Office of Exhibitions
Office of Exhibitions
The Office of Exhibitions is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of exhibitions created by the National Portrait Gallery, including scheduling and budgets as well as the incoming and outgoing loan program for temporary and long-term loans. The office also oversees the traveling exhibition program, developing traveling shows, scheduling tours, and procuring host venues. Exhibition-related materials such as checklists, installation and conservation requirements, contracts with vendors and venues, and educational programs checklists are also produced by this office. The office creates and maintains the official exhibition records for NPG in word documents, databases, photographic materials, etc. The office also oversees NPG’s Audio/Visual (AV) Archive, including cataloguing, digitizing, and transcribing archival time-based media.
Intern Position Description
Intern will be introduced to the rudiments of exhibition management and coordination. Generally, interns may have interaction with other NPG staff and offices, including art historians, historians, Public Affairs, Conservation, Education, and New Media and Publications. Additional contacts may be made with wider Smithsonian staff, supporting the work of this office, NPG, and contractors.
Intern may be asked to assist office staff with other tasks as needs arise, including work in the AV Archive, and according to the intern’s interest in wider exposure to the activities of the office of Exhibitions.
Depending on computer skill level, intern may be asked to create/maintain MS Excel, Access, or FastTrack program databases, and use Adobe Acrobat Photoshop for digital imaging needs. Intern will also be trained in NPG’s collections management software, The Museum System (TMS).
Interns should have a background in American history, American art/art history, and/or museum studies and good research and keyboarding skills. Interns should also be organized and detail-oriented, and familiar with Microsoft Office suite software, including Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat products is a plus. Prior office environment experience or administrative work is highly desirable.
An intern must be at least an undergraduate junior or higher.
Fall, Spring, and Summer intern applications will be reviewed; selections subject to office needs and applicant experience and programmatic compatibility.
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