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Exhibitions Internship


The curatorial and collections departments at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, DC seek an intern with a demonstrated interest in exhibition design.


Through their participation, the exhibition intern will gain insight and have the opportunity to develop skills related to work performed by exhibition designers such as research, making drawings and models for the design process, and making drawings for fabrication documentation.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Preparation of maquettes (scale models) for initial lay-out of exhibition.
  • Assist in the preparation of exhibition large scale plans.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations for working sessions with the curators and interpretation department.
  • Help with research, documentation, and fact-checking.
  • Assist with the development of preliminary design documents.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Be available for a period of no less than 8 weeks and no less than 16 hours per week/3 days per week. Actual days and hours of work will be determined by mutual agreement.
  2. Demonstrate a basic proficiency level in the use of AutoCAD and Photoshop.
  3. Possess excellent organizational skills with an ability to adapt and/or problem-solve. Be able to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the work area, between buildings and the museum grounds, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.
  4. The intern, as part of their duties, may at times be required to lift objects of up to 20 lbs. unassisted.



To apply, send a cover letter and resume to by November 29, 2019. Prospective interns will be interviewed and selected on a rolling basis. Interns can expect to begin their internship in January/February, 2020.


Interns may be eligible to receive course credit in coordination with their university and may be eligible for compensation; however, this is not guaranteed nor a criterion for participation in a Hillwood internship.