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Frequently Asked Questions: Internships

Please read through the following list of frequently asked questions. If your question is not addressed by the list, please contact us and you will receive a response as soon as possible.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply for internships at the National Gallery of Art?

*NEW* Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions on United States visas and entry, only United States citizens and foreign nationals currently in the United States on F-1 visas will be considered for internships in 2021–2022. If you are accepted into a program, the Gallery will assist you with the required paperwork

International interns are responsible for obtaining health insurance for the duration of the internship.

If I apply for more than one internship program, do I need to complete separate applications?

Yes. Please fill out a separate online application for each internship program to which you are applying.

If I do not have a bachelor's degree, may I still apply?

Eligibility varies according to internship. A few are geared to undergraduates, but most are for undergraduates completing their degrees in the spring, currently enrolled graduate students of all levels, and those graduating in the spring.

If my application advances to the second round of consideration, how will I be notified?

You will be notified via e-mail.

When and how should my references send their recommendations?

All letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommenders via the online application system. The online application requires you to provide the recommenders' names and email addresses; they will automatically receive email instructions as to how to upload their recommendation letters. We do not accept recommendation letters via email, post, or in person.

Do you offer housing?

Neither paid nor unpaid internships at the National Gallery of Art offer housing. It is the responsibility of the intern to find accommodations during the term of the internship.

What is the weekly seminar?

The museum seminar introduces the interns to the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery. Seminar speakers include curators, event planners, conservators, and representatives from the personnel office and office of protection services, among others. In addition to learning about how the Gallery functions as a whole, the weekly seminar allows interns to connect with one another and discuss their experiences and current projects in a collegial atmosphere.

What is the difference between unpaid internships and research assistantships?

Unpaid internships at the Gallery are similar to the graduate and summer internships: candidates contribute to ongoing Gallery projects and programs, are supervised by a curator or head of a department, and are invited to participate in the weekly seminars (see above).

Research assistantships are geared toward advanced graduate students in art history and concentrate on a specific project relating to an exhibition or the permanent collection under the supervision of a Gallery curator. Research assistants do not attend the museum seminars.

Can I earn academic credit for completing an internship?

It may be possible to receive academic credit. It is your responsibility to arrange to receive credit with your university before the internship start date.

May I take days off during the nine-week summer internship program for vacation or other personal reasons?

No. The program is designed so that each intern participates in all training sessions from the first to the last day of the program as outlined in the program description. By submitting an application, you are confirming that you are available for a full-time internship for the full duration of the program.

What is a virtual internship?

These opportunities allow interns to gain work experience in a remote setting. As the internship is solely completed online, candidates are not physically present at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, but must reside in the United States for the duration of the internship.

What is a hybrid internship?

A hybrid internship involves regular commutes to the Gallery, though not daily commutes. For example, a hybrid intern may commute to the Gallery two days a week for regularly scheduled in-person interactions, while working from a location of their choosing the rest of the week.

I’m not majoring in the arts. Is this program right for me?

The Gallery’s internship program is meant to develop transferrable skills applicable to museum careers as well as the broader creative economy. Interns are not required to have prior background or experience in the arts—in fact, many interns have participated as non-arts majors. However, each department creates its own position description, so it is important to read each description to find positions that may be suited to your skills and interests.

Do you offer application and workplace accommodations for interns with disabilities?

Yes. We are committed to ensuring that everyone can apply to the program and can participate fully if accepted. Please email [email protected] to inquire about available accommodations.

Department of Gallery and Studio Learning
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

[email protected]
(202) 842-6257

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