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¿Está en búsqueda de una carrera creativa y desafiante en un museo? La Galería Nacional de Retratos, como museo del Instituto Smithsonian, ofrece pasantías formales a los solicitantes calificados. Una pasantía en el Instituto Smithsonian es una experiencia de aprendizaje estructurada y preestablecida que se realiza durante un periodo de tiempo determinado, generalmente de dos a tres meses. La experiencia debe ser relevante tanto para los objetivos académicos y profesionales del pasante, así como para las disciplinas profesionales representadas en el Instituto Smithsonian.

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Teléfono: (202) 633-8508
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Dirección postal: 

Office of Education

Galería Nacional de Retratos

P.O. Box 37012

Washington, D.C. 20013-0712

Varios departamentos de la Galería Nacional de Retratos patrocinan pasantes durante todo el año. Los proyectos de pasantías se basan en los intereses y necesidades del departamento, y se acuerdan por consentimiento mutuo del candidato pasante y su supervisor.

The Lunder Conservation Lab is a visible lab in which conservation activities can be viewed by the public. Conservation examinations and treatments are completed for paintings, paper, and photographs in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

Las responsabilidades del pasante variarán conforme con su nivel de experiencia. Las actividades incluyen el examen y tratamiento de objetos, así como encuestas de las condiciones e investigaciones.

Pre-Requisites

Nivel de graduado en conservación o superior; sin embargo, el laboratorio tomará en cuenta a los estudiantes de programas de conservación con un título universitario que están considerando seriamente una carrera en la conservación, cuando sus horarios se lo permitan.

Learning Objectives

There will be a modest amount of work done for the collections but the primary result will benefit the intern from the experience of doing the project working with the Portrait Gallery’s professional conservation staff for a variety of objects and materials. This practical experience may be utilized as a prerequisite for applying to a conservation graduate program.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Actualmente no hay pasantías disponibles.Sírvase revisar en el futuro las oportunidades de pasantías.

Interns will assist the Department of History by helping to create and curate history-based exhibitions. They will assist historians in their service as advisers to the curators in matters relating to American history and biography, and evaluate the historical importance of individuals being considered for acquisition into the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

Pre-Requisites

Un pasante debe estar interesado en la historia de los Estados Unidos, en la investigación histórica y debe saber redactar bien.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other history-based organizations. The intern will gain experience in conducting historical and objects-based research, as well as a combination of skills in history-based exhibition management, cataloguing, and writing.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

The Department of Painting and Sculpture is a curatorial department responsible for acquiring, cataloging, and researching all paintings and sculpture in the National Portrait Gallery. Members of the department also conduct research for special exhibitions and for publications on the history of American portraiture, as well as handle numerous public inquiries.

Interns in the department research objects in the Portrait Gallery collections and conduct research on possible acquisitions. They may help with upcoming and current exhibitions curated by members of the department, and when appropriate they may support the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Pre-Requisites

Un pasante debe tener una sólida formación académica en historia del arte, estudios estadounidenses o en historia estadounidense; una buena capacidad de investigación y de redacción; y capacidades de computación básica y gestión de imágenes. Se dará preferencia a los graduados universitarios y aquellos con algún nivel de trabajo universitario.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts organizations. The intern will gain experience in conducting art historical and objects-based research, as well as a combination of skills in image organization, cataloguing, and writing.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Spring, summer and fall. Fall applications should be received by July 1

The Department of Photographs is a curatorial office that has custody of the museum’s extensive collection of portrait photographs. The department’s activities include acquiring, documenting, researching, storing, and overseeing the conservation of these objects.

Collections Management Interns

Collections management interns will assist the Department of Photographs with assessing, cataloging, and organizing the Frederick Hill Meserve Collection. This collection was a one-time acquisition of more than 5,400 wet-collodion glass-plate negatives, and a single vintage photographic print made by Mathew Brady and his studio. Duties related to this project include object handling, cataloging, assisting with assigning accession numbers, and working with the museum’s collections database, The Museum System (TMS).

Pre-Requisites

Applicants should have a master’s degree or be in a graduate program, as well as have a strong background in art history, history of photography, American history, or museum studies; a familiarity with museum collections-management practices is preferred. Applicants should be organized and detail-oriented and be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Applicants must be comfortable working with Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with TMS is preferred.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts organizations. The intern will gain experience with cataloging, accessioning, and additional collections management skills.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

All terms: fall, winter/spring, summer


Curatorial Research Intern – Photographs

The curatorial research intern will assist in research for an upcoming collection-based photographs exhibition. Tasks may include updating research files on individual sitters and photographers, assembling reference materials, maintaining bibliographies and chronologies, and conducting research on selected topics. The intern may also conduct research on possible acquisitions, as needed.

