Graduate Intern for Programs and Lectures

Internships at the Phillips


The Phillips Collection Internship program is open to 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 Graduate Intern for Programs and Lectures researches and presents gallery talks to adult and high school tour groups at The Phillips Collection.

Duration:  Eight continous weeks and at least 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):

  • Assisting with day-to-day public programming operations.
  • Researching and presenting gallery talks to adult and high school tour groups about special exhibitions and the permanent collection at The Phillips Collection.
  • Giving daily spotlight tours (20 minutes in length) on one work of art on view in the museum to the visiting public.
  • Conducting research.
  • Completing data entry.
  • Assisting with report-writing and other clerical assignments.
  • Preparing materials on special exhibitions and the permanent collection for docent training.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Assisting at evening events such as Phillips after 5 and other community events as needed.
  • Enrollment in a Master’s of Art History degree program or recent completion of a Master’s degree in Art History.
  • Strong background in 19th and 20th century American and European art preferred; interest in contemporary art ideal.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Strong organizational and computer abilities.

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

Pay rate


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