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The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development, and culture. Through powerful imagery, we connect people and their stories. Apply for an internship at the National Portrait Gallery, and help us keep America’s stories alive and vibrant for future generations.

The Office of Advancement is responsible for raising private support for the National Portrait Gallery. While Federal funding allows the museum to remain open and free of charge, it is only because of private support we are able to reach, inform, and inspire audiences with our one-of-a-kind collections, exhibitions, and outreach programs.

Interns will assist the Office of Advancement with a variety of projects including prospect identification and research, database management, membership support, fundraising communications, and special events planning. Interns will also have the opportunity to volunteer at exhibition openings and donor cultivation events.

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious museum, and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts, museums, or nonprofits. The internship schedule is flexible, but full-time is preferred.

The intern should be detail-oriented, have an interest in research and possess strong writing and critical thinking skills. Interns must be able to communicate in a professional, effective manner with prospective and current donors, board members, museum visitors and fellow staff members. An interest in history and the visual arts is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is required.

Terms Internship is Available
All terms: Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer.

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