One of the most exciting things about studying art history at American University is the opportunity to become directly involved with art world research, exhibition production, and/or program development through internships. Virtually all museums and many galleries in Washington, as well as other cultural institutions such as the Library of Congress and the Archives of American Art, offer internship opportunities. Additionally, the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center offers internship possibilities right here on campus.
Most internships are unpaid and require 16 to 20 hours of work per week.
You may take one unpaid internship for academic credit (3 hours).
This involves keeping a journal in which you discuss your experiences and completing an annotated bibliography and a research paper as you would for a regular course. Museum internship application deadlines are usually at least six months in advance of the semester or summer when you would like to work. See Professor Juliet Bellow about specific internship opportunities. We have put together a booklet of various local and some national internship options, which is available in the Visual Resources Center. You can also consult local and national museum and gallery web pages for more information, application forms, etc.
Second-year master’s student Emily McAlpine gained curatorial experience with a Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden internship.