Summer Positions at National Gallery

family-galleries-kids_480_0It’s internship-hunting time! Here are two cherry positions that would allow you to stay right here in DC.

Program Assistant (2 positions) for Artful Conversations and Children’s Film Program
Family and Teen Programs, Division of Education

The National Gallery of Art is seeking two Program Assistants to support its summer family programs:
Artful Conversations (for families with children ages 8-11) and Children’s Film Program (for families with children ages 4-12). This is a part-time, contract position June-August 2014. Each Program Assistant will cover all Artful Conversations programs and half the Children’s Film Program dates.


Artful Conversations

Under the direction of the program coordinator, the Program Assistants will be responsible for all daily set-up of the program activity areas, greeting families at the registration table, managing program sign-in, enforcing registration policies and procedures, providing information to families regarding the program, answering general museum inquiries, and overseeing program clean-up. The Program Assistants play a critical role in the success of the summer family programs. In addition to the program day logistics listed above, this position also assists with basic material preparation and other administrative duties related to the program. This person is the face and voice of this program and the National Gallery of Art for these families. Each Program Assistant will work all eight program days. Duties on program days include setting up stools and materials in the gallery spaces, welcoming families and assisting with program registration, communicating logistics and directions to parents, taking photos of the program, assisting teachers with supplies, running errands and helping the program manager, cleaning up the program, and preparing materials for the next program. (Each program date will have 100-200 participants.) A Program Assistant must be reliable, hardworking, and possess effective communication skills. Program assistants must be available for all program days.

Children’s Film Program

Under the direction of the program coordinator, the Program Assistants will be responsible for managing the children’s film program in conjunction with the Degas/Cassatt exhibition. Duties include welcoming families to the lecture hall, enforcing policies, distributing exhibition information and making connections with the films and works of art, answering inquires from the public, tracking attendance, and cleaning up the space.

The Program Assistant will work at least half of the film program dates (split with the other Program Assistant).

Current undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in the arts, education, and/or public service. The ideal candidate is responsible, well organized, detail-oriented, professional, and diplomatic and courteous with the public. Prior experience working with children and genuine interest in working with families is preferred. Background check is required. The Program Assistant must have a clear speaking voice, excellent human relations skills, and the ability to deal courteously and in a responsible manner with a wide variety of people. The Program Assistant must have excellent organizational skills, efficiently implementing the program registration within established guidelines and procedures. Accuracy, consistency, and attention to detail are essential.
The job is physically demanding; must be able to push carts, set up 100 stools each day, and stand for long periods of time.

Work Schedule

Artful Conversations
Saturdays 8:30 am – 5:30 pm & Sundays 9:30 am – 6:30 pm (9 hours each day)
Program dates: July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, August 2, 3 (must be available for all dates)

Children’s Film Program
Program dates: June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, July 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30, and August 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 16, 17 (must be available for at least half of these dates; approximately 3 hours each date)

Total stipend: $1,700.00

To apply:

Send resume and letter of interest to Nathalie Ryan, Senior Educator for Family and Teen Programs,, by April 14, 2014. Two positions available. Interviews will be held in April and a decision will be made by early May.

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