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2024 Retail Product Development Intern - Summer

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Founded by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, Crystal Bridges is a public non-profit charitable organization. 


Job Description:

Position Title: 2024 Retail Product Development Intern-Summer

Position Type: Paid Intern

Division: Operations and Administration                         

Department: CBMO Retail                          

Reports to: Director of Retail                                 


Crystal Bridges is a museum of American art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.


We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams, and inspired actions.


As an intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.


Position Summary:


The Retail Product Development Intern will focus on helping to grow our exclusive custom print program from the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges as well as branded products and exclusive artist product collaborations. The custom print program allows customers to purchase prints from the CBMAA collection in a variety of sizes and frame options in just three easy steps. It is one of the largest revenue streams in the Museum Store and has the potential to increase exponentially with more variety and offerings. This position will help grow this offering. This position will also work on CBMO branded products and artist collaborations. 


Project Plan:


The Retail Product Development Intern will help to identify works from the CBMAA Collection from its digital archive with the end goal of adding 20 new works to the Custom Print Program. They will also help lay out new CBMO branded products and apparel to be included in our branded and artist collaboration exclusive merchandise. 


The project will start with working with our Buyers to help identify works that could be added and track these works in Asana. This involves also working in collaboration with our Collections Information team at CBMAA and vendor resource teams. The intern will help to download and track the digital files to be sent to our color correction specialist at the print vendor. Then work to color match the prints so they are as close to the original artwork as possible.


While the prints are being color-corrected and processed, the Retail intern will also help with the design and production of new branded and artist collaboration merchandise when possible.


Educations Objectives:

  • Learn about rights and reproductions for artworks.
  • Learn about color correction and the process for capturing and reproducing prints and other products.
  • Learn about retail product development and sales.


Minimum Qualifications:


Education, Training, and Traits:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in school or a recent graduate.
  • Digitally savvy and design skills.
  • Working knowledge in Adobe Creative Suites is a plus.
  • Willingness to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Willingness to learn customer service skills.
  • Self-starter



  • Month: June 3, 2024-July 26, 2024
  • Weeks: 8 weeks
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Weekly schedule to be arranged with direct supervisor



  • Applications due: March 30th
  • Intern selected by: April 12th
  • Anticipated Start Date: June 3rd


Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume



  • High School Interns: $12.00
  • Undergraduate Interns: $13.00
  • Graduate Interns: $14.00


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands:  In the work environment described below, position requires work at a desk, utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for file and materials storage as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.
  • Work environment:  Work will be performed in an office environment and museum spaces. The noise level in the museum work environment is usually low to moderate.
  • If the intern’s personal equipment is used, the museum accepts no liability for any damage caused to said equipment while being used for museum purposes, nor loss or corruption of electronic files on devices.


All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check.  In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.


Crystal Bridges is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.