Experience the life and times of one of the most well-known Western artists, Charles Marion Russell, while gaining valuable experience towards your future career. The C.M. Russell Museum offers the opportunity to experience the variety of career paths available within the field of museums and educational institutions. Through access to art collections that document the history of a disappearing culture, celebrate the traditions of native peoples, and depict the topography and landscape of the west, interns will also gain a new understanding and appreciation for Russell’s West.

In addition to the abundant opportunities at the museum, the community of Great Falls and the surrounding areas offer a wealth of resources.  By extending research and learning to the campus of Montana, interns have the opportunity to explore the Northern Plains Indian culture and the life of early explorers such as Lewis & Clark; to witness the impacts of settlers, industrialization, and agriculture on the Western Frontier; to experience the landscape that inspired Russell to move to the West, and to learn about the valuable role art, culture, and history play in small communities.

Dufresne Scholar Award

Archive boxes in the Renner Research CenterAs part of the museum’s greater educational mission, the purpose of the Dufresne Scholar Award Internship is to expand the museum’s role as a national learning institution and center of inquiry.  We seek to foster a widespread community of individuals and institutions that look to the arts as not only a means of personal enjoyment, but also as an invaluable tool for understanding cultural traditions, history, the environment, and the human experience.  Through our internship program, we hope to empower aspiring professionals who are dedicated to the lives and stories that have shaped our world today, thereby ensuring the viability and integrity of our nation’s cultural, historical, and educational institutions.   

For summer 2021, the C.M. Russell Museum is pleased to present an internship opportunity in the field of Archival Processing and Historical Research for Exhibitions.

The Curatorial Department is in charge of the museum’s permanent collection and its exhibition. Curatorial cares for collections, conducts research to advance knowledge of our collections, and disseminates the story of Russell and the West through our galleries and temporary exhibitions. Within the Curatorial Department, the Renner Research Center serves the research needs of the staff of the C.M. Russell Museum throughout the course of their duties. The research collections at the C.M. Russell Museum include more than 3,000 books on the art, culture, and history of the American West, as well as archival collections, photographs, periodicals, and ephemera.  The Archives and Curatorial Intern will report to the Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

The 2021 Archives and Curatorial Intern will be responsible for the archival arrangement and description of the Richard J. Flood II Collection. The Richard J. Flood II Collection at the C.M. Russell Museum consists of the collected papers, correspondence, and photographs of Joe De Yong, which Flood purchased from De Yong and later sold to the Museum. De Yong was Charles Russell’s only protégé and during the last decade of Russell’s life De Yong spent a significant portion of his time living with the Russell family and working with Russell in his studio. The Flood Collection consists of an estimated 36 linear feet of materials in need of processing to professional archival standards.

Additionally, the Archives and Curatorial Intern will have opportunities to conduct historical research in order to facilitate long-range exhibition planning. Research will primarily focus on the life, art, and historic exhibitions of Charlie Russell, but may also include a variety of other Western artists.

Preferred qualifications: Current enrollment or recent graduation from a graduate-level degree program in Archival Studies, Information Science, or a related field preferred.

Who should apply?

We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. The Dufresne Internship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, or doctoral students. See this year’s project for preferred qualifications.

Stipend – $4,000

Length of Internship

Interns are expected to complete 400 hours of work onsite at the C.M. Russell Museum during the summer season. A typical intern schedule consists of 10 weeks of full time work (40 hours per week). Start and end dates are flexible in order to prevent conflict with interns’ academic schedules.

Application Process

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter/statement of intent, resume, and two letters of recommendation from current or past academic references. Your statement of interest should be one page or less and should highlight relevant coursework and experience, as well as outline what you hope to contribute to the museum and what you would like to gain in return.

Please send applications to Kathryn Kramer at the following address:

kkramer@cmrussell.org

or

Kathryn Kramer
Renner Research Center Manager
C.M. Russell Museum
400 13th Street North
Great Falls, Montana 59401

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 26, 2021. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews within a few weeks following the application deadline.  Interns are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements in Great Falls, Montana; museum staff can provide housing suggestions.