Our Academic Year Internship Program is structured to provide a comprehensive and immersive experience in the art world.
As an intern, you’re not just an observer but an active participant in the museum’s daily activities and long-term projects. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals across various departments, gaining insights into different aspects of museum work. The program also values individualized experiences, allowing you to focus on areas that align with your academic interests and career goals, and develop specialized skills and knowledge in a dynamic environment.
Mentorship and Community Building
As an intern, you’re paired with experienced professionals who provide guidance to enrich your learning journey and sense of belonging.
We also provide weekly sessions like special tours, conversations with directors and senior administrators, and presentations to offer an inside look at the museum’s operations and deepen your discovery process of the art world.
In addition, you’ll become part of a vibrant intern community. Our program fosters a cohort atmosphere where interns support each other, share experiences, and grow collectively.
Financial Support and Accessible Opportunities
We believe in making our internships accessible. We offer paid opportunities to eliminate financial barriers, ensuring that talent and enthusiasm are the keys to joining our program.
Special Focus: The John Wilmerding Fund for Education in American Art
In addition to our general academic year internships, we proudly offer two specialized nine-month internships supported by the John Wilmerding Fund for Education in American Art.
These positions are specifically tailored for those with an interest in American art or digital interpretation, offering an in-depth exploration and a chance to contribute significantly to these dynamic fields.
Compensation and Support:
All qualified applicants are considered 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 is committed to diversity and offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply.
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