Academic Year Internships

Funding Agency:
National Gallery of Art

Academic-year internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by professional staff at the National Gallery. Weekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work and to National Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions. Interns learn about the National Gallery’s collection and build upon their research and public-speaking skills by developing and presenting live art talks. Interns also participate in an intensive training program to learn how to talk about works of art in a way that is relevant, engaging, and accessible to diverse audiences.

In addition to our general academic year internships, we proudly offer two specialized nine-month internships supported by the John Wilmerding Fund for Education in American Art.

These positions are specifically tailored for those with an interest in American art or digital interpretation, offering an in-depth exploration and a chance to contribute significantly to these dynamic fields.

Deadline: April 3, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

Our Academic Year Internship Program is designed for candidates who have an undergraduate degree or will have one by Spring 2024 and current or former graduate students. We’re looking for individuals from a variety of academic disciplines and with a strong desire to gain hands-on experience in a museum setting.

In our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work force, we particularly encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, LGBTQ+, bilingual or multilingual, and those with disabilities.

Amount Description

  • Internship Stipend: You’ll receive $25.26 per hour, reflecting our commitment to accessible and rewarding opportunities. Internship stipend amount for the 34-week academic year internship is $34,353.60.
  • Cost-of-Living Stipend: While interns are responsible for securing their own housing, we’re pleased to offer all accepted academic year 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 $6,868.00.
  • Benefits: Interns are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.
  • Transportation Subsidy: A subsidy is available if you use authorized modes of public transportation.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities

External Deadline

April 3, 2024