Former Curatorial Intern at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
almost 2 years ago
There are a few things you can do to prepare for an interview. Firstly, make sure you are familiar with the past few years of exhibitions at the museum. What types of art or movements is the museum focusing on? Before your interview, visit the museum to see the exhibitions that are currently on view. Make note of how the curator organizes information or constructs their narrative in the exhibition.
Secondly, think critically about what you're hoping to get out of this experience. These days, as I'm sure you're aware, an internship rarely leads to a job. So, you're there to gather experiences, make connections, grow your network, and take advantage of the resources at the institution. But think about (and have prepared answers for) exactly what kinds of experience, what kinds of connections, and how this internship would figure as a stepping stone for your professional goals.
Lastly, go in with questions. Asking questions is the easiest way to express interest and investment in the position.