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Gallery Guides

Gallery Guides engage our visitors in an open dialogue about art. This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity that invites interns to explore art alongside our visitors. The program begins with an intensive training session that focuses on exhibition content, touring and dialogue techniques. After training, Guides have gallery shifts that total 12 hours/week and a 3 hour office shift during which they will work with Hirshhorn staff to produce education materials. Guides work as a team to develop a thorough understanding of the visitor experience that will be valuable in any museum career.  They also have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of staff to gain an understanding of the many functions that contribute to exhibition development as well as a greater knowledge of museum career trajectories.    

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Applicants should be curious and inquisitive, with a strong interest in learning about modern/contemporary art and art museums in general. 


Spring 2015

Program Dates: January 12 – June 1
Application Deadline: November 15

Summer 2015

Program Dates: May 18 – September 11
Application Deadline: March 15

Email the following to marucak@si.edu with subject: LastName_IG (ex. Maruca_IG)

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Academic writing sample (5 – 15 pages)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (may be sent separately)
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