Pre-Requisites

An intern should have a sound academic background in the history of photography, art history, American studies, or American history; good research and writing skills; and basic computer and image management skills. Preference will be given to college graduates and those with some graduate-level work.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts organizations. The intern will gain experience in conducting art historical and objects-based research, as well as a combination of skills in image organization, cataloguing, and writing.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Fall 2017. Applications should be received by August 15.

El Departamento de Grabados, Dibujos y Artes Multimediales de la Galería Nacional de Retratos supervisa una colección de retratos diversa, en formas que van desde anuncios, afiches, litografías y pasteles hasta vídeos, películas y versiones digitalizadas de las películas animadas dibujadas a mano de la década de 1970. El curador del departamento adquiere, documenta e investiga estos objetos. También organizan exhibiciones especiales, escriben textos interpretativos, y responden a las preguntas del público sobre una amplia variedad de temas.

The intern in this department will be introduced to the full range of curatorial activities and responsibilities. The intern will also be assigned several specific hands-on projects, in which he or she will work very closely with the two curators and the collections manager. Activities include handling works of art; observing conservation consultations; cataloguing objects; assembling documentary information for the permanent object files; and working with TMS, the Portrait Gallery’s collection management system. The intern will also assist with future acquisitions and upcoming exhibitions.

Pre-Requisites

Los solicitantes deben tener una Maestría o estar inscrito en un programa de postgrado en historia del arte (arte estadounidense de preferencia), estudios estadounidenses o historia estadounidense. Se prefiere que estén familiarizados con la historia de los grabados, y algunos procesos de grabados o artes multimediales. Es conveniente que tengan excelentes capacidades organizativas, de investigación y redacción, así como capacidades de computación básica y gestión de imágenes. Es necesario comprometerse a dedicarle de 16 a 20 horas por semana.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts organizations. The intern will gain experience in conducting art historical and objects-based research, as well as a combination of skills in image organization, cataloguing, and writing.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Plazo de entrega de las solicitudes: periodo de otoño, al 1 de julio; periodo de invierno/primavera, al 15 de octubre; periodo de verano, al 31 de enero. Para cada periodo, se aceptarán solicitudes hasta llenar el cargo.

Interns will work directly with the National Portrait Gallery’s Curator of Latino Art and History, who is in charge of bringing into focus the contributions of Latinos to U.S. history and culture through acquisitions, exhibitions, and research. Responsibilities include researching Latino historical figures and portraits of them, as well as Latino contemporary artists working in portraiture. They may help with upcoming and current exhibitions on Latino art or history.

Pre-Requisites

Un pasante debe tener una formación académica sólida en historia del arte, estudios latinos o latinoamericanos o estudios estadounidenses; buenas capacidades de investigación y redacción; dominio de la lectura y escritura en español, y ser capaz de utilizar un programa de procesamiento de textos. Se dará preferencia a los graduados universitarios y aquellos con algún nivel de trabajo universitario.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts organizations. The intern will gain experience in conducting art historical and objects-based research, as well as a combination of skills in image organization, cataloguing, and writing.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library, which houses 180,000 books, exhibition catalogs, special collections and serials, is concentrated in the areas of American art, portraiture, history, and biography; it contains supportive materials in European art. The AA/PG Library also contains artist vertical files, artists’ books, ephemeral materials, auction catalogs, scrapbooks, microforms, and electronic links to other information resources. It is part of a consortium of five art library branches of the Smithsonian Libraries.

Interns in the Library will be introduced to the full range of activities related to the operation of a large art research library. Library interns may work on current and ongoing projects that include (but are not limited to) reference, special collections, gift and exchange, periodicals, ephemera files, and maintenance of the physical collection through space management and conservation procedures.

Pre-Requisites

Los pasantes deben tener una buena capacidad de organización, atención a los detalles y exactitud. El tener interés en trabajar en el campo de la bibliotecología es un punto a favor, pero los interesados en obtener experiencia práctica en los campos del arte estadounidense y de la investigación histórica pueden postular. Los pasantes deben tener conocimiento de los métodos de investigación bibliotecaria y cierta familiaridad con las aplicaciones de Microsoft. La pasantía está disponible para estudiantes universitarios y graduados inscritos en un programa de postgrado de historia, historia del arte o ciencia bibliotecaria.

