Office of Education
The Office of Education is charged with making history come alive for its visitors through the art of portraiture. The department interacts with elementary and secondary school students, senior citizens, disabled persons, daily visitors, and interns. Information is disseminated through gallery tours, public programs, and educational outreach programs in order to address the full range of American history and portraiture and to reach the widest possible audience.
- Teacher Programs
Providing professional development experiences for teachers across the nation is critical to the mission of the National Portrait Gallery’s Office of Education. NPG educators use portrait-reading techniques with teachers as a springboard for a deeper conversation about various sitters or the era in they lived. The office takes part in the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program. The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. School districts partner with entities such as the Portrait Gallery to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development.
Interns will work on researching content for and brainstorming lesson ideas for Teaching American History workshops. They will also be involved in other miscellaneous projects related to school and teacher programs.
An intern needs to have general knowledge of American history or art, as well as proficiency in library research. Interpersonal and writing skills are essential, and some knowledge of word processing and computer spreadsheet programs is required. A degree in education or coursework in pursuing a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level is preferred.
Terms Internship Is Available:
All terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer.
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