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Museum Education

This internship is for undergraduate or graduate students in education, or museum education and provides experience in teaching, lesson planning, research, and community outreach to schools.

The museum conducts history education programs for school groups in grades K-12. Visiting students learn about key historic events and people connected with the site through study of the Mansion and its collections. Students engage in artifact study, document analysis, architectural explorations and discussion with educators to explore life in 18th and 19th century New York City through a variety of different perspectives. Interns will learn and teach all of our school curriculum.

Free school vacation workshops and weekend art workshops are also offered to local students and their parents. Children create artwork and crafts, enjoy storytelling, and take part in the performing art presentations relating to the Mansion’s history. Participating in arts workshops is optional for interns.

The internship also includes opportunities to create new educational programming that may involve collaborations with other history museums and/or in-school teaching. Students interested in teaching, researching historical subjects, and developing lesson planning and evaluation skills are especially sought. This is a volunteer position.

Public Affairs

This internship is for students in mass media, public relations, marketing, tourism or related fields and provides exposure to a wide spectrum of experience in many areas of museum operations.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion (MJM) recently hired a Director of Public Affairs and Marketing who brings extensive media, marketing and museum experience to MJM. The intern selected in this area will have significant opportunities for creative development of public relations and marketing initiatives to increase the visibility of the museum and heighten awareness of this historic treasure locally, nationally and internationally.

Responsibilities will include assisting with the revamping of the website, implementing a strategic plan that calls for the development of informational/promotional materials, outreach to key community contacts and museum patrons, the creation of partnerships and collaborations with other New York cultural institutions. The duties will also include contact with members of the media to increase the visibility of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Curatorial Internship

The Morris-Jumel Mansion has ongoing openings for a curatorial intern. The internship will emphasize cataloging, digital records management, researching the collection, and collections management and care. This internship is an opportunity to learn first-hand how a small historic house museum operates. Past interns have accompanied staff on studio visits to textile, stained glass, and furniture conservators as well as commercial reproduction venues. The intern will work with the museum’s curator on a schedule to be arranged. Graduate student in decorative arts, art history, or American studies preferred. A stipend is sometimes available.

Archival Internship

Spring Archival Digitization Intern
10-15 hours per week
Intern will be assisting in the digitization of the museum’s administrative and historical archives. Depending on interest, intern may choose to focus on the digitization and preservation of archives, or the transcription of historical handwritten records. There will also be opportunities to implement an independent project of intern’s choice. Skills developed include practical experience with digital archiving technology, preservation techniques, and a working knowledge of long-term concerns in museum administration. Position requires an ability to work independently and a strong attention to detail. Either administrative experience or archiving experience is encouraged. Please send letter of interest and resume to Emilie Gruchow at Due March 5, 2015.

Youth Library Intern
10-15 hours per week
Interns will be assisting in the development of a youth research library at the Mansion. Responsibilities include assisting in the selection of age-appropriate texts in Early American History for students aged 7 through 12, or for students aged 13 through 18 (intern will focus on one age group). Interns will concentrate on the curation of a comprehensive non-fiction library of approximately 250 books each. Skills developed include practical experience in developing an engaging, text-based library for children, and building text-based research guides. Positions require an ability to work both independently and in collaboration with the museum archivist and educators, an ability to identify and review 20-30 books a week for possible inclusion in library, and the ability to combine offsite research with museum collaboration. Please send letter of interest and resume to Emilie Gruchow at Due March 5, 2015.

The Gladys Brooks Foundation Commemorative Archives at the Morris-Jumel Mansion has ongoing openings for an archival intern. Internships will emphasize cataloging, preservation and conservation, and digitization. The intern will assist in processing, organizing, and storing records according to standard archival methods including those published by the New York State Archives and Records Administration, using Past Perfect Museum software. The intern will work with the museum’s curator on a schedule to be arranged, 100 hours per semester requested. Graduate student in library science preferred. A stipend is sometimes available.

The Gladys Brooks Foundation Commemorative Archives serves a vital role in the function of the museum. It documents the origin and history of the house and the development and activities of the museum. The archive includes maps, letters, books, tapes, photographs, press clippings, research papers, architectural plans, inventories, and donor files that relate to the various occupants of the house, the museum, and the immediate neighborhood.

For information about any of these internships, please contact Director Carol Ward at (212) 923-8008.