Fellowships and Internships
Communications Intern: Fall/Winter 2018
The Queens Museum is looking for a capable and enthusiastic individual to assist the Communications department. Over the course of this internship, the Museum will be working on the Summer exhibition and preparing for exhibitions in the Fall in addition to many more educational and public events. The internship will run alongside the summer and academic season of the year. Institutionally, our goal is to increase our capacity to build public awareness of our programs and initiatives through media campaigns and engaging content creation.
The Communications Intern will provide a variety of creative and administrative assistance to the Communications department. These responsibilities include:
Essential Job Functions:
Support the design of print and digital media, and any additional collateral from concept to completion
Manage multiple projects with varying timelines
Monitor daily news and flag stories relevant to the Queens Museum
Conduct media research; assist with media outreach; archive contacts and coverage
Assemble press lists; assist with social media; and draft press materials
Communications, communications design, graphic design, or public relations major or minor is preferred.
Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and basic Adobe Premiere Pro.
Well-versed using Web platforms, Web CMS, social media outlets, and excellent digital media skills
Previous experience interning in a media relations position would be helpful.
Strong communications skills – both verbal and written – are important.
A strong interest in learning how to create engaging materials to generate interest in Museum initiatives.
Candidates must be able to work at least 2 days a week.
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must be enrolled in college and provide the museum with documentation of credits received in exchange for the internship opportunity.
The Communications Intern will report to the Communications Coordinator and regularly interface with the Director of Communications.
How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, portfolio, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editorial Intern: Winter 2018/Spring 2019
The Queens Museum is looking for a capable and enthusiastic individual to assist the Communications department with reviewing and editing website content. Over the course of this internship, the Museum will be assisting with clean up of archival content as well as editing content pertaining to the Spring & Fall 2019 exhibitions in addition to education and public programs. The internship will run alongside the Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. The Editorial Intern will report to the Director of Communications.
The Editorial Intern will provide a variety of creative and administrative assistance to the Communications department. These responsibilities include:
Essential Job Functions:
Edit all website content submitted for department approval
Review website content for grammatical errors and inconsistency of language
Flag and fix poorly formatted pages and propose text edits to make language accessible
Copy editing and proofreading in-house content
Pitch, research and write original content to generate interest in Museum initiatives
Hone editorial voice and brainstorm content ideas for digital platforms
Currently enrolled in a graduate program
A demonstrated interest in arts communication, marketing and/or PR
Excellent grasp of grammar and style
Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills; online writing experience preferred.
Proficient in WordPress
Ability to perform basic functions within Adobe Creative Suite.
Effective organizational skills for managing multiple tasks at once
Candidates must be able to work at least 2 days a week. This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must be enrolled in college and provide the museum with documentation of credits received in exchange for the internship opportunity.
How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, writing sample, and resume to: HR@queensmuseum.org and email@example.com
The Queens Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Registrar Intern: Spring 2019
The Registrar Intern will be expected to assist the Registrar/Archives Manager with all aspects of coordinating reception and preparation of objects for the Museum’s upcoming exhibition cycle, and of managing the permanent collection, as well as other tasks as required. The commitment is from January – May 2019, two days per week, with some flexibility.
About the Queens Museum and Upcoming Projects
The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.
Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, a major group exhibition of contemporary visual art organized as part of The Getty Museum’s LA/LA initiative at the University of California Riverside, and significantly reconfigured for Queens Museum and other institutional partners in New York. A wide-ranging survey exhibition, it brings together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. In the works featured in the exhibition, most created in the last two decades, artists employ the imagery of science fiction to suggest diverse modes of existence and represent “alienating” ways of being in the world.
QM-Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition: Alexandria Smith (b. 1981, Bronx, NY) is developing an exhibition that will take the history of the African American community in Flushing as a departure point, particularly the stories behind the A.M.E. Church and The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground. She will conduct research on the Bunn family, whose names appear on the only marked gravestones at this burial ground site. The untold history of the women of the Bunn family will be intertwined with the artist’s own autobiographical details to explore identity, hybridity, and historicity. The resulting collage installation will include sculptures, works on paper, and canvas.
QM’s Fall 2019 season of exhibitions will include a group exhibition examining the intertwined relationship between artists’ lives and real estate; The Art of Rube Goldberg which explores the legendary career of one of the most celebrated and influential cartoonists of all time; the New York presentation of Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign traveling from the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and a QM-Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition by American Artist, whose interdisciplinary work extends dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life.
The Queens Museum is currently initiating a new software program for collections and temporary loan management. This software will allow us to create a more robust record of our collection of World’s Fair related items and fine art, and to digitize our exhibition history since the Museum’s founding in 1972. This project is ongoing.
Cataloging and photography of documents, books, and objects
Processing and tracking incoming and outgoing loans to other museums and institutions
Processing incoming and outgoing receipts
Surveying the condition of objects throughout the run of the exhibitions
Processing donations to the museum’s permanent collection
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational and archival skills
Attention to detail and ability to be flexible
Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft office software
Knowledge of archival principles and practices or experience handling museum objects that are fragile and irreplaceable
Experience working in an archive, library, historical society, gallery, or museum
Experience assisting in artifact care and maintenance or manuscript collection care in a museum, gallery, archives or library setting.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
A current student in Museum Studies or Library Science to apply internship towards their degree
How to Apply: To apply for this position, send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org, HR@queensmuseum.org, and email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on October 1, 2018