Careers 2017-05-31T09:14:03+00:00

CAREERS, INTERNSHIPS and VOLUNTEERING

Triple Self-Portrait, Norman Rockwell. 1960.

©1960 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

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CAREERS

Norman Rockwell Museum is proud of its staff of dedicated professionals who are the heart and core of the only museum dedicated to preserving the original art and studio of America’s best-loved artist. Through our involvement with the Museum, we serve as educators and custodians of history and are fortunate to be the caretakers of a unique American legacy.

Email or send letter and resume to:


Holly Coleman
Director of Human Resources
P.O. Box 308
Stockbridge, MA  01262
413-931-2(228)
hcoleman@nrm.org

Artist Facing Blank Canvas (Deadline), Norman Rockwell. 1938

©1938 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Available Positions

There are currently no open positions…check back soon!

 

INTERNSHIPS

Join this group of talented individuals and contribute your time while gaining exciting educational opportunities and a broad understanding of museum work and Norman Rockwell’s contribution to the field of illustration!

Norman Rockwell Museum offers internships for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students, providing opportunities to acquire educational experience in an art museum that houses the original artwork of Norman Rockwell, one of the nation’s greatest artists. Norman Rockwell’s iconic images, appreciated by audiences from around the world, capture the scope of 20th-century American life.

Internships are unpaid and may be arranged to accommodate any semester throughout the year ranging from six to twelve weeks depending on school requirements and museum needs. Hours vary depending on placement and availability and include evening and weekend hours as necessary.

Intern benefits include:

  • Free admission to the museum and the other cultural organizations the museum currently partners with.
  • Participation in special educational programs with leading artist, curators, and thinkers
  • 25% Museum Store discount
  • Behind-the-scene museum tours
  • Magnificent 36-acre park-like campus

Girl at Mirror, Norman Rockwell. 1954

©1954 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Available Positions for 2017

THE WALT REED DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR INTERNSHIP
Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Norman Rockwell Museum

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies offers a named, paid internship in honor of illustration historian, gallery owner, and author Walt Reed in recognition of Mr. Reed’s lifelong commitment to scholarship relating to the art of illustration. This internship provides a unique opportunity for third and fourth year college and graduate level students interested in pursuing arts and museum careers to gain practical experience within a nationally accredited organization dedicated to the art of illustration in all its variety.

The intern will spend eight to ten weeks focusing on a project or projects established within the Curatorial/Exhibitions Department. The internship requires at least a four-day-a-week commitment including occasional weekend days.

The intern will receive a stipend of $2,500 in support of their work.

Application Timeline:
March 6, 2017                                     Applications Due
May 26, 2017                                      Walt Reed Internship Announced
Summer 2017                                      Internship Period

Send Applications for All Programs Attention To:
Stephanie Haboush Plunkett
Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell Museum
splunkett@nrm.org; 413-298-4100, ext. 208

 

About Walt Reed

Walt Reed (1917-2015) was the world’s foremost scholar and historian of illustration art. Mr. Reed was trained as an illustrator at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the Phoenix Art Institute in New York City, and freelanced as a book illustrator prior to joining the instructional staff of the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut. There he worked with some of America’s most prominent illustrators, including Norman Rockwell, Steven Dohanos, Robert Fawcett and Albert Dorne. Reed served as editor for North Light Publications from 1972 to 1976. In 1974, he founded Illustration House, Inc., a gallery specializing in the field of illustration and dedicated to the preservation of this vital form of American art. His many books on the subject of illustration include The Illustrator in America; Harold von Schmidt Draws and Paints the Old West; John Clymer, An Artist’s Rendezvous with the Frontier West; An Artist’s Rendezvous with the Frontier West; Great American Illustrators; The Magic Pen of Joseph Clement Coll; The Art of Tom Lovell—an Invitation to History; and Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West. Reed also designed the Bicentennial 50 State Flag stamps for the U.S. Postal Service in 1976 and was a consultant on several subsequent stamp projects.

About The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum is the nation’s first research institute dedicated to the integrative study of American illustration and its impact in our world. The Rockwell Center’s goal is to enhance and support scholarship relating to this significant art form, exploring the power of published images and their integral role in society, culture, and history, and the world of art―from the emergence of printed mass media in the mid nineteenth century to the innovations of digital media today.

 

Archive Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

The Archive internship is part time and offered to a qualified graduate or undergraduate student who will learn about archival processing. This is a unique opportunity to garner training and experience in a professional archival setting, while gaining a familiarity with the diversity of work in the field. Project opportunities 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 available 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.

Curatorial Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

This internship is an excellent opportunity for a graduate and undergraduate student interested in learning more about collections management and exhibition development. The intern works in collaboration with the director of collections and exhibitions, archivist, and the curatorial department team.  Educational learning opportunities may include:

  • Scanning of photographs, letters, and other ephemera
  • Data entry in the Museum’s collections management database
  • Re-housing archival collections
  • Digitizing and accessioning objects in the collections
  • Research on collections and exhibition projects

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 available at least 20 hours a week (between Monday and Friday) for a period of at least three months.

