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Internship Opportunity: HMSG Curatorial Fall Internship

Posted on Jul 21, 2021 by in The OFI Blog |


The Curatorial Department of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is seeking an intern who is independent, self-motivated, collaborative, and flexible. The intern will get the opportunity to be a member of the Hirshhorn’s Curatorial team, attend project team meetings, conduct research in the Museum’s library and archives, receive one-on-one mentorship with multiple curators, and gain exposure to a the day-to-day operations of a mid-size modern and contemporary art museum’s curatorial department.


Learning Objectives

Interns duties may include research, writing, and other tasks related to the Museum’s permanent collection, temporary installations, and traveling exhibitions, forthcoming publications, as well as support for both donor events and public programs.


Interns will work collaboratively, engaging with members of the Curatorial team on a daily basis and members of the broader museum across departments on a project-by-project basis.


Curatorial interns will learn amidst an enthusiastic, collaborative and dynamic team. They will tackle projects alongside seasoned staff members, who can provide beneficial mentorship.

The Hirshhorn Museum’s Curatorial internship program focuses on research-focused experiences. Past interns have completed projects such as:

  • Researching and co-authoring exhibition texts for forthcoming projects (including extended labels and timelines)
  • Accessing the Museum’s library and archives, the Archives of American Art, and Smithsonian Institution Libraries to provide critical research support for the forthcoming publication The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The Collection.
  • Conducting catalogue raisonné and bibliographical research for the exhibition and related publication Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection.
  • Conducting research on the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, identifying gaps in the museum’s holdings.

We expect a great deal from our interns! Interns can expect a varied, challenging, and enriching learning experience.



Anyone who is eligible for an internship at the Smithsonian can apply to intern at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Eligibility for Smithsonian internships is generally defined as someone seeking a guided learning opportunity related to their academic or professional goals. Hirshhorn curatorial internships are open to current students and recent graduates of graduate programs in art history, museum studies, or related fields. Individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the museum field are encouraged to apply. This position is part time (16-24 hours/week), compensated at a rate of week.


How to Apply

To apply, create an account on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).

Application Deadline: August 20, 2021