Program Assistant, Office of Fellowships and Internships
Chris Wu is a Program Assistant at the Office of Fellowships and Internships who began his journey at the Smithsonian in 2018 through the Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program. Through I2F, Chris worked on exhibition and conservation projects at the Museum Conservation Institute, Paintings Conservation Department, and later onboarded at OFI to help coordinate the 2019-2020 I2F Program.
Chris has since provided organizational and administrative support for various programs, including the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and the Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship. Most recently, Chris has found great pride and enjoyment in developing OFI’s presence on the Smithsonian Magazine’s Voices blog to help make visible the diversity of voices and scholarship at SI.
Chris has experience working for public service organizations in the D.C. area, including the International Leadership Foundation, a non-profit that promotes the public service of young Asian Americans. In the Fall of 2016, Chris was accepted into the White House Internship Program where he worked in the Office of Calligraphy during the last months of the Obama Administration. Prior to returning to D.C. in 2018, Chris worked at his alma mater, where he facilitated programming for the Art Department students, faculty and staff. He holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Asian Studies from Colorado College.