Sunday, 9 December 2012

Outdoor Sculpture Internships: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Each summer the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Conservation Department offers two full-time paid pre-program internship positions as part of the maintenance program
 for the outdoor collection. For the summer of 2013, these internships will run from May 6 - July 26, 2013 with a $4,000 stipend available to each intern.

The Hirshhorn Museum is located in Washington D.C. on the National Mall and has more than seventy sculptures situated throughout its sculpture garden and plaza areas. The objects, which range in size from three to more than sixty feet in height, are made from a variety of materials including stone, bronze, iron, aluminum, and steel.

The outdoor sculptures receive annual maintenance conservation treatments including washing, the application of protective surface coatings, and structural repairs. The work is performed mostly outdoors, with additional maintenance conducted on the indoor sculptures as required. Please note that the outdoor work is strenuous, and done in a summer climate that is hot and humid.

Visits to other conservation laboratories, museum collections, bronze foundries, and artists' studios are incorporated into the program as they relate to the various treatments performed.

Applications must be completed online at


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