Learning Objectives

The student will gain experience working in a Smithsonian museum and in an office environment. The student will be able to explore career paths related to art, history, art history, museum studies, and education. As a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s mission, the Libraries support Smithsonian curatorial, research, exhibition, educational, and other program activities. Interns at the AA/PG Library help fulfill this goal and will gain experience with research methods, special collections projects, acquisitions, and maintenance of the physical collection through space management and conservation procedures.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

One-two internship positions all terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer.

Los Nuevos Medios de Comunicación están formados por la web y los medios digitales, los Servicios Fotográficos y los Servicios Informáticos.Cada oficina tiene responsabilidades individuales, pero trabajan en estrecha colaboración, y a menudo son posibles las pasantías departamentales transversales.

Web y medios digitales

The intern will work primarily on photography and/or videography for the National Portrait Gallery’s social media channels and website. Projects will be largely for digital marketing and promotion. Interns will document new exhibitions and take “behind-the-scenes” footage and photos of staff at work, like conservators and art handlers. Interns may also document newsworthy happenings at the museum like portrait dedications and public events.  The intern may also do small graphic design projects for web and social media.

Pre-Requisites

Los pasantes deben tener conocimientos básicos de fotografía y/o videografía, estar familiarizados con Adobe Creative Suite, especialmente con Photoshop. Para el diseño gráfico y el trabajo de vídeos, los pasantes deben estar familiarizados con Adobe Illustrator y Adobe Premiere, respectivamente. El pasante debe demostrar interés en los museos, el arte y la historia, y aptitud general con las redes sociales.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provides an opportunity for interns to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum. It will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts-based organizations. The intern will gain experience while photographing, filming, and editing images captured during assignments which may include but not limited to exhibition documentation, public programs, photographic still that may accompany blog entries, etc. and other projects in the Web and Digital Media department.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

 

Oficina de Servicios Fotográficos

The Office of Photographic Services is a twofold operation. The studio side—with two photographic studios and a digital imaging processing center—creates the photographic archive of the National Portrait Gallery collection. Black-and-white and color prints are produced in-house for archival and cataloging purposes, as well as for publicity and reproduction in various publications.

El lado de archivo y ventas sirve como depósito de imágenes de la colección de la Galería Nacional de Retratos (NPG), así como la obtención de derechos y el centro de ventas para la reproducción de estas imágenes. Además de albergar y mantener el archivo de fotografías, las impresiones en blanco y negro y a color, las diapositivas y transparencias están a disposición de manera interna, así como para los académicos y el público en general.

Pre-Requisites

Para el trabajo en estudio, un pasante debe poseer el conocimiento de los principios de fotografía básica y un dominio de Photoshop. Para el trabajo en archivo y ventas, un pasante debe poseer conocimientos sobre procesamiento de textos y de base de datos, así como capacidades de investigación y de organización.

Learning Objectives

The internship will provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in the museum’s Photographic Services department.  Interns assist in the photography of exhibitions and events. Additionally, the intern assists in the processing of digital images, making various size files for use both internally and outside of the Smithsonian. As the Smithsonian moves closer to a central asset management system, the organization and transfer of digital files will become central to our mission.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

 

Office of Rights and Reproductions

The Office of Rights and Reproduction manages the dissemination of digital reproductions for the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Interns will assist with processing incoming requests for image reproductions and distributing images to a wide variety of requestors. They will conduct copyright research for collection objects and will assist with copyright documentation digitization and rights records management within the museum’s collection information database.

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts, museums, or nonprofits.

Pre-Requisites

An intern should be interested in art, history, digital collections, research, and copyright. Interns must be able to communicate in a professional, effective manner with artists, artist’s estates/representatives and other institutions, as well as members of the public who wish to use the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Intern must possess excellent research and organizational skills. The ability to work independently and possess strong writing skills is also important.

Learning Objectives

The internship will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about copyright management and a national museum’s digital collections. The intern will gain experience in object and copyright-based research, database management and have the opportunity to improve their communication and organizational skills.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development, and culture.  Through powerful imagery, we connect people and their stories.  Apply for an internship at the National Portrait Gallery, and help us keep America’s stories alive and vibrant for future generations.

The Office of Advancement is responsible for raising private support for the National Portrait Gallery.  While Federal funding allows the museum to remain open and free of charge, it is only because of private support we are able to reach, inform, and inspire audiences with our one-of-a-kind collections, exhibitions, and outreach programs.

Interns will assist the Office of Advancement with a variety of projects including prospect identification and research, database management, membership support, fundraising communications, and special events planning. Interns also will have the opportunity to volunteer at exhibition opening receptions and donor cultivation events.

Esta pasantía proporciona una excelente oportunidad de adquirir experiencia en un entorno de trabajo vertiginoso en un museo de prestigio, y preparará el pasante para una carrera en las artes, museos u organizaciones sin fines de lucro. El horario de la pasantía es flexible, pero es preferible a tiempo completo.

