Museum Programs & Events Internship

Academic Credits






Hours per week

Approximately 35 hours/week (flexible)



Start Date


End Date



4 Williamsville Road
United States



The Programs & Events Internship at Chesterwood Historic Site provides students an opportunity to discover, experience and become conversant in an expansive range of practices within the field of historic preservation and museum management, including how a historic site educates visitors about its own history while staying relevant within the context of today’s contemporary art world. The intern will working closely with the Executive Director and Chesterwood staff throughout the 2018 season.

Chesterwood, designed by noted American architect Henry Bacon, is the former home, gardens and studio of Daniel Chester French, America’s premiere sculptor, best known for the Minuteman and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  Chesterwood houses what is probably the largest collection of any single American sculptor, including molds, life casts, and maquettes, providing students interested in art, art history, history and/or historic preservation a rare educational opportunity. This special place continues to provide a magnificent setting for today’s artists as they create new works of American art, following in the footsteps of Daniel Chester French. Visit our website to learn more about this unique historic site.

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

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2,000.00 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 1st to August 25th, for approximately 35 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  • Assist with organizing and curating Chesterwood’s annual outdoor contemporary sculpture show, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood.
  • Assist with collection management projects, such as researching, cataloguing, and photographing collection materials.
  • Work, on occasion, with the Senior Buildings & Grounds Technician to understand management practices and site responsibilities in caring for physical resources
  • Help with marketing/advertising and development projects
  • Assist in coordinating and staffing special events, such as lectures, sculpture demonstrations, and VIP parties
  • Act as an historic interpreter by leading tours or answering questions from the public Additional responsibilities and long-term projects can be tailored to fit the intern’s interests  


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals in an educational setting at a premiere National Historic Landmark house museum. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate via webinar in educational programming offered through the Washington Office internship program of National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. Students may also 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 understanding of museum management, including administrative, organizational, collections and curatorial practices
  • Experience in producing public programs and exhibitions
  • Some experience in marketing and advertising, including social media advertising
  • 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 and as 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 Chesterwood’s social media presence which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Undergraduate (rising senior preferred) or graduate student majoring in art, art history, communications, history, and/or museum studies or historic preservation. Post graduate students are also welcome to apply.
  • Some prior experience working in the art or museum field.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage a number of concurrent projects in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and digital photography. Familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and use of digital media required.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • 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 (especially English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Must own or have access to a car. (Chesterwood is a relatively rural site without access by public transportation.)
  • Candidates will be expected to provide their own housing.


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

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2,000.00 to help offset expenses.

How To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to