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 Education Department provides all ages with opportunities to engage with The Phillips Collection and special exhibitions. The museum’s award-winning education initiatives serve 180,000 students, families, and teachers in D.C. and across the country each year.
The K12 Education Intern will gain meaningful training in art museum interpretation and learning, while supporting the department’s needs and initiatives.
Duration: Eight continuous weeks and at least 20-22 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: October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email.
- Supporting the museum’s K12 programming, including: school, outreach, family, and teacher programs; national and local K-12 initiatives; and the production and distribution of educational resources.
- Observing and assisting with Art Links to Learning, including classroom and museum visits, data collection and evaluation.
- Supporting the Teach with the Prism of Arts Integration National Initiative, a five-year initiative focusing on innovative arts-integration teacher training.
- Conducting research on the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and teaching methods for development of national K-12 initiatives, Art Links to Learning, and teacher programs.
- Preparing and maintaining supplies and materials for in-gallery interpretation and art workshops.
- Supporting additional Education Department initiatives and programs as needed.
- Performing additional tasks as assigned
- Full-time graduate or highly qualified undergraduate student in museum studies, art education, education, studio art, art history.
- Teaching experience preferable; museum and/or studio arts experience a plus.
- A proactive attitude and excellent problem solving skills.
- A professional presence demonstrating flexibility and patience while upholding institutional policies and procedures.
- Strong time management skills.
- Ability to work independently and in a group or team.
- Excellent written/oral communication skills.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint proficient.
- Ability to walk/stand or be mobile for at least 90 minutes; ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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