About Volunteering

We are very pleased that you are interested in being a vital part of George Eastman House. Our more than 500 volunteers donate over 15,000 hours each year and contribute to every aspect of the Museum’s mission.

The success of the Museum depends on the paid and unpaid staff who offer their talents and skills. We value highly the individuals like you who will make possible the Museum’s internationally respected contributions to photography, to motion pictures, and to the legacy of George Eastman.

Privileges of Museum Volunteers

  • Free admission to the Museum for themselves and one guest (Enter via the Staff entrance)
  • Free admission for themselves only to the Curtis and Dryden theaters (Please wear your volunteer badge)
  • 10% discount in the Museum store
  • Discounted admission to Museum events
  • The Films & Events newsletter published 6 times yearly
  • Social, educational, and recognition events just for volunteers


Garden Docents

Do you enjoy talking to people? Do you love plants and flowers? Want to spend some time outside this spring and summer? Become an Eastman House garden docent! Contact Amy Kinsey (akinsey@geh.org) or (585) 271-3361 ext. 224 for details.


MOVING IMAGE DEPARTMENT
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND REQUIREMENTS

The Moving Image Department at George Eastman House offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships encourage students to explore careers related to the preservation and exhibition of archival collections. Internships are offered to students who have not yet completed their degrees and seek an advanced archival practicum. A background in film studies, film preservation, paper conservation, photographic conservation or library or archival studies is preferable. Solid research, analytical, computer, and writing skills are required.

Internships are offered during the department,s summer session from July through August. Interns must schedule their work Monday through Thursday during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Course credit can be given with the approval of the intern,s academic institution. Interns are required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 8 weeks. Stipends are not offered.

Applications are due by April 15 of each year.

Internship Projects are generally offered in the following areas:

  • Stills, Posters and Paper Collection Projects are focused on archival processing, cataloging, and digitization of artifacts related to the history and exhibition of motion pictures such as publicity stills, lobby cards, pressbooks, glass lantern slides, music cue sheets, and posters. A proficiency in working with databases and neat handwriting is required. Projects focused on creating finding aids for the manuscript collections of filmmakers are available for students currently enrolled in a graduate level library or archives studies program.
  • Cataloging and Metadata Projects are aimed at improving and enhancing catalog records in TMS (The Museum System) and in our local FileMaker Pro Stills Archive Collections Database. Work may involve data entry clean-up; assigning subject and name access points; preparing descriptive summaries; performing biographical research on art and artists, authority files; and reviewing catalog records for accuracy.
  • Curatorial Projects include archival exhibition research, label and text preparation, installation and research for upcoming publications.
  • Digital Collections Digitization initiatives are designed to increase access to collections through digitization and website access. Possible assignments include assisting with scanning and digital curatorship activities; entering data in our Digital Collections Database; preparing technical and administrative documentation; testing digitization workflows; and assisting with interface design, usability studies, and related web development activities.
  • Collection Management Assigned projects are focused on inventorying, inspection, identification, re-housing, locating and cataloging of 35mm and 16mm film elements. Film handling experience is required.

How to Apply

Applicants will be required to upload the following materials:

  • A completed Intern Application PDF;
  • A cover letter
  • A resumé detailing your experience, career interests, and internship goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A handwriting sample

Send complete package to:

Intern Coordinator
Moving Image Department
George Eastman House
900 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607
Or email midinternships@geh.org 

Applications must be received by the application deadline of April 15 of each year. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

MOVING IMAGE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers provide valuable assistance to the staff of the Moving Image Department through a variety of activities, including cataloging and digitizing motion picture stills and other artifacts, organizing and storing archival records, providing research support for curatorial staff, and assisting with special projects. Volunteers should have an interest in motion pictures, film curatorship, film history, photography or archival management, and should be able to spend a minimum of ten (10) hours a week on assigned tasks.

Volunteer positions are available in the Moving Image Department from July through August. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday excluding holidays. Summer volunteer applications are due by April 15 of each year.

How to Apply

A completed Volunteer Application PDF

Please send the application, your resumé and a cover letter detailing your experience, interests and volunteer goals to:

Volunteer Coordinator
Moving Image Department
George Eastman House
900 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607
Or email midvolunteers@geh.org  

 


Graduate Internships - Department of Photographs


The Department of Photography at George Eastman House is currently accepting applications for summer internships, scheduled to run between May and August 2014. These internships are designed to give graduate students an advanced practicum in photographic collections management and current museum practices. A background in the history of photography, art history, photography, visual studies, or library and information sciences is strongly encouraged. All applicants must:

  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate program, or have graduated from a graduate program in 2014
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average


Course credit must be negotiated in advance of the internship and requires approval from the intern's academic institution. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least 8 weeks, with select full-time internships offered to qualified students. Please mention any requirements of a for-credit internship in your cover letter. There is no remuneration available.

    Application packages must include all of the following to receive consideration:
  • 2 letters of recommendation, either sealed or separately e-mailed from referee
  • A resumé or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Handwriting sample

Handwriting sample form


For more information, please contact oarnone@geh.org. Applications must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than January 30, 2015. Qualified applicants will be notified offers for positions by March 31, 2015. All applications should be mailed to:
Olivia Arnone
Department of Photography
George Eastman House
900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607-2298
or e-mailed to oarnone@geh.org.


Undergraduate Internship - Department of Photographs


The Department of Photography at George Eastman House is currently accepting applications for a summer internship, scheduled to run between May and August 2014. This internship is designed to give an undergraduate student an introductory practicum in photographic collections management and current museum practices. A background in the history of photography, art history, or photography is strongly encouraged. All applicants must:

  • Currently be enrolled in an undergraduate program, or have graduated from an undergraduate program in 2014
  • Have completed at least two years of coursework prior to summer 2014
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average

Course credit must be negotiated in advance of the internship and requires approval from the intern's academic institution. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 8 weeks. Please mention any requirements of a for-credit internship in your cover letter. There is no remuneration available.

For more information, please contact oarnone@geh.org. Applications must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than February 27, 2015. Qualified applicants will be notified offers for positions by March 31, 2015. All applications should be mailed to:
Olivia Arnone
Department of Photography
George Eastman House
900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607-2298
or emailed to oarnone@geh.org.


    Application packages must include all of the following to receive consideration:
  • 2 letters of recommendation, either sealed or separately e-mailed from referee
  • A resumé or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Handwriting sample

Handwriting sample form



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