NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
Tour Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Open April to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
Explore 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.
Newport Restoration Foundation holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
Celebrate excellence in historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
Live amidst history by renting one of our many historic properties.
Help us to continue a lived-in legacy by making a contribution to our Annual Fund today.
The Emily A. Laird Internship in Museum Studies for Summer 2019
The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is accepting applications for its 2019 summer internship for students in museum studies, public history and humanities, art history, and related fields. Interns will learn and work in a team-based, collaborative environment and play a crucial role in advancing one or more areas of NRF’s mission. Interns will be based at Rough Point, an NRF property open to the public as a house museum.
This year, NRF is seeking two interns for summer 2019. 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.
NRF works in three key areas:
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 2019 internship is the likelihood of working on interpretation, evaluation, programming, and collections research at Rough Point and/or Whitehorne House Museum.
Interns work a minimum of 35 hours per week at a rate of $14.50/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. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Applicants must be rising college seniors, graduate students, or those having attained an undergraduate or graduate degree within 12 months of the start of the internship.
A complete application consists of:
Please send all materials in a single PDF to Kelsey Mullen, Public Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRF is an equal opportunity employer.
Closing date is February 19, 2019; applicants will be notified by mid-March.
About the Newport Restoration Foundation
NRF is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Doris Duke to promote and invest in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all. In addition to a collection of more than 70 early American houses, now rented to tenant-stewards, NRF operates three museum properties that are open to the public: Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Newport mansion and home to a significant collection of European paintings, furniture, and textiles, and other European and Asian decorative arts; Whitehorne House Museum, featuring a collection of 18th- and early 19th-century Newport furniture; and Prescott Farm, a public park and historic site with ties to the Revolutionary War. NRF is actively engaged in historic preservation, community engagement, and scholarly research.
Emily A. Laird was an M.A. student in museum studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, N.Y. when she came to Newport as a Newport Restoration Foundation collections intern in 2011. During her time at the NRF, Emily displayed a passion for scholarship, dedication to her work, and a keen interest in her museum colleagues, the local community, and the unique qualities of Newport and environs. She worked closely with staff and had made an excellent start on her individual project before falling critically ill in mid-summer. She died on September 29, 2011.
Guides are integral members of the Education and Public Programs team at NRF. They are champion storytellers who interpret for audiences of all ages and backgrounds the history and collections at our three museum properties: Rough Point, Whitehorne House Museum, and Prescott Farm.
The Rough Point Supervisors on Duty facilitate the daily operations at Rough Point Museum, including admission and retail sales. They ensure front of house operations at Rough Point reflect NRF’s mission of promoting the architectural and cultural heritage for the education, enjoyment, and inspiration for all.