Education Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

The Education Intern is full or part time and provides hands-on experience within a dynamic education department creating a wide variety of programming for audiences of all ages. Learning opportunities include:

  • Learn by shadowing and assisting art educators. Instruct in public art classes
  • Museum creativity center space reorganization
  • Work with school and camp groups
  • How to conduct focused tours in the galleries
  • How to conduct historic site tours

Students should have a demonstrated interest in or be currently studying art, education/teaching, theatre, and/or history. The intern works directly with the public and should have an outgoing personality.

 Finance/Accounting Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

This is an opportunity to learn and work on a wide range of important accounting functions including month-end financial reports, accounts receivable, accounts payable, annual audit and the creation of new reports. Project opportunities include:

  • Project management development
  • Policy and procedure manual development

Candidates should be business, finance, management or accounting majors. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel and familiarity with financial databases are helpful. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, confidentiality and excellent communication skills are all essential.

Marketing & Communications Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

Full or part time, an internship for creative and energetic individuals, inspired and motivated to be actively involved in spreading the word about Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration! Seeking self-starters with great initiative, able to work with the team and independently. Meet artists, press, and connect with marketing and museum colleagues and vendors, and regional community. Social media, HTML, Word, Excel, WordPress, and InDesign experience ideal, but not necessary. Internship credit available – and great resume builder. Project opportunities include:

  • Advertising: media research, media planning, results analysis, ad copywriting, design reviews, online advertising monitoring and evaluation.
  • Marketing: explore and support outreach to target markets; collaborative opportunities; innovative promotions; visitor surveys, compilation and analysis; email marketing.
  • Public relations: assist with press research, release writing, on-line listings, updates to on-line press resources, blog posts.
  • Social media, FP, TW, YT, P, I, and others; expand and assist with developing Museum’s presence on various channels; investigate opportunities, quantify results and success.
  • Website: research, comparative analysis and benchmarking with other cultural organizations and destinations, google analytics, create blogs, quality control and design suggestions, online surveys.
  • Graphics: assist with creation of in-house projects, especially for gala, store, café, and cross-promotions internally and externally.
  • Photography; candid, documentary, and product photos needed. Assist with organizing and categorizing photo library.

Digital Engagement Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

The Digital Engagement internship is available within the Digital Engagement and Learning Department; part time with flexible hours between 10am-5pm during the workweek for an approximate 10-week period.

The Digital Engagement Intern will be offered educational opportunities to work on production and research projects with various digital platforms. Projects may include:

  • User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design.
  • Content and media research and creation.
  • Media asset management.
  • Website development
  • Web metrics and analysis.
  • Audio and video production assistance.

Individuals must be self-starters and results oriented with great entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to work on an assortment of projects concurrently either independently or as part of a team.

Candidates should have a strong background in or working toward a degree in computer science and/or digital media production. Working knowledge of HTML5 and JavaScript development, database management, and/or media production and management is strongly recommended.

Development Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

The Development Office works with individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support every facet of the Museum. The development internship will provide firsthand experience in institutional giving, an important and high-demand aspect of non-profit fundraising. The intern will learn how to increase charitable contributions by working on various projects and participating in research and fundraising strategies.

Intern projects and learning experiences may include:

  • Train to work on research, marketing, and fundraising event projects.
  • Learn and understand development processes such as solicitation mailings, processing donations, and generating membership renewals and acknowledgements.
  • Work on special project assignments to increase development job function skills such as maintaining paper files including corporate and business files, in-kind contributions files, special project files, government grants files, and foundation files; coordinate materials to supplement grants and foundation, corporate, and individual proposals and applications
  • Be present at special events, openings, corporate events, membership cultivation activities, luncheons, etc., as requested.

Strong interpersonal skills and precise attention to detail are required. Must be computer literate and have knowledge of and ease with Microsoft Office. Must effectively interact with members of the Development staff, as well as other museum departments. Experience conducting online research preferred. Please include a writing sample with your application.

Graduate students in museum studies, non-profit management, arts administration, or library science are encouraged to apply.

