National Museum of American Jewish History (1-2 positions)

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PICS Organization Name
National Museum of American Jewish History

Website
http://www.nmajh.org/

City/State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Weekly Stipend
$450

Public Transportation
Yes

Housing Provided
No

Former Interns
Noa Wollenstein '21, Lila Currie '18, Delaney Kerkhof '18, Allice Maiden '19, Rachel Brill '19

Organization Description
The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.

We host 20+ interns in every department of the museum and are proud of the recognition that we have achieved for our internship program.

Internship Description

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.


Position: Academic Liaison – Research Projects
(Cultural Institutions)

The Academic Liaison Special Projects Intern will assist on research projects based upon identified and prioritized topics with the objective being a presentation at a national conference or a published paper. Topics currently being developed include the value of internships to museums. Key projects and responsibilities may include:

  • assisting in preparation of a paper for presentation at a national meeting or for publication
  • coordinating meetings with the research committee
  • researching new data and background information
  • conducting surveys

Position: Education Intern
(Education / Communications / Cultural Institutions)

The Education Intern will work with Education staff on the Family and School Program. This intern will assist in day to day operations, school groups visits, and in the development of new activities and resources. Qualified candidates should have a strong background in humanities, museum, and education work. The candidate will need to demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, be flexible, and have the ability to work independently.
Tasks may include:

  • participating in the research and development of educational materials and resources for special exhibitions
  • working with the marketing department on outreach for educational programs
  • assisting in administrative support to the department
  • assisting with group visits, including: outreach, visits outlines, printing, ordering and maintaining supplies, groups’ orientation and educational activities
  • assisting in organizing and overseeing logistics for education department events, including: room reservation, set-up, catering, registration, etc.

Skills needed:

  • excellent writing, editing and proofreading
  • strong verbal and visual thinking
  • strong computer, electronic and desktop publishing
  • ability to relate complex concepts and communicate effectively with visitors, teachers, and children
  • familiarity with inquiry-based and object-based methods in education
  • strong organizational skills
  • strong research skills

Internship Qualifications
Next steps in the research will be to include additional museums in the sample. Academic Liaison intern should be familiar with research methods and statistics and have good writing skills.

Education intern

  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading
  • strong verbal and visual thinking
  • strong computer, electronic and desktop publishing
  • ability to relate complex concepts and communicate effectively with visitors, teachers, and children
  • familiarity with inquiry-based and object-based methods in education
  • strong organizational skills
  • strong research skills
  • knowledge of graphic design and illustration history is a plus

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/3/19 - 8/09/19

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
No

Additional Info

Housing is readily available. many of our interns find housing through Penn or Drexel student housing. Both sites are easily accessible by public transportation.

 

 

Evaluation Excerpt

I worked on a myriad of projects for the marketing department, including a social media campaign, research on marketing practices of other museums, cataloging press mentioning the museum, distributing museum literature, and more. The work I was given was very interesting to me, and much of it allowed me to use skills I've learned at Princeton, such as research and critical thinking, in real world scenarios.
—Lila Currie '18

I loved putting together a weekly seminar lecture series for me and the other 21 interns this summer. The most difficult experience was leading my own independent research project and trying to make it meaningful in a short amount of time.
—Delaney Kerkhof '18

I absolutely connected with the museum's mission to make information available to as wide and diverse an audience and possible. I learned a lot in terms of how to make information and the museum-going experience more accessible to people of all levels and abilities. —Noa Wollenstein '21

Applications for Summer 2019 will open in November 2018. 

Apply

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

Coordinator

Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here