The Corcoran Gallery of Art offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year. Based on a program of supervised learning, Corcoran internships provide students with an opportunity to experience museum operations and to pursue academic and professional goals.
Academic year internships
The Corcoran offers academic year internships (September–May) to college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and students between academic degree programs. To correspond with class schedules, interns arrange flexible work hours (approximately 15–25 hours per week) or can choose to intern full-time. Interns are asked to apply to specific departments at the Corcoran. During the academic year, interns work on projects uniquely designed for that specific term with direction from their supervisor. Students desiring academic credit for their internship must make appropriate arrangements with their college or university. The Corcoran can offer no stipend.
The Corcoran offers ten-week summer internships, from June through August. We welcome college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and those between degrees. The program gives firsthand museum experience for students who want to make a career in the arts.
Weekly panel discussions with Corcoran staff offer interns a chance to learn from experts in a variety of museum disciplines. Interns will also visit other D.C. art institutions to meet professionals in diverse fields and discover lesser-known venues in our exciting city.
Summer interns generally maintain regular staff hours, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Academic credit can be arranged with the intern’s college or university. The Corcoran is unable to offer a stipend.
Internships are available throughout the year in several departments.
Summer 2014 application deadline: March 14, 2014
Fall 2014 application deadline: July 14, 2014
Spring 2015 application deadline: November 14, 2014
Application Review Process
All application materials must be postmarked by the specified application deadline in order to be considered during the review process. It is preferred to have all application materials in one envelope. Receipt of application will be sent via email when an applicant’s file is complete. Qualified applicants will then be contacted to schedule a phone interview. The museum cannot conduct informational interviews prior to application deadlines. All applicants will be notified of final decisions. If you have any questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator directly. If unable to participate in a full-time internship position, please visit the Volunteer section of our website to download an application.
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Internship contact and application information
All application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline to be considered. For more information, please contact the Intern Coordinator via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required application materials:
- Intern Application form (click here to download)
- Official transcript(s)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Cover letter (Please list your three department placement preferences and state your reasons for wanting to participate in the Corcoran's internship program. Explain how such an experience will help to further your education and career plans. Please outline your abilities, interests, and career goals.
Mail all materials to:
Manager of Internships and Volunteers
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006