Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust


Los Angeles, California 

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Alexa Fishman '20, Emily Smith '18, Cassie Rodriguez '19

Organization Description
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific Park, the oldest of its kind in the nation, dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished, honors those who survived, and houses the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust. For over 55 years, the Museum has provided free Holocaust education to students and visitors from across Los Angeles, the United States, and the world, fulfilling the mission of the founding Holocaust Survivors to commemorate, educate, and inspire. Through engagements and education programs that value dialogue, learning, and reflection, the Museum believes that we can build a more respectful, dignified, and humane world.

LAMOTH has a two-fold mission that has remained constant since its inception in 1961: commemoration and education. The Museum dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished and those who survived by housing the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust era. The Museum also provides free Holocaust education to the public, particularly students from under-funded schools and underserved communities. The staff of the Museum is made up of full time, part time, volunteers, and interns, who intimately work together to uphold the mission and significant work of the Museum. The work of the Museum is quite rewarding and requires a high degree of motivation and dedication. Our organization would greatly benefit from the care and work that we would gain from sponsoring a Princeton intern. 

Internship Description
The Museum’s internship program invites qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust as well as the way in which a Museum operates, specifically related to education and archives. Interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with the Director of Education. 

Interns have the opportunity to prepare research for permanent exhibits, gallery cases, and temporary exhibitions.  Interns will work with the Museum staff to educate students and the public.  Interns will also work on summer workshop programs run during the summer (these workshops bring together Holocaust Survivors and teens in meaningful conversation and learning). They will also assist with daily administrative tasks as needed.

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

Internship Qualifications

  • Interest in Holocaust and 20th-century European history
  • Interest in museum education
  • Ability to work both independently and 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 ensure timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail
  • Consistency in professional work ethic and positive attitude 


  • Social media skills
  • Customer service skills

**Writing sample required: excerpt from a paper written in college**

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/1/18 - 8/31/18

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
The Museum is located in a central area of Los Angeles- near other museums like 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. Summer housing is available to find in Los Angeles either through real estate websites or through university dorm rooms.  
The Museum holds occasional night and weekend events that the Intern would take part in developing, organizing, and attending.

**Writing sample required: excerpt from a paper written in college**

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

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program