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Museum Docent Program

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum docents are articulate, intelligent, and motivated people who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the Cooper Hewitt community and to share their enthusiasm for design. As valuable members of the museum community, docents provide tours for our visitors. New Docents receive training on design thinking and learn about our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions in order to provide engaging public and private tours.

CALL FOR NEW DOCENTS: currently closed

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Peter A. Krueger Summer Internships

The Peter A. Krueger Summer Internship Program offers college students the opportunity to gain professional skills and learn about museum practices at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States that is exclusively devoted to historic and contemporary design. Interns will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop an enriched understanding of how the museum fulfills its mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design. During the summer, interns collaborate with staff on specific projects and gain experience in the daily operation of their selected department(s). Krueger interns come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and there are many cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to pursue an interest in design with their major study of education, computer science, digital media, art history, studio art, or the sciences. In addition to their professional activities, interns attend meetings, lectures, and public programs at Cooper Hewitt and travel outside the museum to meet and connect with individuals and organizations that are integral to design and the arts of New York City.

Duration: 10 weeks, 40 hours/week

Stipend: $2,500

CALL FOR NEW Peter A. Krueger Summer Interns: currently closed

Applications are accepted from currently enrolled undergraduate students and recent graduates who will graduate in Spring 2016 from an undergraduate program.

To apply, create an account on Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).

Required application materials: resume, cover letter, short essay, two references, and transcript

Interns will be placed according to demonstrated interest, applicable skill, and relevant experience. In your application, please select two departments of interest. In some cases, interns are able to divide time between two departments. Please use the list of Department Descriptions to make your selection.