Employer Profile: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the oldest federal museum, with one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. The Renwick Gallery (currently closed for renovations) is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and displaying American crafts. The museum’s galleries are located in a large historic building on F Street, N.W., which is shared with the National Portrait Gallery. This building also houses the Lunder Conservation Center and the Luce Foundation Center, the first visible art storage and study center in Washington D.C.

1.) Summer Program, 2015

Unpaid/ Internship/ Start Date: 6/8/2015

The Summer Program is eight weeks, full time, with selected students placed in one museum department or office that is related to their career interests. Placements are available in most of the museum’s departments and offices; see this webpage for more details on each museum area: http://www.americanart.si.edu/visit/contact/. Applicants may suggest possible placements in their statement of purpose. An application consists of a statement of career interests, a resume or CV, and official or unofficial transcripts, for all schools above high school, sent to the Intern Program Officer at this email address: HollomonJ@si.edu. Students applying to the Exhibitions department must provide the website address for their portfolio and should detail their software program knowledge and experience in their resumes. The deadline for application submissions, by MICA students, is March 13, 2015

Qualifications:

Students must be four-year college graduates, college seniors, or juniors (individuals finishing their sophomore year at the time of application). Academic enrollment is not required. Graduate students will be considered for this program on an individual basis.

2.) The Advanced Level Program (museum operations and training), fall and spring semesters, 2015-2016

Unpaid (One stipend is available annually for a graduate student with excellent academics and financial need)/ Internship/ Dates: Early September, 2015 through Mid-April, 2016

This is a museum operations program; hands-on department assignments are combined with weekly academic workshops and seminars. The program takes place during the fall and spring semesters, with participation 20 hours weekly. There is a possible one semester, full-time, option. Intern placements are available in most of the museum’s departments and offices. See this webpage for more details on each museum area: http://www.americanart.si.edu/visit/contact/. For the first semester, students are assigned to an area related to their career interests (suggestions for placement may be made in the student’s statement of purpose). During the second semester, participants may choose their own assignment, in consultation with the Intern Program Officer. An application to this program consists of a statement of career interests, a resume or CV, official or unofficial transcripts, for all schools above high school, sent to the Intern Program Officer at this email address: HollomonJ@si.edu. Students applying to the Exhibitions department must provide the website address for their portfolio and should detail their software program knowledge and experience in their resumes. The deadline for application submissions, by MICA students, is April 1, 2015.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be graduate students, four-year college graduates, or college seniors with some previous experience. Academic enrollment is not required for application.

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