Hirshhorn Museum, Gallery Guide Internship

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian’s modern and contemporary art museum, is seeking independent, enthusiastic, and personable individuals to serve as Gallery Guides for the museum.

Gallery Guides are knowledgeable and welcoming volunteers who open the worlds of the Hirshhorn’s unparalleled collections and ground breaking exhibitions for a diverse local, national, and international audience. Building on visitors’ interests and questions, Gallery Guides promote meaningful conversation and memorable experiences in the Museum as they orient and accompany visitors through the exhibitions and provide information about current and upcoming programs.

This program is an excellent opportunity to develop career goals or deepen understanding and connection to art. Gallery Guides can expect to learn about art and artists in the collection and upcoming special exhibitions as well as build skills in museum education, visitor service, and public speaking. Benefits include behind-the-scenes access, continuing learning opportunities, participation in public programs and openings, a Smithsonian badge (including retail, food, program discounts), and a network of art professionals and enthusiasts.

Gallery Guides commit to 1-3 four-hour shifts per week. Gallery Guides interested in leading tours may complete additional training. The program is open all people over the age of 18 and available for course credit. We welcome applicants with backgrounds in both art and non-art disciplines and speakers of other languages.

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to hmsgguides@si.edu.  Applications due May 5.

Important Dates:

  • May 5: Application deadline
  • May 8-11: Interviews
  • May 22 – 24: Program orientation and training
  • June 3: Shifts begin