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Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery Advanced Level Internship Program

Students from all academic backgrounds are eligible to apply to the programs below, however the applicant’s statement should demonstrate career need for an American Art Museum internship. For internships in the Lunder Conservation Center, current enrollment in or completion of a four-year graduate-level conservation program is required. International students living within the US may apply to either program. Students living outside the US are requested to make application only to the Advanced Level Program, as time is not available to complete the visa process prior to commencement of the Summer Program. Due to scheduling needs for the American Art programs, accommodations cannot be made for internship periods different from those stated below. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Advanced Level Internship Program is a comprehensive museum training program designed to provide an overview of museum operations for graduate degree candidates, college graduates, or exceptional college seniors. The career objectives of each participant are considered in making placements. Fall assignments are made by the Intern Program Officer. For the spring semester, participants choose their own assignment, in consultation with the Intern Program Officer. Weekly workshops and seminars, taught by museum professionals, accompany department assignments. Academic Credit Course credit or certification of participation may be awarded by the student’s sponsoring institution through a contractual agreement with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The applicant wishing to receive credit, or their advisor or department chair, should contact the Intern Program Officer for more information. All arrangements must be completed prior to the beginning of the internship. Application Requirements and Deadline There is no specific application form; candidates to either program should submit a statement of purpose and a resume (one original and four copies), all university (or college) undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (official or unofficial), and three recommendations (academic or professional). All materials may be emailed or sent by USPS, FedEx or UPS; they may be sent as a package or individually; recommenders may email their support letteres directly to the Intern Program Officer. The deadline for application to both programs is March 1 each year; applications postmarked after that date will be waitlisted. Students who wish to increase their prospects for acceptance by applying to both programs should submit only one application, but state their availability for either program in their statement of purpose. Graduate students applying to the Advanced Level Program, who would like to be considered for the Mandil stipend, should state this and their reasons for requesting financial support, in their statement of purpose.

Contact Phone: (202) 633-8355

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Term: Fall and Spring semesters only, 20 hours weekly

Apply Through: SOLAA

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