Center for the Study of Modern Art: Internship in Research and Programs

Internships at the Phillips


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.

The Center for the Study of Modern Art serves as an interdisciplinary forum for scholarly discussion, research, and publication on issues of production, exhibition, conservation, and theory of modern and contemporary art. Scholars, including curators, faculty, and students of art and art history and related disciplines of the humanities and sciences, as well as leading contemporary artists animate our study and discussion of art.

The Center Internship in Research and Programs involves a considerable amount of research on modern and contemporary art related to planning, exhibitions, and programming, as well as experience working events organized by the Center for the Study of Modern Art.

Interns at the Center for the Study of the Modern Art have an opportunity to work closely with staff on a variety of projects, including helping the postdoctoral fellow in residence with his/her research, assisting the Director of the Center and Curator at Large with curatorial research and task related to exhibition planning, and supporting the Manager of Center Initiatives with day-to-day administration and public program staffing.

Duration: 16-20 hours per week is preferred. 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.

*Application deadline dates are as follows:
Spring Internship:        December 1
Summer Internship:     April 1
Fall Internship:             July 31

 * Dates are subject to change.

Please submit a résumé, letter of interest, 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 with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email.

(include but are not limited to):

  • Supporting the postdoctoral fellow in residence with his/her research
  • Assisting the Director of the Center and Curator at Large with curatorial research and exhibition planning
  • Assisting the Manager of Center Initiatives with day-to-day administrative operations
  • Staffing after-hours public programs, including  Conversation with ArtistsCreative Voices DC events, and Duncan Phillips Lectures
  • Researching modern and contemporary artists, topics, and issues relevant to programming and center initiatives.
  • Completing data entry.
  • Assisting with report-writing and other clerical assignments.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Enrollment in a Fine Arts or Art History degree program or recent completion of such degree. Junior/senior undergraduate and graduate students are preferred.
  • Interest in contemporary art and familiarity with contemporary art platforms is ideal.
  • Knowledge of 19th and 20th century American and European art preferred.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Strong organizational and computer abilities; proficiency in Microsoft Office; working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred but not required.
  • Experience and comfort in interacting with public.
  • Japanese and/or Chinese language skills preferred for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 internships

Gallery Educators, Volunteers, Interns, and Temporaries are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Complimentary guest admission to museum (subject to availability)
  • 20% discount at Museum Shop
  • 10% discount at Museum Café
  • Invitations to seminars, lectures, and special events

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