Pre-Requisites

The intern should be detail-oriented, have an interest in research and possess strong writing and critical thinking skills.  Interns must be able to communicate in a professional, effective manner with prospective and current donors, board members, museum visitors and fellow staff members.  An interest in history and the visual arts is preferred.  Knowledge of Microsoft Suite is required.

Learning Objectives

Advancement interns provide essential support for the museum and assist with a variety of projects including prospect identification and research, database management, membership support, fundraising communications, and donor cultivation event planning.  Through the course of the internship, students will hone their communication skills, both oral and written, and develop strong interpersonal, research, and organizational skills.

In particular, interns will learn how to:

  • Identify prospects and develop comprehensive research to highlight philanthropic capacity and interests
  • Maintain donor records
  • Manage fulfillment of membership benefits
  • Draft correspondence to donors including acknowledgement letters, general appeals, and targeted solicitations
  • Develop event invitation lists, manage invitation mailings and responses, and assist at events

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

All terms: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer

The National Portrait Gallery’s Office of Collections Information and Research administers reference and online programs for staff, scholars and the public. Resources include the Catalog of American Portraits, a research archive maintaining images and data for nearly 200,000 historically significant portraits; the Portrait Gallery’s collections information system, The Museum System (TMS); and the Museum’s website, which features online searches for both Museum and CAP collections. These resources provide basic cataloguing information for portraits, including provenance, bibliographic and exhibition information, related works and images, as well as biographical information on subjects and artists. A costume study comprised of images of dated American portraits is also available to assist researchers in estimating execution dates for undated works.

Interns in the Office of Collections Information and Research investigate, verify and update portrait information for the Catalog of American Portraits. Using library and online resources, interns research portraits as well as sitter and artist biographies and enter records on TMS. Interns also scan images and add them to the digitized portrait records. Finally, interns work with the archival portrait files and assist in answering research requests from curatorial staff, scholars, and the public.

Pre-Requisites

All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Interns should have good organizational skills and attention to detail, knowledge of library research methods, basic computer and image management skills, and an interest in American History and/or Art History. A time commitment of at least 20 hours per week is required.

Learning Objectives

Interns will gain experience in conducting curatorial research and cataloguing art objects. Training on the database provides interns with knowledge of a collections information system used by many major museums in the U.S. and abroad.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Up to three internship positions are available each term:  fall (September – December, application deadline July 1), winter/spring (January – April, application deadline October 15), and summer (June – August, application deadline January 31).

The National Portrait Gallery Office of Communications is responsible for all public relations for the museum, including corresponding with media, assisting with publicity for exhibitions and supporting media needs at special events. The Communications intern attends to daily responsibilities and ongoing special projects.

Routine tasks include monitoring and recording publicity garnered for the museum, researching media contacts, responding to visitor comments, email marketing and addressing media inquiries. Digital image and credit line requests from independent researchers, media and museum visitors are commonly directed to the intern.

Antes de la inauguración de las exhibiciones o eventos especiales, el pasante prepara dosiers de prensa y apoya al personal de asuntos públicos en los adelantos para la prensa. Se le puede pedir al pasante que apoye a los equipos de filmación o fotógrafos en el museo. A menudo hay trabajos de redacción, como la elaboración de avisos para los medios, el calendario de eventos y los materiales para los medios de comunicación social. Se valora al candidato que muestra grandes habilidades de redacción.

Pre-Requisites

Interns are expected to be professional and reliable in the office. An intern must work well with museum visitors and the media, as well as Portrait Gallery staff. An intern must possess the ability to research and organize information, then synthesize a concise written piece. The ability to manage time effectively and work independently is important. It is necessary to be comfortable with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will offer valuable preparation for a future career in museums or other arts organizations. The intern will gain experience in social media planning, as well as a combination of other skills necessary to manage social media assignments and other duties associated with the department.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Fall/winter, spring and summer. Full time, 5 days, 35 hours per week.

The Office of Design and Production is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of the National Portrait Gallery’s public spaces, with particular emphasis on permanent collection and special exhibitions galleries.

El diseño y la instalación implican la planificación del espacio, construcción, selección de color, alfombra y todos los demás elementos decorativos; diseño, fabricación y acabado de la caja y pedestal; diseño y fabricación de los soportes de los objetos; instalación de la colección; así como el diseño gráfico y de la iluminación, y la instalación.

