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Internships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum has two internship programs: 1.) The Advanced Level Program:  a two-semester (fall/spring) museum operations program for graduate students, exceptional college seniors and individuals with a four-year college degree, with previous museum or art institution experience. All participants receive stipends. Positions are 20 hours weekly, with the exception of the Kasok Family Internship in Museum Studies, which is a full-time internship. 2.) Summer Program: students focus on one museum department or office for eight weeks, full-time. Applicants may be college juniors (students finishing their sophomore year), seniors and individuals with a four-year college degree. This program is primarily for those individuals with little previous museum or art institution experience. However, one previous internship in the applicant's local area is recommended prior to applying to this program. All participants receive small stipends to supplement their living expenses.

How to Apply

Start Dates:

Advanced Level Program: early September to mid-April
Summer: mid-June to early August

Applications to either or both programs consist of a statement of purpose (explaining career aspirations and reasons for choosing this particular institution), a resume or CV, all official or unofficial transcripts above high school and two academic and/or professional recommendations. Applicants wanting the full-time internship position in the Advanced Level Program should also submit a Statement of Financial Need. 

Contact Information

Any questions, please contact: Judith Houston Hollomon:; 202-633-8355

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