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A Pathway to Professional Growth in the World of Art

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.

Who can apply?

Our Academic Year Internship Program is designed for candidates who have an undergraduate degree or will have one by Spring 2024 and current or former graduate students. We’re looking for individuals from a variety of academic disciplines and with a strong desire to gain hands-on experience in a museum setting.

In our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work force, we particularly encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, LGBTQ+, bilingual or multilingual, and those with disabilities.

What should you know about the program?

Program Details:

  • Duration: The internship is full-time from September 22, 2024, to May 16, 2025. Full commitment to the 9-month period is essential.
  • Hybrid Work Model: Interns will follow a hybrid schedule combining on-site and remote work. Expect to work on-site at the National Gallery three days a week, with the possibility of more depending on project requirements.

Compensation and Support:

  • Internship Stipend: You’ll receive $25.26 per hour, reflecting our commitment to accessible and rewarding opportunities. Internship stipend amount for the 34-week academic year internship is $34,353.60.
  • Cost-of-Living Stipend: While interns are responsible for securing their own housing, we’re pleased to offer all accepted academic year interns a modest one-time cost-of-living stipend. This stipend is provided to assist with expenses such as travel/relocation and accommodations during your internship. You’ll receive a stipend in the amount of $6,868.00.
  • Benefits: Interns are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.
  • Transportation Subsidy: A subsidy is available if you use authorized modes of public transportation.

Application Process and Timeline:

  • Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by April 3, 2024.
  • Requirements: Complete the online application, which includes: an online form, short answer questions, a work sample, a résumé or CV, and contact information for two references.
  • Selection Process: If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be contacted for a virtual interview. Final decisions will be made by early-to-mid-May.

Important Notes:

  • All application materials are accepted only through our online portal. Direct email or postal submissions are not accepted.
  • Please do not contact individual staff members about internships in their departments.
  • Interviews are a critical part of the selection process but are required only for shortlisted candidates.

Equal Opportunity

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.

Have more questions?

Whether it's understanding the application components in greater detail or seeking answers to more specific questions, please visit our comprehensive FAQ page for more information.

Ready to apply?

If you’re ready to apply, access our online application portal.