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Employment Opportunities at Staten Island Museum
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Volunteer Opportunities at Staten Island Museum
The Staten Island Museum is one of NYC's oldest cultural organizations. Focusing on local history, art, and science, the Museum presents 3-4 exhibitions annually, publishes the scholarly publication "Proceedings," and hosts thousands of visitors each year, many of which are school students who participate in curriculum based programming. The History Archives & Library is home to 55,000 photographs, 6,600 postcards, 15,000 books, over 3,000 maps and atlas', thousands of feet of microfilmed newspapers, and more! All formats pertain to the history of Staten Island and its people. Research opportunities are available!
All Internships are unpaid positions. Ask about receiving school credit for internships:
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Renée Bushelle, 718.483.7134.
All Internships are unpaid positions. Ask about receiving school credit for internships.
The Art Department is scheduled to present four exhibits at the museum this school year. The Art Collection consists of American and European decorative art including glass, porcelain and sterling silver; a collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and drawings; 19th and 20th century textiles and costumes. In addition, we have an extensive collection of Roman and Greek artifacts currently on loan to the College of Staten Island. Interns will work with the Curator of Art, and will have the opportunity to inventory and catalogue a variety of objects and assist in exhibition projects. Art History and Museum Studies majors are preferred but not required.
The Education Department presently focuses on three areas: school day programs for children; weekend, after school & summer programs for children; and public programs for adults. The Education Department Intern would organize the adult programming which includes gallery programs, art history classes and lectures, science-related classes and lectures, a reading club, genealogy workshops, natural history classes and field trips and arts and crafts classes. Specifically, the Education Intern would be responsible for the early stages of planning for next years' Annual Fence Show, ordering books and registering participants in the Reading Club, and managing the reservations and preparing participant materials for the Ferry Tours.
Staten Island Museum presents six to nine exhibitions annually. The Student Intern selected to assist the Exhibition Director, will help install and take down Staten Island Museum's Art, History and Natural Science exhibits. The Exhibition Intern will also assist in office tasks that support the preparation of exhibition installments, cataloguing and inventorying holdings, accessioning and deaccessioning artwork, and arranging conservation treatments for collection objects. Museum Studies majors are encouraged but not required.
History Archives & Library
The History, Archives & Library Intern proposed assignments include cataloguing historical documents and artifacts and assisting researchers. Under the direction of Patricia Salmon, Curator of History, the Student Intern would also assist in managing the History Department's sections of Staten Island Museum's new website and research help, develop and install Historical Exhibitions on and off location. History and Library Science Majors are encouraged but not required.
Natural Science Department
The Science Department Intern, under the direction of Ed Johnson, Staten Island Museum's Curator of Science, would help maintain the larger Science Collection including the Marine Invertebrate, Conchology, Geology, Archeology, Ornithology, Entomology, Zoology Collections and the Herbarium. A prerequisite of at least one biology or botany college course is recommended.
The Development Office is responsible for raising over $1.2 million in contributions and government grants. With direction from the Vice President of Development of this small department the intern has the opportunity to get hand-on experience in Individual Giving and Membership, Corporate and Foundation Giving, Sponsorships, Planned Giving, and Government Grants. In addition, the Development Office handles Staten Island Museum's General Public Relations and Marketing initiatives. Tasks range from database administration to prospect research, proposal writing, newsletter editing, and writing of press releases. Excellent writing skills are desirable. Business Majors are encouraged, but not required.