Decorative Arts & Design History

Smithsonian Associates in partnership with
The George Washington University


The History of Decorative Arts program strongly encourages students to pursue internships as part of their degree program.  Students may apply up to 6 credits of internship toward the degree. 

Students may take advantage of opportunities for internships at museums, historic sites, libraries, and auction houses, as well as with antiques dealers and other art market professionals. 

Student internships have included:


American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Alexandria, VA

Annapolis Historical Society, Annapolis, MD

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Boulder Historical Society, Boulder, CO

Center for Materials Research & Education, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD

Cheekwood Museum & Gardens, Knoxville, TN

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Columbia Art Museum, Columbia, SC

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, NYC

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

DAR Museum, Washington, DC

Division of Architecture & Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution,Washington DC

Dumbarton House, Washington, DC

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC

Evergreen Museum, Baltimore, MD

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Folklife Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

General Federation of Women’s Club, Washington, DC

George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA

Georgia Museum, Athens, GA

Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA

Greenbelt Museum, Greenbelt, MD

Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Historic Annapolis Foundation, Annapolis, MD

Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA

Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Horticultural Division, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

Kendrick Museum, Sheridan, WY

LeQuire Gallery, Nashville, TN

Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO

Los Angeles County Museum, CA

Manassas Museum, Manassas, VA

Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society Museum, Edgartown, MA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Mint Museums, Charlotte, NC—Decorative Arts

Monticello, Charlotesville, VA

Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD

Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,

Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

Museum of Fashion Design, San Francisco, CA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Rienzi Collection, Houston, TX

Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe, NM

Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

National Building Museum, Washington, DC

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Oaklands Plantation, Leesburg, VA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Ridgewood Historical Society, Ridgewood, NJ

Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, Washington, DC

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

Textile Museum, Washington, DC

Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

The Wolfsonian, Miami, FL

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Winterthur Museum and Garden, Winterthur, DE

Woodlawn Plantation, Mount Vernon, VA

Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, DC

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT



U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC

U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Washington, DC

U.S. Department of State, Blair House, Washington, DC

The White House, Washington, DC

White House Historical Association, Washington, DC



Atelier Arpagian, Paris, France (French Historical Society)

Cheltenham Arts & Crafts Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, England

Fashion Museum, Bath, England

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Musée National Adrien Dubouché (French Heritage Society), Limoges, France

Puerto Rico State Historical Preservation Office,  San Juan, PR



Folgers Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Library of Congress, Washington, DC



Con | struct, Seattle,WA

Doyle New York, Washington, DC

Francine Proulx Appraisals, Fairfax, VA

Herman Miller, Ceeland, MI

Hidden Treasure Appraisals, Alexandria, VA

Jeweler’s Werk Galerie, Washington, DC

Knoll International, Washington, DC

Martin Fuller Appraisals, McLean, VA

Maureen Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC

Material ConneXion, New York, NY

O’Toole-Ewald Art Associates, Inc., NYC

Potomack Company, Old Town Alexandria, VA

Sansar Gallery, Bethesda, MD

Sloans & Kenyon Auction House, Chevy Chase, MD

Sotheby’s Auction House, New York, NY

Sumpter Priddy III, Inc., Alexandria, VA

Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA