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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 children, ages 8-13 and specializes in offering homework and academic assistance, plus fun, hands-on enrichment activities led by Museum Education Staff. 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 create and conduct programs for the Museum Club kids on the floor of the Museum. 

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

We are seeking two college students who can provide elementary school children with daily homework assistance, help them build good study habits and offer tutoring, reading assistance and mentoring as needed.

Tutors set up the homework area each day, including sign-in sheets and snacks and then turn their attention to homework, helping kids improve their study and organizational skills and tutoring as needed (multiplication tables, vocabulary and writing skills, etc.) The tutors also work with teen staff to oversee the reading incentive program which includes reading with children who need the most help with literacy skills. Many of our children are one or two years behind in math and/or reading and we often have a number of children families who are in the process of learning English. The tutors provide an informal, positive environment that offers more one-to-one attention for children who struggle in school. During down-time and on Fridays when the kids have little or no homework, the tutors plan activities for the children that might include cooperative outdoor games in nice weather or indoor activities such as scavenger hunts in the Museum for inclement weather days. The kids love to engage in fun activities with our high school employees, college interns and volunteers. Candidates must have experience with elementary-level children and be energetic, engaging, friendly and patient.

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

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

Tutors will be under the direct supervision and 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 additional training from Museum Education 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 behaviors of individual students and participate in role-playing and scenario-based experiences to cover potential situations that may arise. Learning strategies for each child are discussed on an ongoing basis and daily concerns regarding children and teens are 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 kids 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, Early Childhood Education, 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. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


We are looking for interns who are available Monday through Friday from 2:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. for a total of up to 20 hours per week. If absolutely necessary, we will consider splitting this position between two interns, but weekdays and after-school hours must be covered each week, with the exception of the designated Albany City School holidays and vacation breaks.

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-F21-8P) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

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

Stephanie Miller, Director of Youth Services

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