The Jewish Museum’s internship program was established more than 20 years ago, according to Toni Skiba, Senior Manager of Human Resources. The program offers hands-on experience that gives undergraduates, graduate students, and beginning professionals the opportunity to understand the day-to-day operations of one of New York City’s leading museums of art and culture.
In its early years, the internship program had around ten participants on average. This summer, the program welcomed 18 interns who worked in a variety of departments, from Curatorial and Graphic Design to Marketing and Education. “There is no ideal intern, per se [but] certainly an individual with a strong interest in art, museum studies, and having an affinity for the Jewish Museum’s mission is a plus,” Skiba said.
As the Digital Marketing Intern, my tasks included writing social media posts, writing for the blog, and compiling research reports. My experience taught me valuable lessons about marketing and how to use digital media in a professional setting. I was able to work closely with my coworkers and I felt like a valued member of the team. Many other interns had similar positive experiences to mine.
“In past summer internships, I spent a lot of time scanning, delivering mail, getting coffee, and answering phones, but this summer, I feel like I made a contribution to the Jewish Museum,” said Curatorial Intern Elizabeth Kandel. “It is exciting to work in a place where I feel respected and valued as an intern,” she added.
The Museum’s internship program introduces interns to the inner-workings of the Jewish Museum, as well as the New York City art world through guided excursions to local cultural institutions.
The summer 2016 interns visited a wide range of museums and galleries, ranging from the Park Avenue Armory to the New Museum to the New York Botanical Gardens. Each visit was led by a professional tour guide who prompted stimulating conversations among the interns. “Interning at the Jewish Museum has been such an amazing learning experience. The program was really well-organized and we got to visit so many wonderful institutions around the city,” said Curatorial Intern Sophia Inkeles.
The interns also gained a wider knowledge of the Jewish Museum beyond their departments. Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, held an intimate Q&A session with the interns during the first week.
In conjunction with exhibitions on view this summer, interns took a guided tour of Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History. After, they were invited to a discussion with representatives from each department in the Museum who offered behind-the-scenes insight into the process of making an exhibition become a reality.
Applications for fall internships across a variety of departments are due on Friday, August 12.
Learn more about how to apply at thejewishmuseum.org/internships.
— Gabby Brooks, Digital Marketing Intern