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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.
  • Youth & Family Programs
    Youth and Family Programs at the National Portrait Gallery are created with the Office of Education's goals in mind: to present programs that “inform, involve, and inspire” the visitor. Each program contains components that allow visitors to have an interactive gallery experience and a chance to create something inspired by their visit to the NPG. Programming may correspond to a special exhibition or to the permanent collection.

    Youth and Family Programs Academic Year Internship Description
    Interns assist the youth and family program coordinator with the administration and facilitation of a range of programs, including assisting with clerical duties, such as scheduling programs and entering statistical data into spreadsheets and reports; assisting in the preparation of program materials; and facilitating programs on weekends.

    Interns may also assist with the research of sitters, artists, and special topics for use in developing new programs and educational materials. Interns respond to registration requests for programs, both oral and written, and answer basic questions about youth and family programs. They support the youth and family program coordinator with the scheduling of Girl Scout and after-school programs for the academic year and tours for children’s groups in the summer and help prepare documents and for the Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program.

    Qualifications
    Interns should possess a general knowledge of (and interest in) American history, art, and portraiture. Interns should be organized, with a strong attention to detail, and have good interpersonal and writing skills. A proficiency in library research and interest in museum education is important. Experience in working with children and their families—from ages pre-K through grade 12—is helpful. Candidates should possess basic knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in education or art are preferred, but mature high school students will be considered.

    Internship Availability:
    Internship available each term: fall, and winter/spring.


    Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program Summer Internship Description
    Interns assist the youth and family program coordinator with all aspects of the administration and facilitation of the Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program during a ten-week period from mid-June through the third week in August. The duties for this internship include calendar and timekeeping for teens, general office duties, and assistance with facilitating tours for visiting children’s groups. (See Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program on the Web site’s Youth and Family page for more information on this program.)

    Qualifications
    Interns should possess a general knowledge of (and interest in) American history, art, and portraiture. Interns should be organized, with a strong attention to detail, and have good interpersonal and writing skills. A proficiency in library research and interest in museum education is important. Experience in working with school-age children and teens is required. Candidate should possess basic knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in education or art are preferred.

    Internship Availability:
    Internship available each summer: mid-June through the third week of August.

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