Visitor Services Internship

Summer – Open
Fall – Open
Winter – Open

This internship is an excellent opportunity for an undergraduate and graduate student studying Hospitality and Tourism. It includes a variety of activities to best serve the diverse visitation during a busy seasonal operation. This opportunity is available to individuals wishing to contribute their time and abilities to the service of the museum’s visitors, including general visitors, bus tour groups, school groups, visitors with special needs, and others. Interns provide important support for the Norman Rockwell Museum’s staff, volunteers, and visitors. The internship program focuses on valuable hands-on experience, ongoing training sessions, and formal instruction where needed. Learning opportunities include:

  • Greeting tour busses
  • Assist in Audio and Digital tour  instruction
  • Manage crowd control
  • Website review-Visitor tools
  • Updating Restaurant lists
  • Poster/Flyer distribution (mileage paid)
  • Assisting with Social Media- Facebook Live
  • Special projects such as audience surveys and benchmarking research with other cultural institutions

Strong organizational, customer service skills, and the ability to work independently are necessary.  Students work under the Manager of Visitor Services and Director of Visitor Services.  One weekend day is required.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form available here. Select one area of interest on the application.
  • Write a letter of intent outlining your reasons for wanting to intern at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
  • Email your application, letter of intent, a copy of your resume, and two work-related references to hcoleman@nrm.org. Please put “Internship Application” in the subject line.
  • Once the applications are reviewed, you will be contacted by the Museum informing you of your status. Typically one intern for each area will be accepted. Selected candidates must be able to interview at the Norman Rockwell Museum unless there are exceptional circumstances. In such cases, a phone and/or web-based interview may be possible.

Download an application here >

For additional information, please contact:

Holly Coleman
Director of Human Resources
413.931.2228

hcoleman@nrm.org

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

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

Read the Museum’s mission statement >

College Credit: Interns seeking college credit are responsible for making all arrangements with their institutions prior to their arrival. Norman Rockwell Museum is not able to provide financial compensation.

Application Deadlines 2017:
Summer – complete
Fall – submit by Aug. 30
Winter – submit by Nov. 30th

FELLOWSHIPS

Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies
Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for 2017

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum is the nation’s first research institute dedicated to the integrative study of illustration and its impact in our world. The Rockwell Center’s goal is to enhance and support scholarship relating to this significant public art form, exploring the power of published images and their integral role in society, culture, and history, and the world of art―from the emergence of printed mass media in the mid nineteenth century to the innovations of digital media today.

We invite applications from academic scholars and curators for participation in the following programs, which are designed to advance research and access relating to this influential but understudied aspect of American visual culture.

©1927 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN


chest-illustrationRockwell Center Society of Fellows 2017

Serious Thinking About Popular Pictures

Problems in the History and Criticism of Printed Images

Cultural engagement with the history of popular images has accelerated in the 21st century. There is a growing awareness that illustration and comics have mattered more in the cultural history of the modern period than has been properly recognized, and museum curators and academics have begun to work with popular materials to a greater degree than before. Institutional developments have paralleled rising interest in these topics.

And yet, despite increased engagement, the critical focus of most work has tended to be local, biographical and analytically underdeveloped. The Rockwell Center, in consultation with other institutional and critical participants in these somewhat inchoate fields, recognizes a methodological vacuum at the heart of popular image studies. Ideological biases and a lack of critical material continues to compromise our understanding of visual culture in a social context, which results in an incomplete view of our shared cultural history.

To address this critical lacuna, the Rockwell Center envisions a two-year project designed to bring leading thinkers and fresh perspectives to the study of published images, with the goal of producing a series of foundational statements of the emerging field, delivered via a broadcast symposia and published and digital volumes. The group will be convened twice a year, engaged in discussion and debate, and charged to pose and answer key questions for what may be an emerging discipline.

 

Fellows will consider the following topics and problems:

Illustration as Social Text

Despite their seeming invisibility to serious commentators, popular images and the social texts in which they were embedded (e.g., The Ladies’ Home Journal, the Saturday Evening Post, Sports Illustrated) contributed to their audiences’ sense of the culture in which they lived. How can such sources add to our understanding of the modern period?

Hierarchies and Exclusions

Aesthetic judgments have had an enormous impact on definitions of culture. They have insulated high culture from certain forms of scrutiny, but more importantly they have retarded serious cultural thinking about popular forms. In which ways do hierarchical distinctions offer valuable distinctions of persisting value? How may the democratic values of popular culture be rehabilitated for another era?

Useful Taxonomies

Due to the highly local, disparate and atomized character of much writing on popular images, we lack shared taxonomy and vocabulary for description and analysis. How might this problem be solved? Should it be, during an era of intellectual history that tends to prize the fluid and suspect the fixed?

Anonymity and Authorship

The lionization of authorship and cult of singular artistry has caused work of obvious cultural relevance to be shunted aside, or to be discussed as if no particular person or community of production created it. How can we overcome the cult of the creator while simultaneously respecting and interrogating communities of production in the absence of clear credits?

Canonical and Historiographical Questions

We are in need of reflection on whether and how to settle on sets of indispensably important practitioners. How do we speak of significance? Is there such a thing as the history of American illustration, or put another way, can there be a historiography of American illustration? How do the related fields of comics, cartooning and animated film participate in such narratives?

