The National Museum of African Art launched a new fundraising initiative in December 2020 to support paid internships at the museum, a critical endeavor that is proven to foster a more inclusive museum culture. Our museum will only offer paid internships so that we can provide meaningful learning experiences paired with appropriate financial support, ensuring that the next generation of museum workers can explore this fascinating career path regardless of their socioeconomic status or citizenship.The National Museum of Africa Art has a long history of hosting interns across many departments, including the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives and conservation, education, and curatorial departments. Generations of museum workers have learned about the field through the hands-on teaching style our staff mentors share with interns.
One staff member, Keith Conway, began his career with our museum in 1987 as a conservation intern. A current staff mentor and strong advocate for funding internships, Keith is a mountmaker widely recognized at the Smithsonian and beyond for his unique approach and expertise in creating nearly invisible mounts for artworks.
Internships range from ten weeks to six months depending on the learning goals of each individual. We welcome students from around the world attending community colleges, undergraduate and graduate programs, and individuals in search of a career change. For more about applying to NMAfA’s internship program click here.
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