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Investigating Where We Live Intern

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Investigating Where We Live, a teen program recognized by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award as one of the top arts programs in the nation, offers 13-18 year old youth hands-on opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Washington, D.C. through photography and exhibition design. Program interns will work directly with Museum staff to help students develop their skills in digital photography, exhibition design, creativity, and collaboration. In addition to their classroom responsibilities, which include project management and lesson facilitation, interns will have the opportunity to participate in program planning and evaluation.


  • Assist an Investigating Where We Live Team Leader in developing weekly plans, neighborhood visits, and group discussion topics for a group of approximately 10 teenagers.
  • Assist Teen Programs Manager in planning gallery space.
  • Guide participants in learning about photography, creative writing, exhibition design, critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork.
  • Work cooperatively with the staff project team to coordinate, develop, and teach curriculum, and assist with final exhibition design and installation.
  • Attend weekly project team meetings, mandatory planning sessions, training, and evaluation sessions.
  • Help prepare, organize, and maintain studio space, including set-up, clean-up, and replenishing supplies.
  • Support program logistics, including attendance, transportation, and food distribution.


  • Experience working with (or an interest in learning about) teen audiences.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Adaptability and creativity.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following fields: D.C. history, historical events of 1968, photography, fine arts, design, art history, curating, exhibition development or design, the design process, the built environment, and/or museum education a plus.


  • Availability required June 15 – August 16; Mondays through Thursdays, and a couple of Fridays during training due to timing of July 4th This includes training, the program, and evaluation.
  • Monday planning meeting: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Program hours on Tuesday through Thursday: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm.