Internship and Scholarship

Meet our 2022 Jean Cushwa College Internship

Samantha Mills

Samantha Mills of Cavetown, Maryland, has been awarded the Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
The internship is offered to a qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study.
Mills, 19, is a sophomore at Frederick (Md.) Community College where she is pursuing an arts and humanities degree.

Art is something Mills has had an interest in since she was younger.

“I really grew into it in middle school,” she said.

She then pursued her love of art after being accepted at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, from which she graduated in 2021.
Mills said she heard about the college-aged internship while she was in high school and was excited when she could finally apply because she thought it would be a good opportunity.
“I want to go into museum studies, specifically the preservation side of things,” she said, noting that she wants to go to University of Maryland, College Park, where she plans to study historic preservation.

Through her internship, Mills will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions. The work of the intern will support the museum’s art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities.

She will receive an overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions, art education management, and museum best practices.
During her 10-week internship, Mills will work closely with Kellie Mele, Director of Education, and Sarah C. Wolfe, Collections Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator. Mills will also receive a stipend of up to $1,000 for her time.

In her spare time, Mills said she likes to make collages and pottery. And when she’s not creating art, she likes to play video games with her friends.
Qualified students apply in the spring and are evaluated and interviewed by a selection committee. Applications for the next Jean Cushwa College Internship will be in the spring of 2023.



Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland. The student must plan to pursue a career in Visual Art, Art History, Art Education, Design, Architecture, or Museum Studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.

Questions may be directed to Kellie Mele at