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    • Fellowships and Internships

    • Public Relations Intern

      The Queens Museum is looking for a capable and enthusiastic individual to join the Communications department this Spring. Over the course of this internship, the Museum will be working on the Spring exhibitions, Summer programs, and preparing for exhibitions in the Fall in addition to several educational and public events. The internship will run alongside the spring and summer 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 Public Relations Intern will provide a variety of administrative assistance to the Communications department. These responsibilities include:

      Essential Job Functions:
      Monitor daily news and flag stories relevant to the Queens Museum
      Prepare media reports on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis
      Maintain media coverage archive
      Assemble media kits and fact sheets for exhibitions
      Assist communications team at press previews
      Prepare event listings for exhibition openings and public programs; pitch to listings editors
      Organize and manage media database
      Use Muck Rack platform and web research to develop new media targets, and build existing media lists tailored to the Museum’s multifaceted program calendar
      Use analytics tools to prepare monthly social media reports
      Create flyers to promote education programs

      Requirements:
      A PR, marketing, or communications major is preferred
      Previous experience interning in a PR position is preferred
      Strong verbal and written communications skills
      Strong organizational skills
      Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
      Experience using social media outlets and developing digital content
      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 resume to vyoma@queensmuseum.org.

      Exhibition Production and Installation Fellow

      The Curatorial Department of the Queens Museum (QM) announces the 2019 diversity fellowship for cultural producers from minority backgrounds or recent immigrant origin. This fellowship is focused on exhibition production and installation.

      About the Fellowship
      This year-long fellowship will provide in-depth experience in the planning, design, production, and maintenance of museum exhibitions. The fellow will work under the supervision of the Exhibition Production Manager and closely with the curators, exhibiting artists, and museum staff. The Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for those who have recently completed college or graduate work in art- and/or museum-related fields to acquire dynamic museum experience. Fellows will be involved in the day to day tasks, as well as overall departmental goals. Additionally, Fellows will regularly interact with and learn from other key staff from our curatorial, education, and community engagement departments. Ongoing evaluation and assessment will take place at regular departmental and individual meetings that foster self-evaluation and peer reflection.

      About the 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. In November 2013, the Queens Museum completed an expansion that doubled its size to 105,000 square feet. This light-filled new space, designed by Grimshaw Architects, exemplifies the Museum’s commitment to openness, inclusion, community partnership and the diverse communities of New York City.

      Spring 2019
      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.

      Alexandria Smith’s exhibition, Monuments to an Effigy, takes the history of the A.M.E. Church and The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground as a departure point for a new collage, sculpture, and sound installation. Smith will continue her ongoing exploration of narrative, memory, and myth through the lens of the Black female form and psyche. At Queens Museum, Smith’s practice of abstracting and deconstructing images of the body responds to the untold narrative of the Bunn family, whose male family names appear on the only remaining gravestones at the Flushing Burial Ground, but whose female voices have been historically silenced.

      Fall 2019
      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.

      Primary Responsibilities will be centered around both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions including (but not limited to) the following:
      Work in collaboration with the curatorial department in the design exhibitions
      Install and de-install artworks and other exhibition components
      Prepare artworks for display (including matting, framing, mounting, etc.)
      Install and set up gallery lighting
      Check and maintain condition and lighting of artwork on display
      Design and produce exhibition graphics
      Maintain and purchase hardware, tools, and other exhibition materials

      Preferred Skills, Experience, and Strengths
      An ability to be detail-oriented, self-starting, and problem-solving
      Basic knowledge of power and hand tools
      Basic knowledge of art-handling practices and installation techniques
      Experience with video production and installation methods, including projection
      Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign), Sketchup or equivalent design software useful for exhibition layout development
      A driver’s license, ability to lift 25 lbs, and not be afraid of heights
      Residence in Queens is a benefit, but not a requirement
      A second language is a benefit, but not a requirement

      Schedule and Compensation
      This is a paid, part-time (3 days a week) with benefits position for a 1-year commitment.

      To apply
      Please email a cover letter and resume to: slucas@queensmuseum.org and HR@queensmuseum.org. Only applications that have both a cover letter and resume will be reviewed. References and portfolio upon request.

      Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis starting on February 20th. The position will start in March 2019.

      Registrar Intern: Summer 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 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.

      Spring/Summer 2019
      Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americasa 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.

      Fall/Winter 2019
      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.

      Collections Management
      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.

      Responsibilities include:
      Condition reporting
      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
      Coordinating shipments
      Surveying the condition of objects throughout the run of the exhibitions
      Processing donations to the museum’s permanent collection

      Qualifications:
      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
      This is an unpaid internship.  Candidates must currently be enrolled as a 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: lweinberg@queensmuseum.org, HR@queensmuseum.org, and slucas@queensmuseum.orgApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on March 10, 2019  

      Editorial Intern: Spring/Summer 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 Spring/Summer 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

      Qualifications:
      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 vyoma@queensmuseum.org

      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.

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