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Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.

Curatorial: Photographs, Charles Marville Exhibition
The intern will assist in the research and organization for an exhibition on 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville. He or she will primarily help with the production of the catalogue. Tasks include editing, fact-checking, securing comparative illustrations, and conducting research for a comprehensive chronology, as well as maintaining correspondence with lenders. The intern will participate in the daily functions of the department, including research on the permanent collection. Current art history, 19th-century French studies, or French history graduate students and 2012 graduates of such programs are invited to apply. Knowledge or coursework in the history of 19th-century art or photography is preferred. Reading knowledge of French is required.

Curatorial: Photographs, Garry Winogrand Exhibition
The intern will assist with the organization for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of photographer Garry Winogrand. The intern will assemble reference materials, maintain bibliographies and chronologies, and assist in writing wall text. Tasks also include establishing and updating research files on individual objects, and conducting research for the artist's chronology. The intern will participate in the daily functions of the department, including research on the permanent collection. Current art history graduate students and 2012 graduates of a BA/MA/PhD program are invited to apply. Knowledge or coursework in the history of photography and/or 20th-century art is required.

Eligibility varies according to internship. Several opportunities are geared to undergraduates graduating in May 2012. The majority of slots are for currently enrolled graduate students of all levels and those graduating in May 2012 with a relevant degree (such as MA, MBA, MFA, M Arch, M Ed, JD, or MLS). Please check prerequisites carefully. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

Summer interns are in residence at the Gallery from June 11 to August 10, 2012. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500 that is subject to all applicable taxes.

Application Timeline and Procedures
January 5, 2012
Deadline for application packets. Send one original and five copies of the application form, six copies of your full résumé or CV, and one copy of official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to our mailing address. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
January 13, 2012
Semifinalists will be notified of their status and asked to submit additional materials by January 21, 2011. Semifinalists will be asked to send a writing sample (approximately 20 pages, including footnotes or endnotes, bibliography, and images) to our e-mail address. Recommenders listed on the application form will be contacted directly by the Gallery's academic programs staff.
January 20, 2012
Deadline for the writing sample and recommendations.
March 9, 2012
Finalists will be selected.

Note: Should you have difficulty in securing transcripts, you may request that the records officer or registrar from each institution send the transcripts directly to the National Gallery via fax or e-mail. The fax number is (202) 842-6935, attn: Department of Academic Programs; the e-mail address is

For applicants at institutions that do not issue transcripts: send six copies of comparable documents. If you have a question about what might be considered a comparable document, please contact

Please collate and send the application packet in the following order: 1) completed application form, 2) full résumé or CV, and 3) transcripts (arranged chronologically, most recent first, if you are sending them to the Gallery directly).

Application Materials
Summer Internship Application (PDF 58K)
(Download Acrobat Reader)

Review Process
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Gallery staff and outside specialists.

Mailing Address
Department of Academic Programs
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Additional information about National Gallery of Art internships and curatorial fellowships is available from the department of academic programs: telephone (202) 842-6257 or e-mail



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