Summer 2013 Museum Education Internships
The Florida Holocaust Museum is seeking interns for the week of June 18, 2013 through August 6, 2013. Days and hours are flexible but must be available on Tuesday mornings for an outreach program in Pinellas Park.
This volunteer position will provide valuable hands-on experience for those interested in a career in museum education and/or informal education. Intern will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Museum’s collection and exhibitions and participate in a variety of educational opportunities including the Museum’s award winning Summer Institute for teachers.
Once a week, the accepted intern will be working off-site with two certified teachers plus an arts specialist in the Museum’s Speak Up Speak Now program (see program description below). A field trip to the Museum is part of the curriculum and interns will play a role as Museum guides and/or facilitating an activity in the galleries.
College credit may be arranged. Expected time commitment: EIGHT-FIFTEEN HOURS weekly.
The successful applicant will be a mature undergraduate, recent graduate or graduate student with demonstrated interest in informal student learning and museum education; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and exemplary writing and research abilities. Ability to work independently critical.
Speak Up Speak Now enrolls approximately 65 Pinellas County middle school students each summer engaging them is discussions, activities, and field trips that examine concepts such as: identity, us and them, bystander, upstander, universe of obligation, prejudice, stereotypes and propaganda. The teens hear from guest speakers that include: crime victims, Holocaust survivors, refugees, law enforcement officers and community activists. At the beginning of the program, students are asked to take a pledge to speak up in the face of injustice. Throughout the summer program, they create artwork that is used as part of an on-going public awareness campaign.
Application is attached. Students will have a preliminary interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and a final interview with the SUSN Program Administrator. Hours and tasks are thoroughly documented.
All applications to be sent to:
Donna Fletcher, Volunteer Coordinator
Deadline: May 24, 2013
Exhibitions & Collections Department Intern (Fall Semester, 2013)
The Exhibitions and Collections Intern will assist with tasks related to traveling and permanent exhibitions and the Museum’s artifact, art, and archives collections as needed. Specific projects are not guaranteed. Exhibitions and Collections Interns are required to complete one transcript of an oral testimony interview. The intern’s activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Contribute to design and research for exhibition catalogs, brochures, signage, didactic panels, and other exhibit materials.
- Assist with exhibition preparation, installation, and deinstallation.
- Provide additional support and assistance as needed regarding exhibitions.
- Assist with collections management and organization: may involve taking inventories, entering data and cataloging into PastPerfect database, writing condition reports, research, and handling for storage.
- Continue digitization of the collections by taking photos or scanning documents.
- Assist with and contribute to the organization and maintenance of the Museum’s storage Vault.
- Assist with conservation/preservation activities and disaster preparedness and recovery if needed.
- Sensitivity to issues of racism/intolerance and Holocaust survivorship
- Strong recognition of the importance of historical artifacts and archives
- Ability and willingness to learn and follow proper handling practices
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office, databases and other computer programs
- Familiarity with digital imaging, photography, and related equipment
- Strong attention to detail without compromising ability to multi-task
- High level of organization
- Self-motivated, consistently responsible and dependable
- Ability to lift, move and/or carry 15 pounds and to assist other staff with large, heavy and awkward items (including objects, exhibition furniture, or storage crates)
- Ability to climb ladders or stairs for object storage, transport and/or maintenance as needed
Supervision: The Exhibitions and Collections Intern will report to the Exhibitions and Collections department staff.
Education: Enrollment in or completion of an academic program in museum studies, library science, history, art history, art, or a related field. Working knowledge or complete fluency in relevant languages (German, French, Dutch, etc.) is helpful but not required.
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