Los pasantes deben tener conocimiento de o experiencia en, al menos uno de los siguientes: diseño general o gráfico, dibujo, cómo hacer un gabinete y diseño asistido por computadora (Computer Assisted Design, CAD), (por ejemplo, VectorWorks, Mini-CAD), Illustrator, Photoshop o InDesign.

También pueden ser adecuadas otras experiencias relacionadas con la exhibición, como el manejo e instalación de las obras de arte. Hay pasantías disponibles en diseño gráfico e iluminación.

Exhibiciones y producción de gráficos

The graphic design staff is responsible for the design, production, and installation of graphic elements of exhibition and other public spaces. This includes assisting with exhibition layouts; doing preparatory work for the exhibition planning process; typesetting labels and other texts; and producing and installing these labels and texts. The production staff is responsible for preparatory work in gallery spaces as well as art installation. The graphic design and production staff members are jointly responsible for maintaining gallery appearance and updating signs, banners, and posters.

Pre-Requisites

Interns should have experience with at least two of the following Adobe Creative Suite programs: Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is helpful. Interns should also have training in areas of graphic design such as typesetting and image scanning. Other useful skills include using production tools (cutting tools and tape measures) and mounting prints.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will prepare the intern for a career in a field involving design production and exhibition installation. The intern will gain valuable skills in exhibition management and planning, graphic design production for a museum, and graphic design maintenance.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

No hay pasantías disponibles en la actualidad. Sírvase revisar en el futuro las oportunidades de pasantías.

Diseño de la iluminación

El personal de diseño de la iluminación es responsable del diseño y la instalación de los elementos de iluminación de la exhibición. Las responsabilidades incluyen la iluminación de las obras de arte, la arquitectura y los objetos de arte.

Pre-Requisites

Los pasantes deben tener conocimiento de o experiencia en, al menos una de las siguientes áreas: diseño, dibujo, diseño gráfico, diseño asistido por computadora (Computer Assisted Design, CAD), o conocimientos informáticos gráficos en VectorWorks o Photoshop. Cualquier otra experiencia relacionada es útil, como la fotografía, electrónica, conservación en museos o taller de arte.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts, museums, or nonprofits. The intern will gain valuable experience in museum conservation and learn how to properly light artwork, architecture, and art objects.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

The Office of the Director oversees all aspects of the National Portrait Gallery. Interns work on special projects in museum management; board meeting preparation and execution, correspondence, and other clerical duties are carried out as well.

Pre-Requisites

Graduate students with a relevant interest and background in museum management are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point is required. Interns should also have exceptional written communication skills, strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently as well as with a team, and must be extremely detail-oriented.

Interns must be able to communicate in a professional, effective manner with prospective and current donors, commission members, museum visitors and fellow staff members and possess strong critical thinking skills. Interns are expected to be professional and reliable in the office. The ability to manage time effectively and work independently is important.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts, museum management, or other nonprofit fields. The intern will learn valuable organizational and resource management skills.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

The Office of Education is charged with making history come alive for its visitors through the art of portraiture. The department interacts with elementary and secondary school students, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, daily visitors, and interns. Information is disseminated through gallery tours, public programs, and educational outreach programs in order to address the full range of American history and portraiture and to reach the widest possible audience.

Docent and Intern Programs

The National Portrait Gallery’s internship program organizes and facilitates formal internships within the museum. Departmental placements are assigned based on their relevance to both the intern’s academic and professional goals and to the professional disciplines represented at the Portrait Gallery.

The Portrait Gallery’s docent program offers consistently high-quality tours that provide an interesting and engaging learning experience for visitors. Docents are specialized, part-time volunteer staff whose primary responsibility is to give tours that further the National Portrait Gallery’s mission of telling our country’s history through the significant

Interns assist with managing the day-to-day operations of the National Portrait Gallery’s intern program. Responsibilities include conducting administrative tasks such as maintaining the Portrait Gallery’s intern email account, ensuring observance of deadlines for special projects, overseeing outreach to intern supervisors and departmental directors, and providing general office support.

Additionally, interns organize enrichment events for current interns as a means of cohort building and professional development—these events include: tours to local museums and other Smithsonian Institutions and conversations with Portrait Gallery staff, administrators, and curators. 

Interns also provide support for the National Portrait Gallery’s docent program. Responsibilities include: observing docent- led tours, attending training sessions, researching sitters and artists for training sessions and specialty requests, and developing informational hand-outs on topics including audience experience and tour facilitation.

Pre-Requisites

Interns should be organized and have an attention to detail, and must be able to write clearly and concisely. Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or sufficient experience with similar programs and the demonstrated ability and willingness to quickly learn these programs is preferred. Interns should also be outgoing and personable; leadership or supervisory experience is helpful.

