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The Office of Design and Production is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of NPG’s public spaces, with particular emphasis on permanent collection and special exhibitions galleries.

Design and installation involves space planning, construction, selection of color, carpet, and all other decorative elements, case and pedestal design, fabrication, finishing, design and fabrication of object supports, collection installation, as well as graphic and lighting design and installation.

Interns should have knowledge of, or experience in, at least one of the following: general or graphic design, drafting, cabinet-making, and computer-assisted design (CAD) (e.g., VectorWorks, Mini-CAD), Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign.

Other exhibition-related experience, such as art-handling and installation, would be useful. Internships are available in graphic and in lighting design.
  • Exhibit and Graphics Production
    The graphic design staff is responsible for the design, production, and installation of graphic elements of exhibition and other public spaces. This includes assisting with exhibition layouts; doing preparatory work for the exhibition planning process; typesetting labels and other texts; and producing and installing these labels and texts. The production staff is responsible for preparatory work in gallery spaces as well as art installation. The graphic design and production staffmembers are jointly responsible for maintaining gallery appearance and updating signs, banners, and posters.

    Interns should have experience with at least two of the following Adobe Creative Suite programs: Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is helpful. Interns should also have training in areas of graphic design such as typesetting and image scanning.Other useful skills include using production tools (cutting tools and tape measures) and mounting prints.

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



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