THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
THE ADVANCED LEVEL PROGRAM IN MUSEUM OPERATIONS 2022-2023
Students from all cultural, economic, and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Advanced Level Program is the oldest and most structured museum operations program in the Smithsonian Institution. For 54 years, former Smithsonian American Art Museum interns have become successful museum and art field professionals in positions around the world. Former interns also comprise an active Alumni Association that meets yearly during the College Art Association conference.
THE ADVANCED LEVEL PROGRAM IN MUSEUM OPERATIONS: Two semesters (fall and spring)
All students are assigned mentors and complete two-three museum assignments over two semesters in areas that are compatible with each person’s interests and/or career aspirations. These hands-on projects are accompanied by weekly academic workshops and seminars, presented by museum and art field professionals. The workshops, seminars and other planned activities combine to provide an in-depth overview of museum operations for all program participants. For a list of possible museum assignment areas, with requirements for students’ placements, see: https://americanart.si.edu/research/internships (Please note that the full-time Kim Igoe internship, described below, requires the student’s assignments to be in the Registrar’s Office and Lunder Conservation Center.)
Applicants to the SAAM’s Advanced Level Program should have some previous museum or art-related experience; may be graduate students, college seniors, or individuals with a four-year college degree (enrollment in an academic program is not required) or international students.
Most internships are part-time positions, 20-hours weekly, to allow individuals to have employment or be enrolled in an academic program in conjunction with their internship. All part-time participants receive stipends and will automatically be considered for a stipend award from the museum’s named endowments (a financial need statement is not required).
TWO FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
1.) The Steven and Stephanie Kasok Family Internship for Museum Studies; September 2022-April 2023;full-time, on-site; $20,000 stipend award. Supports one highly qualified student in a full-time (40 hour) internship for two semesters. This internship was designed to provide financial assistance to a student with severe economic need, in an effort to increase the diversity of individuals entering the museum field. Students applying for this internship position should add a “Statement of Financial Need” to the required application documents listed below.
2.) The Kim Igoe Advanced Level Internship in Collections Management,January to December, 2023; full-time, on-site, $34,000 stipend award. This internship position is part of a new project, jointly administered by the Museum’s Registrar’s Office and the Lunder Conservation Center, in support of the Kim Igoe Endowment for the cataloguing, conservation, study, and presentation of James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, a major artwork in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Applicants should have a high academic record, previous experience in a museum Registrar’s Office and be dedicated to a career as a Museum Registrar.
Application materials for both part-time and full-time internships consist of a resume, a statement of purpose, all official or unofficial transcripts above high school and two recommendations (academic and/professional). (Only applicants for the Kasok Family Internship should add a Statement of Financial Need to their application materials.)
The Application Deadline is June 15, 2022 for both part-time and full-time internship positions. All application materials from the applicant and/or the person’s recommenders should be emailed to: AmericanArtInternPro@si.edu Questions or more information use the same email address above. See this website for more information: https://americanart.si.edu/research/internships