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The Phillips Collection

About The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection is an "intimate museum combined with an experiment station."–Duncan Phillips, 1926

Duncan Phillips opened his collection to the public in 1921, as the nation’s first museum of modern art. Today, The Phillips Collection is an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art in a dynamic environment for collaboration, innovation, engagement with the world, scholarship, and new forms of public participation.

Beyond its exhibitions and public programs, the Phillips is home to a renowned music program, a library, extensive archives, innovative K-12 and teacher programs, groundbreaking digital initiatives, and a forum for engaging with contemporary art and culture.

The Phillips Collection has developed a robust and competitive internship program to support the museum’s exhibitions and programming. Interns play a vital role in supporting the museum’s work while gaining exposure to many aspects of arts administration. In addition to working directly with staff in their departments, interns have the opportunity to connect with their peers and other museum staff during lunchtime sessions, all-staff meetings, and museum programs. Interns also receive complimentary guest admission to the museum (subject to availability), a 20% discount at the museum shop, a 10% discount in the café, and invitations to seminars, lectures, and special events.

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge: Internship in Research and Programs

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge serves as an interdisciplinary forum for scholarly discussion, research, and publication on issues of production, exhibition, conservation, and theory of modern and contemporary art. Scholars, including curators, faculty, and students of art and art history and related disciplines of the humanities and sciences, as well as leading contemporary artists animate our study and discussion of art.

The Center for Internship in Research and Programs involves a considerable amount of research on modern and contemporary art related to planning, exhibitions, and programming, as well as experience working events organized by the Center.

Interns at the Center have an opportunity to work closely with staff on a variety of projects, including helping the postdoctoral fellow in residence with his/her research, assisting the Director of the Center and Curator at Large with curatorial research and tasks related to exhibition planning, and supporting the Manager of Academic Programs and Partnerships with day-to-day administration and public program staffing.

Duties (include but are not limited to):
  • Supporting the postdoctoral fellow in residence with his/her research
  • Assisting the Director of the Center and Curator at Large with curatorial research and exhibition planning
  • Assisting the Manager of Academic Programs and Partnerships with day-to-day administrative operations
  • Staffing after-hours public programs, including  Conversation with ArtistsCreative Voices DC events, and Duncan Phillips Lectures
  • Researching modern and contemporary artists, topics, and issues relevant to programming and center initiatives.
  • Completing data entry.
  • Assisting with report-writing and other clerical assignments.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Interest in contemporary art and familiarity with contemporary art platforms is ideal.
  • Knowledge of 19th and 20th century American and European art preferred.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Strong organizational and computer abilities; proficiency in Microsoft Office; working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred but not required.
  • Experience and comfort in interacting with public, especially at public programs and events