Holocaust Museum Los Angeles

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PICS Organization Name
Holocaust Museum Los Angeles

City/State
Los Angeles, California 

Organization Description
Holocaust Museum LA was founded in 1961 by Holocaust survivors who wanted to create a space to commemorate their families, house their precious artifacts, and educate future generations. The founding survivors mandated that the Museum always be free, so that no one be turned away from learning about the Holocaust. Our mission to commemorate, educate, and inspire has remained consistent since our inception. However, as hate crimes reach an all-time high, including a 60% increase in anti semitic hate crimes, in Los Angeles alone, now is a critical time to provide Holocaust education, discuss its social relevance, and understand the dangers of allowing bigotry to go unchecked.

Internship Description

The Museum’s internship program invites qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust and museum education as well as the way in which a Museum operates, specifically related to education and archives.
Interns will:

  • take part in hands-on projects and work directly with the Vice President of Education and Exhibits.
  • have the opportunity to prepare research for education materials, tours, permanent exhibits, gallery cases, and temporary exhibitions.
  • work with the Museum staff to educate students and the public.
  • work on summer workshop programs run during the summer (these workshops bring together Holocaust Survivors and teens in meaningful conversation and learning).
  • assist with daily administrative tasks as needed.

This internship opportunity for undergraduate students will allow them to explore museum careers and gain professional experience.

This internship opportunity will afford the student the change to work closely with the VP of Education and Exhibits to understand both the day-to-day of running two departments and the work done to ensure the institution meets its strategic plan.  The project opportunities will include archival, educational, and more!

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500/$450 if remote 10 Flexible between 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 10:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications
Required:

  • Interest in Holocaust and 20th-century European history.
  • Interest in museum education.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to show good judgement and problem solve.
  • Ability to organize tasks and sure timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail.
  • Consistency in professional work ethic and positive attitude.

Preferred:

  • Additional Language Knowledge
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Design/Graphic design Skills
  • Archival skills

**Writing sample required: Excerpt from paper, project, or presentation
that shows student's writing ability.

Additional Info
The Museum is located in a central area of Los Angeles- near other museums such as LACMA as
well as near the Gove and Farmer's Market (LA landmarks). The Museum is not far from Hollywood, West Hollywood, East LA, and downtown. There are several bus lines near the Museum that expand throughout the city.

**Writing sample required: Excerpt from paper, project, or presentation that shows student's writing ability.

Former Interns
Danny Pinto '20, Alexa Fishman '20

Evaluation Excerpt

After spending 10 weeks in the Museum, I feel like I've become more sensitive and aware of people who are not like me. My internship was also extremely educationally enriching, because I sought to learn as much Holocaust history as I possibly could. I learned so much from hearing Survivors, working with artifacts, reading textbooks, and touring the Museum multiple times.
—Alexa Fishman '20

 I did feel connected with the mission of serving resource-poor educational institutions with high-quality historical education and understandings of genocide and its related moral lessons. I have learned more about how to apply my research skills outside of academia and about the sort of work I strive to do in my future career. —Danny Pinto '20