Employer Profile: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC



With the largest collection of American art in the world, and the oldest federal art collection, the Smithsonian American Art Museum offers a stimulating environment for professional museum training. With exhibitions and collections located in the historic Donald W. Reynolds Center building, the Museum has developed extensive research resources for the study of American art and culture, including an award-winning scholarly journal and website.

The Renwick Gallery, located across from the White House, ( currently closed for interior renovations) is also a part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and houses the Museum’s collection of American crafts. Since 1968, the internship programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum have provided instruction and inspiration to over one thousand graduate and undergraduate students, as well as others seeking self-enrichment. Former interns have achieved success in professional positions, nationally and internationally, in both the art and museum fields.


Possible museum internships in Exhibitions Design and Production (may include the Lighting Design area), Technology and New Media, and Education departments (and possibly other museum areas, according to students’ interests, academic backgrounds, and experience).  Internships are part-time, 20 hours weekly (8:45 am to 5:15 pm), during the fall, 2014 and spring, 2015 semesters; full-time for eight weeks (8:45 am to 5:15 pm) during the Summer Program, which takes place early to mid June and ending late July or early August.  The internship locations would be, primarily, in the Victor building, 750 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (where museum staff departments are located), with some tasks periodically taking place in the Donald W. Reynolds Center building, located at F and 9th Streets, NW.  Interns would participate in current museum projects and activities, have an opportunity to observe departmental functions, along with museum and staff operations, and also participate in events and activities, presented by museum professionals, organized specifically to support the intern group, their learning experiences and career development.

A note from the Career Development Office: Please note that this experience will be tremendously valuable to a student’s career development, but is not eligible for course credit.  Please contact the CDO with any questions.