Internship and Scholarship

Cushwa College Internship

The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study. The intern will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the WCMFA and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions, under the supervision of the Museum staff. The work of the intern will support WCMFA art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive an overview of the Museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices. Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind-the-scenes work of a professional art museum, and from the opportunity to develop professional skills. The intern must submit to a background check/drug test.

The intern will be chosen by a Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from the WCMFA’s Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Director, and Staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art Internship Fund.

The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000.

To apply: Please submit the following required materials by April 15, 2022:

• Résumé
• Current, official transcript
• Letter of interest (cover letter)
• One letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor

Send complete application to Zip file is not necessary. Max. email size is 10 MB.
*Official transcript may be sent by your school separate from your application packet.

The subject line must be Cushwa Internship Application.

If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the museum no later than May 6.

Questions may be directed to Kellie Mele at

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.

To apply: Please submit, no later than April 15, 2022, a letter of interest, a copy of your current transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Make sure that your application materials include the following information to support the selection criteria:

• Personal information (your name, address, email, phone number, etc.)
• High school and date of expected graduation
• College you plan to attend and estimated start date
• Chosen major/course of study
• High School Activities:
• Transcript and/or grade report
• Organizations and activities, including leadership positions
• Academic and/or art honors, school awards, or recognitions
• Volunteer community service (note if beyond 75 hours required for Student Service Learning)
• Community recognitions, honors, or awards
• A brief description of your career goals in the aforementioned career fields
• A letter of reference from your high school art teacher or guidance counselor

Send complete application packet to:

Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 423
Hagerstown, MD 21741

The winner will be privately notified by May 7, 2022, and publicly announced at the Washington County Public School Art Awards Ceremony (virtual) on the evening of May 25, 2022. The winner will also be expected to give a brief (less than 5 minutes) speech about their personal artistic development. Details about the event will be given closer to the date.

Questions may be directed to Kellie Mele at