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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.
  • Intern and Docent Programs
    NPG’s internship program organizes and facilitates formal internships within the museum. Internships should be relevant both to the intern's academic and professional goals and to the professional disciplines represented at NPG.

    NPG’s docent program offers consistently high-quality tours that are fresh and interesting to visitors. Docents are specialized, part-time volunteer staff whose primary job is to give tours furthering NPG’s mission of telling our country’s history through the significant individuals depicted through the art of portraiture.

    Intern and Docent Programs Internship Description
    Interns assist with managing the day-to-day operations of the NPG intern program, which includes drafting, updating, and managing responses to applications; ensuring observance of deadlines; organizing and maintaining a file system for incoming applications; creating and updating the application process spreadsheet; and distributing applications to appropriate NPG staff. Interns also organize enrichment events for current interns and monitor the Internship Program Manual to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date, drafting new sections as requested. In addition, interns answer public inquires about museum programs, referring inquiries to staff as appropriate, and review NPG’s intern Web site for information accuracy, drafting updates as appropriate.

    Interns also assist with the docent program, including researching sitters and artists for training sessions; assisting with development of text for training materials; assisting with the adult tour scheduling program; and drafting materials for the public, such as the Web site and tour scheduling modules. Interns also respond to oral and written inquiries about the adult tour program and schedule tours.

    Interns should be organized and have an attention to detail. Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or sufficient experience with similar programs and the demonstrated ability and willingness to quickly learn these programs is required. Interns must have the ability to write clearly and concisely. Interns should be outgoing and personable; leadership or supervisory experience is helpful.

    Terms Internship Is Available:
    All terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer.


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