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Office/Bureau Description: 

Museum Education provides visitors with programming opportunities that bring the NYS Museum's vast resources to life. We offer School and Public Programs. The Youth Services Division is responsible for community outreach to the underserved communities in low-income neighborhoods that surround the Empire State Plaza. Our two award-winning afterschool programs have been serving the academic, social and emotional needs of 8,000 children and teens for 30 years. The Museum Club is an educational enrichment program for 8-13 yr old children. We help students with homework, provide tutoring and mentoring, a reading incentive program and interactive learning activities in and around the State Museum. The Discovery Squad teen program serves underserved adolescents, between the ages of 14-18. Teens receive a stipend to work within Youth Services and act as mentors to the younger students. The teens receive academic and emotional/social support, tutoring, mentoring, college preparation, assistance with college applications and financial aid forms. They develop strong work skills through on-site training and by creating and implementing programs. When possible, Discovery Squad teens also work with professional mentors within the Museum's many research and collections departments or educational programming sites. These urban students seldom see the world beyond their own neighborhoods. The Museum's youth programs are designed to encourage students to enjoy learning and to explore career possibilities, while helping them to develop the tools and confidence needed to succeed in college and beyond.

Intern's Supervisor: 

Stephanie Miller, Director of Youth Services

The Assignment (Description of Job): 
  1. We need two college students who can provide elementary school children with tutoring, homework assistance, reading support and mentoring, as needed. Children are required to complete their homework and if assistance is needed, the tutors are available to help, check their work and coordinate with the Program Director who works with teachers and parents to orchestrate academic and social/emotional learning. Museum Club kids are expected to read for 20-30 minutes and complete reading reports to support their work. Tutors make reading fun through creative strategies such as dramatic reading, reward systems and celebrating each child's success. Many after-school children are just learning English and need extra help, so fun, interactive techniques provide the children with confidence and as well as academic support. Tutors schedule additional time with kids who need extra support (adding or subtracting, multiplication tables, fractions, science fair projects or concepts, social studies assignments, etc.) Interns will also be responsible for attendance, safety, tracking grades and speaking with parents/guardians who come to pick up their children at 5pm. Staff work throughout the year to create a safe, friendly environment and foster a culture of respect so that kids feel comfortable talking about their daily challenges and learn to be supportive and respectful of other people's stresses. Tutors must be bright, energetic, friendly and willing to engage kids in fun discussions as well as indoor games and outdoor activities as the weather permits.
  2. It is critical that we have find an intern with significant experience working with young people to serve as Assistant Youth Director (AYD). The AYD will work and train directly with the Museum's Youth Director and be able to help cover the various needs that arise within the program throughout the afternoon. Our youth programs incorporate a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to learning and behavioral development. The AYD will learn to assist staff, children, teens and families, alongside the Youth Director. Children and teens often need time to talk and process things going on in their lives that may present barriers to effective learning. Informal counseling and coaching are critical to establishing a productive, healthy learning environment. The AYD is integral to modeling behavior and providing encouragement and support throughout the day in the homework area and on the floor of the Museum, as well as with the teens who work within the after-school programs. The AYD assists the teens by holding bi-weekly meetings with each teen to check on academic and social/emotional issues, coordinates tutoring and assists in the college preparatory process (searching for schools, filling out applications and financial aid forms, writing college essays, etc.) Working together with the Director, the AYD will learn to use a team approach to teach teens coping skills and help them learn to use these tools as issues arise at home, school, within the program or within their personal lives. Helping under-served teens reach higher education goals is a critical part of this internship.
Intern Development Plan : 

College interns will be under the direct supervision of the Director of Youth Services. Museum educators engage in hands-on, object-based learning strategies that encourage active student participation. The after-school programs are holistic and informal by design. Children should feel safe, respected, challenged and encouraged to be comfortable with who they are as they learn to express themselves in the unique, educational environment of a natural history museum. Interns learn how to challenge and engage children in the process of learning, researching and via the utilization of hands-on, inquiry-based techniques to connect them to school work and/or educational activities. Interns and the after-school children meet professionals such scientists, researchers, curators, historians, exhibit design staff and others during "behind-the-scenes" visits to collection storage areas and laboratories. Interns who are interested in Education, Museum Studies, Urban Education, Africana Studies, Pyschology and Educational Psychology, etc., will gain valuable skills and experience for future studies or careers.

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to   Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-27) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 
New York State Museum
Kathryn Weller, Director of Museum Education
Number of Interns Requested: 
3 Students
Fall 2017