National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 East 126th Street, Suite 2D
Dear Prospective Intern:
Thank you for your interest in The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (“NJMH”), where we are dedicated to being the foremost home for jazz in the world. Our vibrant collections, programs and performances stimulate creativity and excitement about the past, present and future of jazz and its artists. NJMH internships offer an unparalleled opportunity to gain in-depth work experience with a not-for-profit organization that is a quickly expanding force for jazz in New York City and the world. As an Intern, you will be assigned short- and long-term projects based on your strengths. Unlike what one might expect from an internship at a large corporation, your contribution as an Intern will be essential to the advancement of the Museum’s mission of preserving, promoting, and presenting jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally. Internships at the Museum are not paid positions.
Every day at the Museum is different. Some days interns will take the lead on major Administrative and Logistics projects related to: Office Management, Development, Marketing, Outreach, and Events Management. Other days interns may be needed most to do the grunt work of data entry, organizing files and electronic data, making bank deposits, running errands (i.e. going to Staples or neighboring stores to purchase office supplies, dropping photographs off for proper mounting, transporting packages to the Postal Office, checking the mail, helping take out the trash, assisting with the set up for a group tour or event, covering the Administrative Office and/or the Visitors Center during lunch periods or simply when another pair of hands is critical to the priorities for the day, etc.
We currently offer three different internship semester opportunities: Spring Semester, Summer Semester, and Fall Semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Museum interns are expected to commit to 15 to 30 hours per week and are highly encouraged to be involved with the Museum's evening programs if their schedule permits. Interns are selected based on academic achievement, experience, and interviews. The best applicants will have exceptional interpersonal skills both on the telephone and in-person and will be individuals who feel as though no task is too small for them to do.