College undergraduates of any class year, as well as college graduates and graduate school students are encouraged to apply.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts management, museums, or other nonprofits. The intern will learn valuable organizational and resource management skills including volunteer management and small event planning.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos:

All terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Flexible schedule with a part-time or full-time option up to 35 hours per week. Some evenings required.

Programas Públicos

Interns are responsible for providing support in the research, development, and production of The National Portrait Gallery’s public programs. They provide logistical, administrative, and research support for our ongoing offerings to the public. The work requires interns to be flexible and open in their approaches to programming, as resources and priorities are subject to change. Areas of programming can include but are not limited to:

Author Talks: where authors of biographies on people in the Portrait Gallery’s collection visit and discuss some the subjects of their recent books with a live gallery audience.

"Portrait in a Minute": A YouTube series, in which mini-biographies of sitters in our collection are researched, written, narrated and filmed for presentation as part of our on-line conversation with the nation about the diverse sitters and cultures that make up the museum’s collection.

Film Screenings: Films linked to the history-makers represented in the museum’s collection are viewed, often accompanied with a discussion by presenters, who may include filmmakers, biographers, historians, actors, and activists, from all over the country.

Pre-Requisites

Interns need to have general knowledge and interest in American history and art. To preform intern responsibilities, a proficiency in research is necessary. A strong writing ability and interpersonal skills are essential and required. Basic Microsoft knowledge is needed.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an exciting experience offering an introductory understanding of the essential role of public engagement, while yielding the opportunity to learn and work at a prestigious museum. After this experience, the intern will be prepared to pursue an entry level job in a museum, with the career goal of working in arts management, or other cultural institutions that emphasize community and education. Above all, the intern will further develop his/her research and writing skills, having provided valuable work at the inception of and for the production of a public program.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

Student and Teacher Programs

Providing professional development experiences for teachers and gallery experiences for students is critical to the mission of the National Portrait Gallery’s Office of Education. Portrait Gallery educators use portrait-reading techniques as a springboard for a deeper conversation about various sitters or the era in which they lived.

Interns will work with the Student and Teacher Programs Manager preparing for and implementing the Portrait Gallery’s Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institutes. In addition, they will work on researching content and brainstorming lesson ideas for student programs for the upcoming academic year. They will also be involved in other miscellaneous projects related to student and teacher programs.

Pre-Requisites

An intern needs to have general knowledge of American history or art history, as well as proficiency in library research. Interpersonal and writing skills are essential, and some knowledge of word processing and computer spreadsheet programs is required. A degree in education or coursework in pursuing a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level is preferred.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will help prepare the intern for a career in museum education. The intern will learn valuable skills including program management, education program creation for a variety of audiences, and small event planning.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Full Time, Summer; application deadline March 31

Programas para adolescentes

Interns assist the Teen Programs Coordinator with the administration and facilitation of a range of summer programs, including the IMAGINE = IMAGE Photography workshop and the Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program. Interns assist the Teen Programs Coordinator with all aspects of these programs over the course of a ten-week period from Wednesday, June 1 through Wednesday, August 10. (See Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program on the Web site’s Youth and Family page for more information on this program.)

Interns provide support for IMAGINE= IMAGE and Portraits Alive! by conducting general clerical duties, such as scheduling and helping prepare documents, entering statistical data into spreadsheets and reports; calendar and timekeeping for teen participants, assisting in the preparation of program materials; and assisting with the facilitation of the programs and tours for visiting groups.

Interns may also assist with the research of sitters, artists, and special topics for use in developing new programs and educational materials. Interns respond to registration requests for programs, both oral and written, and answer basic questions about Teen Programs.

Pre-Requisites

Interns should possess a general knowledge of (and interest in) American history, art, and portraiture. Interns should be organized, with a strong attention to detail, and have good interpersonal and writing skills. A proficiency in library research and interest in museum education is important. Experience in working with high school teenagers—from freshmen to seniors—is helpful. Candidates should possess basic knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in education or art are preferred.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about art education through social practice as it encourages the engagement of young people in fostering their creativity and developing their appreciation for the arts. This will be accomplished by providing creative educational outlets and opportunities for the voices of young people to be heard. Additionally, this internship will allow the intern to engage with the National Portrait Gallery’s collections in a meaningful way and learn first-hand how the Portrait Gallery is reaching out to underserved communities through educational programming.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Summer.

Programas para los Jóvenes y la Familia

Youth and Family Programs at the National Portrait Gallery are created with the Office of Education's goals in mind: to present programs that “inform, involve, and inspire” the visitor. Each program contains components that allow visitors to have an interactive gallery experience and a chance to create something inspired by their visit to the Portrait Gallery. Programming may correspond to a special exhibition or to the permanent collection.

