Office of Education
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.
Interns are responsible for providing support in the research, development, and production of NPG’s public programs. They provide logistical, administrative, and research support for our four ongoing series: Cultures in Motion, Face-to-Face, Living Self-Portraits, and Reel Portraits. The work requires interns to be flexible and open in their approaches to programming, as resources and priorities are subject to change.
Cultures in Motion is NPG’s performing arts series. Broad in scope, the series is designed to educate and promote mutual understanding of the diverse cultures that make up both the NPG collection and the mosaic of American heritage.
Living Self-Portraits identifies living persons who have made significant contributions to American culture and can expect to be included in our collection of sitters. The program interviews the sitters in front of live audiences
Face-to-Face is a series of informed, informal discussions about a single work on display in the NPG. The program staff and interns are responsible for choosing monthly themes (for example, “Scoundrels” and ”Nation-Builders”), recruiting presenters, matching recruits to works on display, and marketing, managing, and recording the Thursday- evening presentations. Presenters include artists, art historians, curators, professors, and authors who are drawn from cultural organizations throughout the metropolitan Washington region.
Reel Portraits is a film and conversation series that links motion pictures to the history-makers in NPG’s collection. Films run the gamut from an Alfred Hitchcock mini-festival to a thriving partnership with the Environmental Film Festival. Presenters, including filmmakers, biographers, historians, actors, and activists, are drawn from all over the country. The program staff and interns are responsible for selecting appropriate films; recruiting suitable presenters;, developing program themes that make strong and varied connections to the collection; and marketing, managing, and recording the presentations.
Interns need to have general knowledge of American history or art, as well as proficiency in library research. Interpersonal and writing skills are essential, and some knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, and computer spreadsheet programs is required.
Terms Internship Is Available:
Two internship positions all terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer.
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