Do you love history, architecture and/or Jewish culture? Our Museum Internships program take you behind the scenes of one of NYC’s most important Jewish sites, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. College and graduate level student interns learn about museum practice and gain professional skills in a variety of fields, including public programming, education, fundraising, communications, and archives.
The Museum offers fall, spring & summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent college graduates. Over the past several years, we have had interns from Brandeis University, Brown University, Grinnell College, Jewish Theological Seminary, The New School, Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, Skidmore College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Vermont, University of Illinois, Williams College, Yeshiva University and more.
Our internship program is highly competitive and only a few interns are chosen each year. Acceptance into the internship program is based on academic achievement, interests, experience, related skills, motivation and availability. Time commitments are flexible and can range from as little as ten hours to thirty-five hours per week. The Museum at Eldridge Street encourages diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.
The Museum’s summer internship is a unique opportunity to learn about Museum operations in a hands-on way. Each intern is assigned a special project related to one of the Museum’s departments and is mentored by a senior staff member. Every Wednesday afternoon, interns visit a museums or cultural institution for a behind-the-scenes look at current exhibitions(s) and to hear from their staff on how museums work. Summer interns are required to work a minimum of three days. The internship is unpaid but college credit is possible.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority is given to those who apply before these deadlines. Internships are unpaid.
Summer 2017: March 1, 2017 – DEADLINE PAST
Fall 2017: July 1, 2017
Spring 2018: November 1, 2017
Please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the Museum, the kind of intern work you would like to do and your educational background. Most interns are expected to work Sundays and some evenings.
Email your application to Hanna Griff-Sleven, email@example.com, or mail to:
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002.
A varied experience that will include giving tours to visitors and other duties depending on an intern’s interests and background, including museum education, cultural programming (experience with sound, lighting, photography a plus), graphic design and research.
Learn about digital strategy within a museum environment. Research and write articles for the Museum’s blog; update the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages; develop on-line video content and assist in programming of Museum’s emails; create special promotions for Museum’s social media platforms.
Writing and circulating press releases; researching press contacts; outreach to community centers, university programs and other organizations; creating event flyers and email invites; researching and writing blog posts related to cultural programs, and assisting staff and artists at cultural events. The Intern also assists with developing cultural program hand- out materials, and helps Cultural Program Director with logistics of cultural events (i.e., traffic flow, festival set-up, letters of agreements, etc.). Expertise with photography and media is a plus.