Did you know that a 2018 Art Museum Staff Demographics Survey found that only 12 percent of museum leadership positions were held by people of color? Without a doubt, this is not nearly enough. This is why the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino is working hard to give other Latines more opportunities.
In a recent press release, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino announced that it opened the Latino Museum Studies Program Undergraduate Internship.
“The Latino Museum Studies Program is designed to prepare the next generation of Latino Museum leaders with the skills, insights, and networks they need to succeed,” said Deputy Director Eduardo Díaz in an official statement. “We appreciate the support of our partner institutions and the Mellon Foundation in helping build a diverse museum workforce.”
Launched on March 2nd, eligible undergraduate students enrolled at any accredited university across the United States will be able to tap into hands-on learning opportunities for non-curatorial roles in the arts and humanities. The possible roles include museum conservation, collections management, museum education, digital culture, exhibition design, and exhibition fabrication and production.
What else should you know about the National Museum of American Latino’s internship program?
The candidate selected for an internship will be placed at the Smithsonian Museum or the National Gallery of Art. The candidates will also receive a stipend, housing, and round-trip travel to Washington, D.C.
The museum is accepting applications through April 7 for the Fall 2023 program. The internship program begins on August 28 and ends on November 17. For those interested, you can visit their website to learn about the museum’s eligibility criteria and application instructions.
This unique internship program will increase access to museum career pathways for undergraduate students with an interest in pursuing museum work.
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino remains true to its mission as it continues to advance representation, understanding, and appreciation of Latino/e history in the United States.