National Endowment for the Arts Seeking a Fall Intern for Its Design Program

Fall Intern Opportunity

The fall intern will spend their time working directly with the Design Program staff on projects that support the field of design. NEA is seeking undergraduate or graduate level students.

Potential Projects

1. Design Program Archive Project

The Design Program has a variety of program materials dating back to 1965. Many of these files include historical staff files, cooperative agreements, internal memos to the White House, transcripts of assemblies, and publications. The intern will review all old design files in order to index and organize appropriately. Some materials will be recorded and sent off for digitization to build out the Design Collection of the NEA public, digital archive. Archives include design competition materials, federal design assemblies, charrettes for federal buildings, and other publications.

Activities include:

•Reviewing all program files, indexing files, and reorganizing.
•Preparing materials for Design Collection digital archive, including index and summary list.
•Adding to existing written summary of NEA Design Program history based on new information discovered in files.
•Profiling design archive materials by drafting blog posts on agency blog:
•Identifying past initiatives that could inform future work.
2. Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

The Design Program recently launched a new website: to publicize outputs of the Institute and showcase best practices in rural design. An intern will assist in reviewing and distilling best practice case work and preparing resource materials for future publication. An intern will also assist in research and writing to build out a suite of design resources for rural communities.

3. Grants Management and Communications Assistance

•General office work with Design Program staff, including grant award and budget reviews.
•Drafting public presentations, preparing for design webinars (, and crafting monthly news blasts.
•Proficiency with Excel, Microsoft Word, and Power Point essential.
Tour of duty: Up to 20 hours per week in the office at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Please note, this is an unpaid position.

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