Internships

Introduction

NRM intern

Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, offers internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. Internships provide students with the opportunity to acquire work experience in an art museum that houses the original artwork of Norman Rockwell, one of the nation’s greatest artists. His iconic images, appreciated by audiences from around the world, capture the scope of 20th-century American life. While at the Museum, interns will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of museum work in general, while focusing their internship on one area of their choice: visitor services, education, development, curatorial work, or the archives.

Interns provide important support for Norman Rockwell Museum’s staff, volunteers, and visitors. This internship program focuses on valuable hands-on experience and will include training or formal instruction where needed. Available projects and positions may vary according to the time of year and museum priorities.

As a Norman Rockwell Museum intern, you will:

  • Become a member of the team responsible for caring for and interpreting the largest collection of Norman Rockwell’s original art in the world;
  • Receive on-the-job training and experience working with professional staff;
  • Gain broad understanding of museum work and Norman Rockwell’s contribution to the field of illustration;
  • Enjoy the museum’s 36-acre campus, galleries, and diverse programming.

Interns accepted into the program must be interested in the work of museums, as well as dependable, punctual, cooperative, professional, and able to work with a variety of personnel. Hours vary depending on your placement and availability. Additionally, you may be expected to come in early, stay late, and/or be available on weekends.

Read the Museum’s mission statement.

Download an application.

College Credit

Interns seeking college credit for their work experience at Norman Rockwell Museum are responsible for making all arrangements with their institutions prior to their arrival on the site. Norman Rockwell Museum is not able to provide financial compensation.

Length of Internship

While many interns choose to be involved during the summer months, there are opportunities for involvement throughout the year. Internships vary by season, availability of the individual, and planned projects. We suggest that interns plan for a realistic balance of their time among school commitments, the internship, travel time, and their personal lives. Individual needs will be discussed during the interview.

Although housing is not available, we may be able to assist in finding affordable housing and part-time employment within the Berkshire community.

These positions provide general staff support and require that the intern be flexible and willing to work where assigned. Evening and weekend hours will most likely be necessary.

Supervision

Internships are coordinated through the education department, while supervision of the activities of each intern is managed within his or her particular department. The education department staff will be available to help with any issues that might arise during the course of the internship.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be submitted by:
April 30, 2014 for summer 2014 internships
August 30, 2014 for fall 2014 internships
November 30, 2014 for winter 2015 internships

How to Apply

1. Fill out the application form available here. You must select one area of interest on your application.

2. Write a letter of intent outlining your reasons for wanting to intern at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

3. Email your application, letter of intent, a copy of your resume, and two work-related references to tdaly@nrm.org. Please put “Internship Application” in the subject line.

4. Once the applications are reviewed, you will be contacted by the Museum informing you of your status. One intern for each area will be accepted. Candidates selected for interview must be able to come to Norman Rockwell Museum unless there are exceptional circumstances. In such cases, a phone interview may be possible.

Positions Available for 2014-2015

Visitor Services Assistant open for 2014 

This internship offers insight into the visitor services operation of a busy museum with national and international visitation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • greeting visitors and bus groups
  • general office work
  • assist with some special events, programs, and exhibition openings
  • light maintenance of public areas (e.g., keeping brochures and signs neatly organized)
  • possibly taking reservations
  • possibly helping out at admissions
  • providing additional gallery support

The visitor services assistant works directly with the public and with various staff members. Organizational skills and the ability to work independently are necessary. Students interested in customer service, retail sales, the hospitality or tourism industries, or other customer service-oriented work are encouraged to apply. The position is offered all year long.

Curatorial Intern  open for 2014     

This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in learning more about collections digitization and management, as well as exhibition development. The intern works in collaboration with the Curator of Archival Collections. Responsibilities may include:

  • scanning of photographs, letters, and other ephemera
  • data entry in the Museum’s collections management database
  • re-housing archival collections
  • helping digitize, accession, and organize objects in the collections
  • research assistance

Our internship program provides the opportunity to learn about the operations of a non-profit museum while working alongside experienced professionals. Undergraduate students or recent graduates in Art History, Public History, History, Museum Studies, and other related fields are encouraged to apply. Solid research, computer, and analytical skills are highly desirable. The ideal candidate will be able to work at least 20 hours a week (between Monday and Friday) for a period of at least three months. The internship is unpaid, but course credit may be earned by arrangement with the intern’s academic institution. (As noted previously, interns are responsible for all such arrangements prior to arriving at the Museum.)

Archives Intern  open for 2014

The Norman Rockwell Museum Archives is currently offering an internship to a qualified undergraduate student. The intern for this part-time position will assist with archival processing activities. This is a unique opportunity to garner experience in a welcoming and lively archival setting, while gaining a familiarity with different levels and types of archival description.

Main responsibilities include:

  • historical research
  • basic arrangement & description
  • basic archival preservation
  • re-housing of archival collections in collaboration with the Archivist.

A background in cultural history, popular culture, American or cultural studies, American history, historic preservation, or archival studies is desirable. Solid research, analytical, computer, and writing skills are highly desirable. The ideal candidates will be able to work at least one day a week or 8–10 hours per week (between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday–Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

Institutional Archives Intern  open for 2014

The Norman Rockwell Museum is currently offering an internship to a qualified  advanced  undergraduate student concentrating in archival studies   to work with the Institutional Archives. The intern for this part-time position will assist with archival processing activities relating to the institutional records. This is a unique opportunity to garner experience in a welcoming and lively archival setting, while gaining a familiarity with different levels and types of archival description.

Main responsibilities include:

  • creation of searchable database
  • basic arrangement & description
  • basic archival preservation
  • re-housing of archival collections in collaboration with the Archivist.

A background in cultural history, popular culture, American or cultural studies, American history, historic preservation, or archival studies is desirable. Attention to detail, accuracy, analytical, computer, and writing skills are highly desirable. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel preferred.   The ideal candidates will be able to work at least one day a week or 8–10 hours per week (between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

Education Assistant    open for 2014

This internship provides hands-on experience within a dynamic education department that creates a wide variety of programming for audiences of all ages. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • providing support for art classes for the public
  • maintaining and organizing the Museum’s Creativity Center space
  • working with school and camp groups
  • conducting focused tours in the galleries
  • conducting tours of the site or of historic Linwood House
  • assisting with program setup and breakdown, including minor food prep and AV materials

Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in or be currently studying art, education/teaching, theatre, and/or history. The education assistant works directly with the public and should have an outgoing personality. This position is most needed during June, July, and August; however, there may be possibilities year-round.

Marketing & Communications Intern   open for 2014

Norman Rockwell Museum is looking for creative volunteers and interns interested in helping to spread the word about Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration! Assist the Museum’s Communications Department with weekly press outreach and marketing initiatives— meet artists, press, and connect with the local community. Social media, HTML, Word, Excel, WordPress, and InDesign experience preferred, but not necessary. Photography and graphics support also needed. Internship credit available – and great resume builder!

Development Assistant   open for 2014

Assist development activities to increase charitable contributions to Norman Rockwell Museum’s operations, collections, exhibitions, programs, capital expenses, and maintenance. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing, proofreading, copying, and organizing correspondence
  • grant writing
  • research
  • filing and organizing

Candidates should possess strong verbal and writing skills and an interest in the visual arts. Teamwork, discretion, and flexibility are important; computer skills a plus. This position is offered all year long.

For additional information, please contact:
Tom Daly
Curator of Education
413.931.2252
tdaly@nrm.org

Norman Rockwell Museum
P.O. Box 308
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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