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Latino Museum Studies Program Undergraduate Internship

The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) Undergraduate Internship is a museum career pathway program designed to increase hands-on training opportunities for Latina, Latino, and Latinx-identifying undergraduate students interested in art museum careers. The program focuses in non-curatorial museum roles including the areas of conservation, museum education, interpretation, digital culture, collections management, and exhibition design, fabrication and production. With generous support from the Mellon Foundation, the National Museum of the American Latino has partnered with the National Gallery of Art and select universities to diversify opportunities in museum studies and practice. The program seeks to catalyze change in a field where only 5% of key museum positions are filled by people who identify as Latina, Latino, or Latinx.

The internship is a full-time (~ 40hrs per week) semester-away experience. The program focuses on developing museum practice and is offered in two components:

1. Lectures, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours at the Smithsonian
Museum professionals and leaders from within and outside of the Smithsonian will lead interactive tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to learn about trends and best practices in museum work and the humanities. (1 week)
2. Practicum at a Smithsonian museum or the National Gallery of Art
Participants are matched to a practicum based on their background and experience, and how well the project aligns with their future goals. Participants will receive focused mentorship from their practicum supervisors. (11 weeks)

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).

Program Application Materials

- Resume/CV. No more than 2 pages.
- Transcripts.
- Reference Letter
- Personal Statement – Choose ONE of the following options:
OPTION 1 - Answer the following prompts in 500-750 words. Include final word count at the end
of your essay: The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) Undergraduate Internship seeks to
increase access to art museum career pathways for Latinx-identifying undergraduate students.
Explain why you want to participate in LMSP. Be sure to address the following points:
- Describe your interest in the museum field.
- What do you want to take away from this experience? Clearly explain how participating in
LMSP would help you accomplish your goals in your coursework and your desired career.
- What do you hope to contribute to this experience? How do your identities, life
experiences, and/or perspectives shape your work (academic, professional, or community
work)? How would they shape your contributions to your internship project, the LMSP
program, and the Smithsonian more broadly?
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OPTION 2 - Answer the following prompt in at least 250 words AND submit a 2–3-minute video.
Include the final word count AND a link to your video at the end of your essay. Your video must
go beyond what you share in your short essay: The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP)
Undergraduate Internship aims to increase access to art museum career pathways for Latinx identifying undergraduate students. Explain why you want to participate in LMSP. Be sure to
address the following points:
- Describe your interest in the museum field.
- What do you want to take away from this experience? Clearly explain how participating
in LMSP would help you accomplish your goals in your coursework and your desired
career.
- What do you hope to contribute to this experience? How do your identities, life
experiences, and/or perspectives shape your work (academic, professional, or
community work)? How would they shape your contributions to your internship
project, the LMSP program, and the Smithsonian more broadly?
- Practicum Selection Statement – Indicate your top three practicum choices by listing them in
order of interest by project name and number. Write a short interest statement for each
practicum. (175-word minimum for each practicum; include final word count at the end of
each)
- Clearly explain why these practicums are of interest to you and how they will benefit
your area(s) of study and career goals.
- Please describe how your skills and experience will contribute to your practicum work.
- If the practicum lists specific requirements, please address how you meet the
requirement for the practicum.
- Portfolio – Please share at least one example of your work. This can include an existing writing
sample, an artist or design portfolio, video, or any other work that demonstrates the skillsets
you wish to highlight in your application. Be sure to read practicum descriptions for any
practicum-specific requirements and be sure to include them in your portfolio materials.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact LMSPinfo@si.edu

Start Date
End Date
Location
Washington, DC
Stipend
Paid
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