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The Office of Communications is responsible for all public relations for the museum, including corresponding with media, assisting with publicity for exhibitions and supporting media needs at special events. The Communications intern attends to daily responsibilities and ongoing special projects.

Routine tasks include monitoring and recording publicity garnered for the museum, researching media contacts, responding to visitor comments and addressing media inquiries. Digital image and credit line requests from independent researchers, media and museum visitors are commonly directed to the intern.

Prior to exhibition openings or special events, the intern assembles press kits and supports the public affairs staff at press previews. The intern may be asked to assist with film crews or photographers at the museum. There are often writing assignments, such as drafting media advisories, the calendar of events and materials for social media outlets. A candidate possessing strong writing skills is valued.

Interns are expected to be professional and reliable in the office. An intern must work well with museum visitors and the media, as well as NPG staff. An intern must possess the ability to research and organize information, then synthesize a concise written piece. The ability to manage time effectively and work independently is important. It is necessary to be comfortable with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Terms Internship Is Available:
All terms: Fall, Spring and Summer.


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