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Program Office/Description: 

The New York State Museum's Youth Services division is a nationally recognized program that features two educational, interactive after-school programs for Albany city youth. The Museum Club is for ages 8-13 and specializes in offering homework and academic assistance plus fun, hands-on enrichment activities led by Museum Education staff on the floor of the Museum. Discovery Squad is a work-based mentoring program that serves 14-18 year old urban Albany teens. Teens are paid to assist younger kids as well as save time to work on their own schoolwork, start researching colleges, practice for their Regents and SAT exams, write college essays and help create and conduct programs on the floor of the Museum.

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

We are in need of an Assistant Youth Director (AYD) with youth experience who can help oversee both the Museum Club and Discovery Squad youth programs. The AYD will work and train directly with the Museum's Youth Director and learn to handle the situations and needs that arise each day. Whether there is a child who does not want to do homework or a teen who needs to talk about life issues or is confused about the steps to college, the AYD is there to help staff, volunteers, children, teens and families as needed. Our youth programs incorporate a holistic, multidisciplinary, inclusive approach to learning and social and emotional development. In the event that the Youth Director is unavailable, the AYD will work with Museum staff to seamlessly cover both afternoon youth programs with confidence and experience. The AYD will also be available to spend time with the Discovery Squad teens, helping to provide academic support, college prep assistance and if possible develop programs and/or activities specific to teens. The AYD must have a great rapport with young people, possess a calm, upbeat demeanor, have lots of energy and be organized and able to multi-task on his or her feet.

Pay Rate Dependent on Candidate: Undergraduate Intern $12.50, Graduate Intern $15

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

The Assistant Director will be under the direct supervision and receive training from the Museum’s Youth Services Director who has 30+ years of experience working with urban kids and is the founding director of the programs. Interns may also receive training from Museum staff and veteran Youth Services teens to learn about the programs, the Museum and the needs of the young people and families whom we serve. We explore developmental levels and potential behaviors of the youth and participate in role-playing and scenario-based experiences to cover potential situations that may arise. Learning strategies for each child will be discussed on an ongoing basis and daily concerns regarding children and teens may be explored with the Director between 5:00p.m.- 6:00p.m.

Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

Candidates must demonstrate experience with children and teens. College study, education and training is helpful, but experience with underserved youth and a working understanding of child and adolescent development is most important. We have had graduate students and undergrads who studied Social Welfare, Psychology, Urban Education, Africana and Latinx Studies, Education, Sociology, but we are open to other specialties if the candidate possesses a responsible, engaging personality that encourages kids and teens to want to learn together.


We are looking for someone who is available Monday through Friday from 2:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. for a total of up to 20 hours per week. 

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-F21-7U) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Internship Program: 
NYSED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 
New York State Museum, Education Office – Youth Services

Stephanie Miller

Number of Interns Requested: 
Degree Level: 
Fall 2021
Pay Rate: