The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is seeking interns to join its Summer Internship Program in 2014. Through programs and tours of its historic tenement building at 97 Orchard Street, the Tenement Museum seeks to promote dialogue and historical perspectives about the varied immigrant experiences on New York’s Lower East Side. These internships are open to college and graduate students interested in pursuing experiences in a small museum setting in their particular field.
Internships will begin the first week of June and run through the middle of August for a total of 10 weeks. Interns should expect to commit four days (28 hours) per week.
Internships are available in the following departments:
Interns will receive a formal orientation and will work on projects within their departments. Interns will have the opportunity to visit related area museums and historic sites as well as to interact with museum leadership. This internship comes with a stipend of $1,000 as well as benefits such as Metrocards, free admission to the Museum, and a discount at the Museum Shop.
Applications are due by March 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. Please include a cover letter, resume and one recommendation letter, and any materials requested in individual position descriptions. Send your application to email@example.com with the position name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Conservation and Preservation Internship:
The Tenement Museum seeks an intern to assist its Conservation and Preservation Team with tasks necessary for the creation of its Preservation Action Plan, which will establish priorities for conservation work on its landmark 97 Orchard Street tenement. Specifically, the intern will help assemble and edit relevant portions of the first draft of the Preservation Action Plan.
The intern will develop conservation planning skills and be exposed to the multiple facets of architectural conservation and preservation in a museum setting as s/he works with the Team to complete the first draft of the Preservation Action Plan. Tasks will include conducting an inventory of all of the preservation and conservation treatment reports in the Museum’s archives, assisting the Director of Curatorial Affairs in planning and executing meetings with conservation and preservation consultants, and participating in the process of creating the Preservation Action Plan.
The internship is a good fit for students in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Architecture, or Public History. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and have knowledge of basic museum practices, solid research skills, an eye for detail, and a passion for practicing history in public. Preference will be given to students with a serious interest in pursuing a museum career or career in historic preservation.
Oral History Intern:
The Tenement Museum seeks an Oral History Intern to help coordinate and manage the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s vast collection of oral histories and identify ways in which the oral histories can support the Museum’s mission. The intern will help locate oral history files (audio, transcripts, excerpts, etc.) and store them in a shared place, digitize analog audio files, transcribe and indexing oral histories, research transcription services (including translation services for interviews not conducted in English), reformat oral history documents to conform with our Oral History Best Practices, identify interview content that can be used for tour content, and communicate with the Education staff on how oral histories can be used.
Tour and Discussion Intern:
The Tenement Museum seeks a Tour and Discussion Intern to participate in the ongoing development of the Tour and Discussion program, a two hour dialogic-learning program that connects the history of 97 Orchard St. to issues of contemporary immigration. The intern will help to assess the program’s success through the development and implementation of internal and external evaluations. Working with educators who lead the program, s/he will work to establish a manual of best practices to be utilized in ongoing training efforts.
The intern will also assist with the administration of the existing program including material maintenance, attendance, and marketing. In addition, s/he may deliver programs to school groups, adults and/or the public.
Ladino Translation Project Description
The Tenement Museum seeks an intern for Ladino language research and translation for the education departmnet. Research will focus on translating La America, a newspaper of the Sephardic community in New York City, published by Moise Gadol between 1910-1925. The department wants to know as many details as possible about the organizations and events of the Sephardi community on the Lower East Side in order to interpret them as daily life experiences of Victoria Confino, a 14-year-old Kastoriali immigrant and former resident of 97 Orchard Street.
On the Meet Victoria Confino tour, costumed interpreters portray Victoria in the first person, and this research will help to enhance that interpretation as well as the physical decor of Victoria's recreated apartment. As historian Marc Angel says, "The Judeo-Spanish speaking Jews formed their own unique society in the Lower East Side. They brought with them their cultural heritage from the Sephardic communities of Turkey and the Balkan countries. They were quick to establish restaurants and coffee houses to cater to their culinary tastes. They established their own self-help groups, their own synagogue services, their own burial societies, and their own communal organizations." Only applicants with Ladino language translation skills need apply.
Digital Media Intern: *
The Tenement Museum seeks a digital media intern to assist in organizing a vast collection of video, audio and images. The intern will develop a system to organize and catalog this collection for ease of use and access by museum staff.
The intern should have:
*extension; resumes due by April 1st
Job Title: Communications Manager
Department: Marketing & Communications
Reports to: Vice President, Marketing & Communications
JOB DESCRIPTION AND TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Communications Manager reports to the Vice President, Marketing and Communications. S/he works to gain greater awareness of the Museum by helping to develop and execute the Museum’s media and public relations, digital marketing, social media and communications initiatives to build brand awareness and collateral, resulting in elevating the positioning of the Museum to increase awareness, reputation, donors and visitors. S/he will develop organizational messages and ensure that they are used consistently in all communications.
The Communications Manager will foster stronger public and media relations through development of promotional content, effective social media, institutional partnerships and build visibility and public awareness through strategic media outreach and development of Museum positioning as a thought leader and viable participant in the national dialogue around immigration.
The Communications Manager must apply communications efforts to all Museum programming including public and group tours, retail sales, Tenement Talks and evening programs, space rentals, development and fundraising initiatives and major institutional events and milestones, as needed.
The Communications Manager also supervises department interns as necessary and works closely with the Marketing Manager to coordinate and complement marketing activities.
Specific Tasks and Responsibilities Include:
Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or regular mail to David Eng, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, The Tenement Museum, 91 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002. No phone calls please.
Tenement Museum Part Time Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will assist the Museum's Marketing and Communications staff with administrative support, content development, project coordination, and by tracking and reporting results. S/he will report to the Communications Manager. This permanent, part time position requires 2 full consecutive days per week.
• Assist in the production and distribution of the Museum’s blog and monthly newsletter
• Preparing the monthly newsletter and other marketing emails as needed using MailChimp, the Museum’s email marketing platform
• Field requests from members of the press and film makers, coordinate visits, supervise film and photography shoots and fulfill requests for images, tour reservations and interviews
• Assist in the production of press releases and distribution lists; distribute media materials; conduct follow-up
• Track media coverage and draft monthly reports
• Produce and edit content for the Museum’s social media platforms
• At least 3 years of work experience; at least one in a non-profit setting
• A deep commitment to the goals of the organization
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
• Must be self-motivated and be able to initiate ideas and projects
• Background in the arts and museum fields helpful
• Strong organizational and computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
• Knowledge of design programs (i.e., PhotoShop, etc.) useful
Please e-mail application materials to Elizabeth Tietjen at email@example.com
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to making all personnel decisions without regard to age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other category protected by law.