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Nine-month, Part-time, Undergraduate Internship at the National Gallery


Sponsored by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

This nine-month undergraduate internship at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is timed to coincide with the exhibition Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South (September 18, 2022 – March 26, 2023). The paid, part-time (10 hours/week) position provides institutional training to a college student interested in exploring museum careers. Based in the curatorial department of modern and contemporary art, the intern may also work with other departments involved in the exhibition, such as conservation, education, programs, or communications.

Activities may include researching exhibition objects and artists, giving gallery talks, drafting written materials, aiding program and event planning, and observing and supporting conservation activities. In addition, the intern will periodically join other interns at the National Gallery for discussions, talks, and opportunities to meet staff across the museum and learn about its operations.

The National Gallery of Art is an equal opportunity employer; we value and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.


College undergraduates in good standing are welcome to apply, with preference to candidates majoring in art history, African American studies, or studio art.  The appointment of the selected candidate is subject to a standard security background check. 


The intern will work 10 hours per week from September 12, 2022, to June 9, 2023, with at least eight hours on site. Exact schedule to be determined based on academic commitments, although a weekly in-person meeting with other interns, Tuesdays from 2:00–3:00 p.m., is required. The intern’s salary is $15 per hour, subject to taxation (with the National Gallery paying the employer percentage of FICA taxes withheld).

Those who commute to work via public transportation receive a subsidy toward monthly transit costs. Other benefits include vacation and sick leave, accumulated at the rate of one hour per 20-hour bi-weekly pay period.


Presently, due to a preliminary injunction, the National Gallery is not enforcing its COVID-19 vaccination requirement. However, if selected, the intern is required to provide vaccination status for purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols.

Application Timeline and Procedures

Deadline: August 21, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

All applications must be submitted by email to [email protected] by August 21, 2022. Applications or related materials submitted via postal mail or in person will not be accepted. There is no fee to apply to the internship.

The online application requires:

  • A letter to Harry Cooper, senior curator of modern art, stating reasons for applying
  • A writing sample, ideally a short college paper in a field related to the position
  • A résumé or CV of education, professional experience, and any honors, awards, or publications
  • One copy (unofficial) of college transcript to date
  • Contact information for one reference, either professor or college instructor

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