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Curatorial Intern – Spring 2022
Curatorial Intern - Spring 2022
The Phillips Collection
Post Date: 29 Jan 2022


Salary Range: Up to $15.2000 Hourly

(Also available: Internships in conservation, community engagement, education and director’s office.)


The Phillips Collection’s internship program is open to full-time undergraduate students, full-time graduate students, and recent graduates. The purpose of the internship program is to offer students and recent graduates meaningful work, educational experiences, and real-life practice in their fields of academic study and/or interest.

Duration: Internships run eight to twelve continuous weeks and 12-26 hours per week. Internship length and schedule may vary depending on the needs of the department.

Academic Credit: Depending on the nature of the internship and approval of the student’s college or university, academic credit may be granted for internships. Student applicants should consult their academic advisor for additional information.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting with general curatorial and administrative tasks including answering questions about the permanent collection and past, current, and future exhibitions
  • Conducting research for special exhibitions and installations, including the upcoming series of Intersections
  • Prepare/create PowerPoint presentations to accompany exhibition and acquisition research
  • Assist in cross-departmental activities, including Community Outreach and Fundraising
  • Participate and assist in shaping the Contemporaries members activities, including the Acquisition
  • Assisting in planning special events and other public programming  
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Strong background in art history, especially contemporary art
  • Excellent oral and written/research skills
  • Strong organizational and computer skills (Excel, PPT, and ideally photoshop and inDesign)
  • Dedication/enthusiasm to learn quickly 
  • Previous experience in an art museum setting is desirable but not required

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, writing sample with citations (250-750 words), FAFSA report (if eligible), two letters of recommendation, and complete transcripts. If at all possible, we prefer to receive the letters of recommendation together with the rest of your materials. If a recommender insists that the letter of recommendation remain confidential, please ask him/her to send the letter to [email protected] with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email.

The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and administers all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

No phone calls, please.


Washington, DC, USA

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