Los pasantes ayudan al coordinador del programa para los jóvenes y la familia con la administración y la facilitación de una serie de programas, incluyendo la asistencia con tareas administrativas, tales como los programas de planificación y la introducción de datos estadísticos en hojas de cálculo e informes; asistencia en la preparación de los materiales del programa; y la facilitación de programas en los fines de semana.

Interns may also conduct research on sitters, artists, and special topics for use in developing new programs and educational materials. Interns also assist the youth and family program coordinator with the scheduling of Girl Scout and after-school programs for the academic year, and tours for children’s groups in the summer.

Pre-Requisites

Interns should possess a general knowledge of (and interest in) American history, art, and portraiture. They should be organized, with a strong attention to detail, and have good interpersonal and writing skills.

A proficiency in library research and interest in museum education is important. Experience in working with children and their families—from ages pre-K through grade 12—is helpful. Interns should also possess basic knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in education or art are preferred, but mature high school students will be considered.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide experience in planning and facilitating a variety of engaging public programs. The intern will learn skills and trends in museum education relating to visitors of all ages, from toddlers to adults. This hands-on experience will provide knowledge for a career in education, museums, or other nonprofits.

Disponibilidad de pasantías

Internship available each term: fall, and winter/spring. Full Time, 5 days, 35 hours per week.

Internships within the Office of Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery provide undergraduate seniors, recent college graduates, or graduate students with experience in exhibition projects.  Additional assignments may include research and cataloguing of the Audio/Visual Special Collection.  Interns will become proficient in and utilize the Portrait Gallery’s collections management software, The Museum System (TMS), and may also be tasked with using the Smithsonian’s Digital Access Management System (DAMS).

Responsibilities in the Office of Exhibitions will include creating and updating object, constituent, loan, and exhibition records; preparing loan requests; entering lender conditions and loan requirements; tracking loan fees; and, researching and tracking copyright information. Intern would also have the opportunity to work on projects related to traveling exhibitions such as assisting with drafting marketing language for exhibition prospectuses; researching potential venues; assembling and mailing marketing materials to prospective venues; and, documenting results from museums who have hosted an exhibition.

Intern may be involved with ongoing work in the Audio/Visual (AV) Special Collection. Intern would assist the AV Cataloguer with tasks such as reviewing, processing, and cataloguing analog and digital media; performing research to enhance current records and archival procedures; and, transcribing digital videos.  Intern may be asked to create/maintain MS Excel and Access databases. Intern may also assist New Media department with similar tasks of preparing audio/visual assets for transfer to DAMS, including cataloguing recent audio and video files and ensuring naming conventions match TMS cataloguing format.

Intern may be asked to assist department staff and/or AV Cataloguer with other short-term tasks as needs arise, and according to the intern’s interest in wider exposure to the activities of the Office of Exhibitions.

In addition, the Exhibitions intern will be invited to department meetings and Exhibition committee meetings; encouraged to take part in SI-wide internship activities and related workshops; and, observe the daily activities of the Portrait Gallery.

Pre-Requisites

Los solicitantes deben tener un interés demostrado en los museos, el arte y la historia, así como una comprensión de la investigación histórica, la gestión de proyectos, y el desarrollo de exhibiciones. Tener experiencia en el trabajo con colecciones es un punto a favor. Las calificaciones adicionales incluyen: familiaridad con el uso de Microsoft Word, Outlook y Excel; sólidas capacidades de organización; conocimiento del software para la base de datos (por ej.: Microsoft Access); y sólidas capacidades de redacción.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum and will prepare the intern for a career in arts management, museums, or other non-profits. The intern will learn valuable organizational skills including exhibition development for both on-site and traveling exhibitions and systems for cataloguing A/V materials.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Fall, spring and summer intern applications will be reviewed in July, October and March; selections subject to office needs and applicant experience and programmatic compatibility.

El Departamento de Publicaciones es responsable del desarrollo, edición y producción de libros, catálogos y folletos para la Galería de Retratos. Todo el material publicado por el personal de la Galería Nacional de Retratos (NPG) pasa por esta oficina para asegurar la exactitud y uniformidad de estilo. Un pasante debe estar interesado en las publicaciones, el proceso de publicación y debe ser detallista, con experiencia en historia estadounidense, historia del arte o inglés. Es necesario que tenga facilidad en el manejo de Microsoft Word, y es útil el conocimiento de Excel y Access. Se requieren conocimientos de gramática y capacidades de corrección excepcionales.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

No hay pasantías disponibles en la actualidad. Sírvase revisar en el futuro las oportunidades de pasantías.

