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Gallery Guide Internship Program

 
Gallery Guide discussing Lucio Fontana in Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1917 – 1971)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Gallery Guide program is a unique and rewarding experience. Gallery Guides spend time in the galleries looking at art, engaging people with art, and inspiring people to slow down and experience art in new and exciting ways. Guides also conduct exhibition research and lead public daily tours and private group tours. Additionally, Guides meet museum professionals who will help you gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of museums. Working with aspiring museum professionals, art enthusiasts, visitors, and staff members is an ideal opportunity to meet new friends and professional contacts that can help you develop your career goals or broaden your personal connection with art. The program is challenging, but it is also an invaluable opportunity to gain experience in museum education, public speaking, and art historical research.

Applicants may choose to commit to both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 or to Fall 2016 only.

FALL 2016 + SPRING 2017: August 22 – May 19

  • Training will take place between August 22 – September 2.
  • Guides will be in the galleries from September 6 – May 19.
  • Guides committing to both fall and spring sessions complete 10-15 hours per week.
    • 7 hours of gallery shifts, including one daily tour, per week
    • 2 hours of research
    • 1 hour of required weekly meeting to continue trainings, to discuss tours and the program, and to meet with other staff members to gain insight into the exhibitions and museum.

FALL SESSION 2016: August 22 – December 16

  • Training will take place between August 22 – September 2.
  • Guides will be in the galleries from September 6 – December 16.
  • Guides committing to fall session only complete 15 hours per week.
    • 12 hours of gallery shifts per week
    • 2 hours of research
    • 1 hour of required weekly meeting to continue professional development, to discuss tours and the program, and to meet with other staff members to gain insight into the exhibitions and museum.

HOW TO JOIN – Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum education, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Guides should be inquisitive, independent, and enthusiastic, with a strong interest in learning about modern and contemporary art and sharing knowledge with others.

Application Deadline: Rolling application through August 5, 2016

Email the following to HMSGGuides@si.edu with subject: LastName_GG (ex. Smith_GG)

  • Cover letter (Tell us why you would like to become a Gallery Guide and indicate interest in fall session only or both fall and spring sessions)
  • Resume
  • Copy of transcript (unofficial or official)
  • A letter of recommendation
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