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Summer Internship with the Newport Restoration Foundation

Published January 4, 2017

The Newport Restoration Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 summer internship for graduate students in museum studies, public history, art history, and related fields.

The 2017 interns will be based at Doris Duke’s Rough Point, an NRF property open to the public as a house museum. This year, NRF is seeking one graduate intern to work on curatorial projects and one graduate intern to work on education projects. Interns will work with departmental staff and devote approximately half their time to training, participation in daily operations, and general internship assignments. The remainder of their time will be devoted to independent work on a substantive project, to be developed in consultation with their supervisor. Successful interns will possess exceptional interpersonal skills, an enthusiasm for making art and history accessible to the public, intellectual curiosity, and good humor.

The interns will work across departmental lines in support of these efforts and can expect to spend time interacting with the public, as well as contributing to general museum business. Specific to the 2017 internship is the likelihood of working on programming for the 2017 exhibition, Nature Tamed in the Landscapes, Gardens, and Collections at Rough Point.

Compensation and living arrangements:
Interns work a minimum of 35 hours per week at a rate of $14.50 per hour. Some weekend and evening hours are required. Holidays and other time off are not paid. The 10 week internship typically begins the first week of June and ends in late August, with exact dates to be determined at time of offer. Housing in Newport is available at a reduced rate of approximately $100-125 per week.

Applicants must be graduate students, or those completing their program of graduate study in the semester immediately prior to the internship. A complete application consists of:

  • A short personal statement (700-800 words maximum) that outlines a professional or research interest in one or more of NRF’s areas of operations;
  • A resume of no more than two pages;
  • Contact information for three references.

Applications are due February 20, 2017; applicants will be notified by mid-March. Please send all materials in a single PDF to Kelsey Mullen, Public Programs Manager, at