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the safekeeping of objects in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections, as well as objects in temporary custody for possible acquisition, special exhibitions, and study purposes. The office creates and maintains the official records for all objects in the Portrait Gallery’s collections. The office also oversees the storage, packing and shipping of objects, and maintains insurance documentation and legal custody agreements (loan agreements) for loaned objects

Interns will work on the on-going accession file project, creating the files that hold the official documents pertaining to the acquisition of collection objects. Interns will assist the Registrar staff with collections movement and inventory, as well as condition reporting and packing/unpacking art objects. Interns may have the opportunity to work on collections storage projects and object cataloging projects. Interns will be trained to use the gallery's collections management database, The Museum System (TMS), for the purposes of generating reports, and possible data entry. Interns may be asked to assist department staff with other short-term tasks as needs arise. Work will occur at the Portrait Gallery’s offices in the Victor Building, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture, and at the off-site storage facility in Largo, MD.

Pre-Requisites

Applicants should have a background in American history, art history, or museum studies and have a knowledge of basic museum collections management practices, including collections care, documentation, and information systems. Applicants should be organized and detail-oriented and be able to effectively communicate orally and in written format with Portrait Gallery staff and other interns. Applicants must be comfortable working with computers in a Windows environment and must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is a plus.

Learning Objectives

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum and will prepare the intern for a career in arts management, museums, or other non-profits responsible for object registration.. The intern will learn valuable organizational skills including but not limited to: object and condition reports for incoming and outgoing artwork, collections storage projects, and other tasks associated with object handling and management.

Está disponible la pasantía por periodos.

Todos los periodos: otoño, invierno/primavera, y verano.

Sírvase presentar su solicitud a través del sistema de presentación de solicitudes en línea en https://solaa.si.edu.

Sírvase tener en cuenta que las solicitudes completas deben incluir lo siguiente:

  • Formulario de solicitud al programa de pasantías
  • Transcripciones académicas (se aceptan las no oficiales)
  • Ensayo personal (para explicarnos de qué forma la pasantía promoverá sus objetivos académicos/profesionales)
  • Dos cartas de referencia

The application deadline for summer internships is March 1 . Applications for fall, winter, and spring internships are accepted on an ongoing basis. The length of time that an applicant is available as an intern is a consideration in the evaluation of applications. Interns are encouraged to have health insurance.

Consejos básicos para la presentación de la solicitud en línea

  • NO debe presentar su solicitud hasta haber subido todos los componentes necesarios (es decir, transcripciones, ensayo personal, curriculum vitae). Una vez que se ha presentado, no se pueden subir otros documentos o realizar cambios en la solicitud.
  • Debe subir sus documentos como un archivo en .pdf o .jpeg. Se pueden subir otros formatos de archivos, pero podrían no conservar sus comandos de formato.
  • Se puede subir una transcripción oficial o no oficial escaneando primero el documento y guardándolo en .pdf o .jpeg.
  • Asegúrese de hacer clic en el botón "enviar correo electrónico". Esto provoca que el sistema envíe por correo electrónico sus referencias con las instrucciones para subir la carta de referencia. Sírvase pedir sus referencias sobre esto por adelantado.

Elegibilidad

La Galería Nacional de Retratos ofrece pasantías a estudiantes universitarios y graduados, y para personas no asociados a programas académicos pero que tienen interés en la investigación o carrera en museos. La disponibilidad de las pasantías depende de los proyectos departamentales y las necesidades del personal, así como la formación, capacidades e intereses del solicitante. Las calificaciones varían dependiendo del proyecto, pero la mayoría son para estudiantes universitarios de nivel superior y graduados. Sírvase leer líneas arriba la posición específica del pasante antes de seleccionar los proyectos en su solicitud.

Créditos

El Smithsonian no otorga créditos universitarios, pero muchas escuelas y universidades de los EE. UU. reconocerán el trabajo académico realizado durante la pasantía. Póngase en contacto con su asesor académico para las instrucciones sobre cómo recibir los créditos.

Estipendios

La mayoría de las pasantías de la Galería Nacional de Retratos (NPG) son puestos voluntarios no remunerados. Están disponibles algunas pasantías financiadas en una base competitiva a través de la Oficina de Becas (202-633-7070).

¿Preguntas?

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso de solicitud, sírvase enviar sus consultas a npgInterns@si.edu. Si tiene preguntas relativas a la solicitud del Sistema de Citas Académicas en Línea del Smithsonian (Smithsonian OnLine Academic Appointment System, SOLAA), sírvase ir a la sección de ayuda en el sitio web SOLAA.