Opportunities for Teens at the National Gallery this Summer

National Gallery of Art's East Building and Calder Mobile

Teen Volunteer Program

The National Gallery of Art‘s Department of Teacher, School, and Family Programs is seeking local high school student volunteers for the summer Teen Volunteer Program (June 11 to August 14, 2012).

Applications for the summer term must be postmarked by May 4, 2012.

Student volunteers assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support the department’s education programs. Typical activities include preparing materials for art projects, data entry, photocopying, collating, filing, and assisting during teacher programs.

Candidates for the Teen Volunteer Program must be rising juniors or seniors with a mature, positive attitude and a strong work ethic. The schedule will vary weekly, based on the number of projects to be completed. The time commitment can range from four to eight hours per week, with periodic weekend work as well. Service hours will be documented and may be submitted for school-based community service credits.

Students can also apply for the Fall 2012 Teen Volunteer Program (September 10 to December 19, 2012). Applications for the fall term must be postmarked by August 10, 2012.

For more information, send an e-mail to teens@nga.gov or call Sarah Diallo, museum educator for family and teen programs, at (202) 842-6252.

High School Summer Institute

DC area high school students can apply for the 2012 High School Summer Institute, a two-week program for a select group of teens exploring the National Gallery of Art from the inside out. This year’s Institute takes place from June 18 to 29, 2012.

The application deadline is April 13, 2012.

The High School Summer Institute introduces students to a variety of art careers through behind-the-scenes tours and job shadows, fosters discussions about art in the Gallery’s collection, and includes work on a student exhibition that will be open to the public. The program is designed for students with a genuine interest in art and museums and a desire to work collaboratively with teens from across the metropolitan Washington region.

Participants are chosen through a competitive application process. Beginning and advanced students are welcome. Students must be entering tenth through twelfth grade in the fall of 2012 or be a 2012 graduate of  a high school located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Students are paid a $250 stipend and earn 20 hours of community service credits.  Get detailed information and the application here.

For more information, contact museum educator Sarah Diallo at (202) 842-6252 or highschoolinstitute@nga.gov.

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