NRM intern

Norman Rockwell Internship Program

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

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 2016:
Summer – application process ongoing
Fall – submit by Aug. 30
Winter – submit by Nov. 30th


Archive Internship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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       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

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


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