Museum Education Department Internship

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Smithtown Historical Society
239 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY
Posted: May 12 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid (College Credit Required)

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Description

The Smithtown Historical Society is seeking an intern for their Education Department for the summer or fall semester.

About Us:
Located on Long Island, the Smithtown Historical Society is committed to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of Long Island’s heritage for the education and enjoyment of the public. Through research, education, conservation, and community activities, we seek to strengthen the ties to our rich heritage. Founded in 1955, the Society is chartered by the Board of Regents to preserve historic sites, structures and materials and to provide programs, which will promote interest in history and research. Merger with the Smithtown Branch Preservation Association in 1982 enlarged both scope and membership. We count on the support of all who share our concerns for the preservation of the past.

About the Education Department:
Responding to the need for a greater understanding of Long Island history, the Society has developed outstanding educational programs for elementary school children designed to complement New York State Curriculum requirements. Our twenty-acre site and historic buildings afford students the opportunity to learn about Farm Life in Early America, experience an 18th Century Innkeeper’s Day, or visit the home of a prominent Smithtown judge in 19th Century Long Island. The education staff leads programs both in the historic homes on the Society’s grounds and in schools through our outreach program. An annual Civil War encampment, offered in conjunction with Long Island Civil War reenactors, gives students an immersive experience into what life was like during the harsh conditions of war. Themed programs offered during school breaks, summer vacation (Portals to the Past), and weekends (Super Saturdays), offer young people a chance to make history of their own through cooking, crafts, dance, books, games, and various other hands-on experiences.

Our Education Department is seeking an intern to assist with the daily operations for the Department. The candidate should be a Junior or Senior, with an interest in Elementary Education, Museum Education, Museum Administration, History, or Fine Arts.

Responsibilities

Internship responsibilities include:

- Assisting with youth and family events, public programs, and youth programs

- Booking programs and following up with school confirmations

- Preparing mailings to schools and members

- Organizing volunteers for events

- Development of a program from inception to evaluation

- Other administrative duties among the offices of the historical society

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to education@smithtownhistorical.org

Requirements

Requirements include a willingness to learn about informal educational techniques, program development, and curriculum standards, as well as being a team player, and having good attention to detail.

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