Internships at NMWA

Have you considered interning at the National Museum of Women in the Arts? Interns at NMWA gain experience in a museum setting, learning and advancing their careers while helping departments from development to education to curatorial. What’s a NMWA internship really like?

Rebecca Ljungren, college senior and NMWA education intern, spring 2015:

  • Why were you interested in a NMWA internship?
  • The unique quality of the museum as the only one in the world solely dedicated to women artists—as well as raving reviews from past interns—pushed me to apply. This is my first internship and I feel lucky that it was at NMWA!
  • Can you describe your job?
  • There is never a dull moment! From helping put together workshops to researching artists, giving tours, and assembling self-guides, the skills I learned are extremely valuable toward my future goals—as well as a ton of fun!
  • What was something unexpected you learned about NMWA?
  • How small each department is, but how much they are able to get done. This place is a powerhouse.
Spring 2015 interns in front of Chakaia Booker’s Acid Rain

Spring 2015 interns in front of Chakaia Booker’s Acid Rain; Photo credit: Laura Hoffman

Lucas Matheson, college junior and NMWA development intern, spring 2015:

  • Can you describe your job?
  • My job included recognition projects, funding research, and donor database management. Additionally, I worked on copyright acquisition for the Membership Department and the Registrar.
  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • My favorite part has been communicating with artists as part of my copyright project. It has been wonderful to see how happy artists are to support NMWA. Also, Maria Friberg (an artist from Stockholm) unexpectedly sent a beautiful book of her photographs. That was a wonderful bonus.
  • Anything else you’d like to add?
  • I had not anticipated how supportive NMWA staff would be—both from a professional and an educational perspective. I was encouraged to visit other institutions, ask questions, attend gallery talks, and simply spend time in the galleries. NMWA was interested in my growth as an individual, not just my abilities to support the museum, and that meant a lot.
Spring 2015 interns in NMWA’s galleries; Photo credit: Laura Hoffman

Spring 2015 interns in NMWA’s galleries; Photo credit: Laura Hoffman

Monica Varner, recent art history graduate and NMWA library and research center intern, spring 2015:

  • Can you describe your job?
  • I answer questions from researchers using the archives and library resources. I also staff the reference desk to assist patrons. I am learning how to catalogue records for the Archive of Women Artists as well as books and exhibition catalogues.
  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • My favorite part is getting “hands-on” experience in cataloging and working with institutional and artist archives. It is a real advantage to be able to apply theory outside of the classroom.
  • Would you recommend a NMWA internship?
  • I would definitely recommend a NMWA internship. It’s great being at a museum with a strong presence in D.C., but where you’re not lost in a sea of interns.

Interested in learning more? Visit the museum’s website to apply!