Curatorial Residency Program

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) seeks applications for six-to-nine-month paid curatorial residencies for entry-level Native American museum professionals interested in pursuing museum careers or those early in established careers who feel they would benefit from a residency at the NMAI. The curatorial resident will join the staff of the Museum Scholarship Group or Collections Management Services and will be assigned projects under the supervision of NMAI staff. Residents will enjoy all the privileges and responsibilities of NMAI professional staff, and work assignments will be created to assist with the development of professional skills necessary to a successful curatorial or collections management career. The residency program includes opportunities for extensions of up to 12 months.

A successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the museum profession through academic preparation, experience with paid or volunteer work at museums or community cultural centers, experience with exhibitions and/or collections research, and/or a track record of community-based scholarship.

Applications may be submitted at any time.
Applications should include:

  • A complete curriculum vitae or professional resume
  • A letter of support from an academic or community-based sponsor or mentor
  • An essay of no more than 1,200 words describing:
    • The candidate's career goals for museum work
    • What the candidate hopes to gain from the residency experience
    • Why the NMAI in particular can play an important role in the candidate's career development

Consideration will be given to candidates who can demonstrate how their experience will benefit their communities.

Candidates must be American citizens.

Compensation for the residency will be competitive with entry-level museum appointments in the Washington, D.C., area and will be accompanied by a benefits package that includes health insurance. The residency also provides travel funds for professional development and participation in professional conferences, to be determined in consultation with supervision.

Send applications to:
Patricia Ellington
Cultural Resources Center
National Museum of the American Indian
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863
Email: nmairesidency@si.edu