Internships and Professional Position at the National Gallery, Washington, DC


National Gallery of Art Summer Internship Program

Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.

There is one internship opening in the Gallery Archives Department. The intern will work directly with materials relating to the history of the National Gallery of Art, including files, photographs, and architectural drawings for the museum’s buildings. He or she will organize, preserve, and describe a group of documents and undertake related digital imaging and database development for them. The intern will be introduced to archival principles and the work of museum archives as well as practical issues associated with the transition to the digital environment. Preference will be given to current graduate students (e.g., MA, MLS) with an interest in the digital imaging of archival materials and 2008 graduates with such a degree.

Dates for the internship will be June 16 to August 15, 2008. Interns receive a stipend of $4,500 and are subject to all applicable taxes.

Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

For application and additional information, please visit:


Library: Art History Database Project
The intern will assist with the automation and digitization of the Gallery’s image collection and will be introduced to all aspects of visual resources curatorship. He or she will learn the basic principles of information management, digitization, and image librarianship and will add digital files and detailed records for works of art to the library’s online catalogue. The intern will suggest an area of concentration in American, Australian, or European art and architecture and a topic will be assigned. Candidates should have completed at least one year of graduate work in either art history or library science. Advanced course work in the relevant subject area and knowledge of computer systems are required. Reading knowledge of one or more European languages is highly desirable.

Library: Reproductive Print Project
The intern will assist with cataloging and digitizing the Library’s collection of reproductive prints of works of art. Current graduate students in European art history (fifteenth to eighteenth-century) of all levels are eligible to apply. Reading knowledge of French and another European language is highly desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of print technology. Familiarity with museum registration or archives procedures and methods will be useful.

Library – Image Collections :

Washington, D.C.
Vacancy Announcement no. 07-77
Closing date: 11/16/2007

Salary: $46,041 – $59,852 P/A


The position is located within the Library’s Department of Image Collections of the National Gallery of Art. Maintains and develops an extensive study collection of slides, photographs and digital images of American and British art to 1900. Performs original descriptive and subject online cataloging of images using the Library’s online catalogue (Mercury) and image database (Oculus), with all information being coded into machine-readable formats. Contributes to the development of two online authority files – a subject and institutional/personal name file and an artist file. Assists in the implementation of the Gallery’s image classification and subject heading system for art historical images. Researches and upgrades the Department’s American and British art to 1900 collections and identifies photographic images needed to enhance the collection and recommends their purchase. Assists Gallery staff, fellows, and visiting scholars by providing reference assistance for locating images. Monitors the physical condition of the image collections and takes action to conserve or replace damaged images. Catalogs images for assigned National Gallery temporary exhibitions and updates records upon publication of exhibition catalog.

For full information about how to apply for this position, see and see Vacancy Announcement no. 07-77.

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