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Posted: 03/13/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Museum Programs Internship - Chesterwood Historic Site
Internship Opportunity
Stockbridge, MA
Open Until
Until Filled


The intern will work closely with the Executive Director on exhibition preparation, collections care and management of the permanent collection, special events, educational programming, marketing and advertising and other tasks relating to the interpretation of the site.

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.


The intern will:

Assist with organizing Chesterwoods annual outdoor contemporary sculpture show, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, including working with artists on sculpture installations, loan agreements, publicity, marketing and programming.

Help coordinate and staff special events, such as lectures, sculpture demonstrations, and VIP parties.

Assist with collection management projects, such as researching, cataloguing, and photographing collection materials.

Assist with the Daniel Chester French Guidebook, working closely with the writers and the publisher and creating a list of photographic credits to be included in the publication.

Help us with marketing and advertising projects, including social network advertising.

Update our database on contemporary artists who have exhibited at Chesterwood.

Answer correspondence relating to the art and life of Daniel Chester French and his family as well as Chesterwoods fine art and decorative arts collections.

Write and/or edit object descriptions for our internal collections management database.

Act as an interpreter or guide by leading tours or answering questions from the public.

Additional responsibilities and long-term projects can be tailored to fit your interests.



The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nations leading premier historic sites. Chesterwood, a National Historic Landmark, is the former summer home, studio and gardens of Americas foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931).

The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservations Washington Office internship program. Students may be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • A thorough overview of museum management practices, including administrative, organizational and collections management and curatorial practices.
  • Experience in marketing and advertising, including social network advertising.
  • A perspective on publicity rights, including the reproduction and publication of materials.
  • An understanding of historical preservation and saving places in the location where some of the most relevant, iconic and famous sculptural works in American history were conceived of and created.
  • A knowledge of the life and history of Daniel Chester French, renowned American sculptor, celebrated as the Dean of American Sculpture. French is best known for the Minute Man in Concord, MA, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and was a leading artist in the American Renaissance movement.

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a professional booklet featuring a scavenger hunt for children and contributive material to Chesterwoods social media presence which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Excellent research skills.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage a number of concurrent projects in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Must own or have access to a car. (Chesterwood is a relatively rural site.)
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with other software and social media required, including PowerPoint and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and use of digital photography.
  • Undergraduate (junior or senior preferred) or graduate student majoring in art, art history, communications, history, and/or historic preservation. Post graduate students are also welcome to apply.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.


Please email cover letter and resume to 517656-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com. 

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to 517656-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

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