Languages of Formation & Visual Analysis

Humanists often engage popular images without proper visual training. Close looking is essential for successful encounters with images and objects, especially popular sources “hidden in plain sight.” Why and how might familiarity with production methods matter? What approaches to training scholars in close looking might be imported from art and design training and/or art historical study?

Call For Participation

 The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies seeks to engage a group of scholars and critics to explore, debate and write on key problems in the history and criticism of the popular printed image in the United States between 1850 and the present. The Center launches this effort to catalyze the creation of founding documents in the study of illustration and illustrated materials, an underdeveloped field.

 

Fellows will be expected to: meet twice annually; write one targeted paper per year; engage in dialogue with other Fellows; participate in a symposia or program; contribute to a privately maintained blog; and permit the Rockwell Center to publish designated works in order to disseminate the results of the seminar.

Application/Statement of Interest

The Center seeks to attract candidates for the seminar program with substantial experience and demonstrated interest in the study of and/or engagement with modern cultural production. Scholars, critics, curators and practitioners with at least five years of experience in their field are invited to apply. Demonstrated ability to engage with others in productive dialogue and exchange is required.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000 per calendar year as well as travel expenses.

Interested parties should submit a statement of interest which responds to the Topics and Problems outlined above. Which areas are of interest to the candidate, and why? The Statement of Interest should not exceed 1000 words. In addition to the Statement of Interest, the application should include a cover letter, a current CV, a writing sample, and a list of three referees.

Senior Fellow/Project Leader
Douglas B. Dowd
Professor of Art and American Culture Studies
Sam Fox School of Design and Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Washington University in St. Louis
mail@dbdowd.com

 Application Timeline:
April 3, 2017                           Applications Due
May 15, 2017                          Fellows Announced
Summer 2017                         Society of Fellows First Convening

woman-and-stickRockwell Scholars Fellowship Program

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies awards annual fellowships promoting the scholarly study of American illustration art to advance understanding of the role of published images in shaping and reflecting culture. Rockwell Center Fellowships are open to senior scholars, advanced graduate students, and museum professionals choosing to pursue research or projects in or relating to the subject field of illustration art from diverse academic perspectives, including but not limited to Art History, American Studies, Visual Culture Studies, and History.

Rockwell Center Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis to four recipients

This fellowship may be used during the year/twelve month period for which it is awarded. The term of these grants may be carried out in residence at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Fellow’s home institution, or at another appropriate site.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,500 in support of their work.

Rockwell Center Senior Fellowships are intended for scholars with a distinguished publication record who hold a doctoral degree, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment at the time of application.

Rockwell Center Dissertation Fellowships are open to doctoral candidates who are currently working on dissertation research or writing in or relating to the field of American illustration art and visual studies.

 

Rockwell Center Fellow Application Requirements

Senior Fellow and Dissertation Fellow Applicants Should:

Offer a proposal for scholarly research focused on or relating to a topic about American illustration art or referencing published images. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost. Projects must be object and/or culturally oriented, employing art historical or visual studies approaches.

Applications should include:

  • Completed application form (available at www.rcavs.org)
  • Research proposal (up to five pages, double spaced)
  • Research bibliography
  • Selected images
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference

 

Application Timeline:
April 3, 2017                                       Applications Due
May 15, 2017                                      Fellows Announced
May 31, 2017 to May 31, 2018          Research Period

VOLUNTEER

As a volunteer you become part of the only Museum in the world dedicated to presenting Norman Rockwell’s original art and studio as well as the art of other notable illustrators. Through your involvement with the museum, you serve as educators and custodians of history, and enhance the experience of visitors who journey here from all over the world.

Volunteer Benefits

As an active volunteer, you will receive a museum staff card which is good for free admission to other museums in the area and some museums outside our area. You will also receive monthly training sessions, annual recognition, free or reduced admission to museum-sponsored events and programs.

A Scout is Helpful, Norman Rockwell. 1941.

Available Positions

Information Desk Assistant

Norman Rockwell Museum is searching for warm, friendly, fun-loving individuals who enjoy the hustle and bustle of an exciting and busy environment while offering excellent customer service to our visitors.

Join our team of wonderful volunteers who contribute their time and skills to help create a place where people of every background are inspired by Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration.

As the first point of contact for visitors, Information Desk Assistants answer questions regarding the Museum’s current exhibitions, education programs, area restaurants, lodging information and more!
They are a dependable team, willing to commit to a schedule.

If you are friendly, helpful, gracious and love people, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

Marketing/Communications Department

Norman Rockwell Museum is looking for volunteers 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, Outreach, and InDesign experience preferred, but not necessary.

Internship credit available. Contact hcoleman@nrm.org for more details.

Download an application >

Contact

Norman Rockwell Museum

Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 308
Stockbridge, MA 01262

phone: 413.298-4100, ext. 228

volunteering@nrm.org