The Teen Community Service Program grows out of the realization that – as the Museum’s original audience – teenagers are uniquely qualified to serve as role models, mentors and program developers for younger children attending CMEE today. Rather than merely giving young people “busy work” to complete their community service requirements, service learning at the Children’s Museum focuses on experiential education and is student-directed.
The Teen Service Program offers a unique internship experience by merging the needs of the Museum with the interests and passions of teenagers in our community. While interning at the Children’s Museum, students in Grades 8 to 12 are mentored by staff, gain real-world experiences in a variety of employment disciplines, and have the opportunity to serve as role models for younger children. By turning the program over to the teenagers, they can own it, grow it and stay invested in the Children’s Museum.
Currently, the Museum is offering the following opportunities:
ART GALLERY ASSISTANT
Working with the Museum’s Consulting Curator, the Teen Service Intern will help catalog, inventory and install art exhibitions at the Children’s Museum. Since 2017, the Children’s Museum of the East End has partnered with the Elaine Benson Gallery to exhibit work by both local and nationally known artists. In addition to assisting directly with the artwork, the Intern will help create the marketing campaign to promote the exhibitions.
The Teen Service Intern will assist with the daily care and upkeep of all exhibit components and interactives in the Museum. Working with the Museum’s Exhibition and Facilities team, the Intern will help monitor exhibits, identify components in need of updates, and use tools and equipment to make immediate repairs. When necessary, the Intern will research, identify and acquire parts, equipment or external expertise to ensure the exhibits are functioning properly.
Fundraising is the key to successful nonprofit management. Receive an introduction on how it’s done as you help the Museum generate revenue vital for programming and operations. The Teen Service Intern will conduct research on prospective funders, assist with special event planning, and help with donor solicitations and acknowledgments.
IMMIGRANT BOOK CLUB ADVISOR
Assist with the planning and implementation of a summer book club designed specifically for immigrants and the children of immigrants at the Museum. Designed to help promote reading behaviors and prevent the “summer slide,” the Book Club meets weekly in July and August. Working with small groups of three to eight children, the Teen Service Intern will help develop class projects involving art, dance, video and writing that grow out of the books’ themes.
MUSEUM MAP DESIGNER
Interested in graphic design? Use your design skills to help introduce families to what’s available at the Children’s Museum by creating a new map brochure. Research wayfaring materials at other children’s museums, identify creative ways to present the Museum graphically and work with CMEE’s Graphic Design Consultant to create and produce the map.
PHOTOJOURNALISM AT CMEE
Under the direction of the Museum’s Marketing and Education Departments, the Teen Service Intern will curate the “Children of the Museum” Project. Inspired by the “Humans of New York,” the Intern will photograph children and families while they’re visiting the Museum and ask them an unexpected question. The Intern will curate presentations of the photographs and responses, featuring them in the Museum’s e-newsletter, printed brochures and as part of the Museum’s blog.
SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN
Working with the Museum’s Director of Marketing, the Teen Service intern will spearhead three special social media campaigns at the Museum: 1) Creating a digital Scavenger Hunts, Tag-A-Friend Posts and Influencer Initiatives. The Teen Service will develop a social media plan and take primary responsibility for developing digital content.
Do you enjoy working with young children? The Teen Service Intern will have the opportunity to conceptualize, develop and pilot new programming at the Children’s Museum. You’ll gain valuable knowledge of early childhood development, curriculum design, and teaching strategies all in a playful and fun environment.
If you don’t see an internship description that matches your interests and passions, we encourage you to propose a project of your own.