

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Gallery staff and external 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.

Curatorial: Department of Old Master Prints and Drawings

The intern will assist and gain experience in the many and varied curatorial aspects associated with a large and very active collection of European prints and drawings dating from 1500 through the early twentieth century. The intern will not only assist in the pulling and returning of works of art for visitors (supervising them when necessary), but also will initiate public talks and teach occasional classes in an area of interest. The intern will assist with creating individual records on TMS, the Gallery’s content management system, for old master prints and drawings in albums and portfolios. The intern will be assigned a special project to produce a web feature and/or small exhibition featuring the Gallery’s Hoefnagel Four Elements albums.

A demonstrated interest in the history of prints and drawings, an understanding of their techniques, and a good reading knowledge of a European language, preferably German, French, or Dutch, are required; a reading knowledge of a second European language is desirable. Current advanced graduate students in art history or 2018 graduates of such programs are invited to apply.

Curatorial: Photographs

The intern will assist with planning and research for an upcoming major exhibition on Robert Adams opening in the fall of 2019. Duties may include conducting research on selected topics, compiling bibliographies and chronologies, assigned tasks related to the production of the exhibition catalog, coordinating object lists and layouts, assisting with the preparation of wall texts, and other administrative tasks related to the exhibition. Applicants should have specialized knowledge or coursework in twentieth-century American art or photography.


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.

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