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The application for our 2024 summer internship is now closed.

Our Summer Internship Program at the National Gallery is crafted to provide a deep dive into the world of art. Through hands-on experience, our program is designed to enhance your skills and knowledge in a dynamic and practical setting.

Whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, contemplating a career change, or simply have a passion for art, our program is designed to be a platform where you can truly discover, learn, and contribute.

We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, firmly believing that the strength and richness of our program lies in the varied perspectives and experiences of our interns.

Join us for an internship experience that’s more than just an addition to your resume — it’s a summer that’ll shape your future in the arts. We invite you to read on, learn more, and apply to be part of the National Gallery!

Why choose a Summer Internship at the National Gallery?

Tailored Learning and Skill Development

We take the time to understand where you're coming from and where you want to go. Your summer with us is tailored to fit you—not the other way around. We'll find the project that matches your interests and challenges you to learn and grow.

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.

Career Impact and Lasting Connections

We’re here to help you build relationships and skills that will resonate throughout your career.

Who can apply?

Our Summer Internship Program is open to all who have a passion for art and culture. Whether you’re currently in school, a recent graduate, contemplating a career shift, or looking to gain experience in the art world, we welcome your application.

What should you know about the program?

Program Details:

  • Duration: The internship is full-time for nine weeks, from June 10 to August 9, 2024. Full commitment to the nine-week period is essential.
  • Hybrid Work Model: You’ll 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 nine-week summer internship is $9,093.60.
  • Cost-of-Living Stipend: While interns are responsible for securing their own housing, we’re pleased to offer all accepted summer 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 $1,818.00.
  • 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 February 29, 2024 by 5:00pm EST.
  • 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 late March/early April.

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?

The application for our 2024 summer internship is now closed. Applications for our summer 2025 internship program will open in December.