Summer 2021 Internships

Poster House seeks qualified interns to assist with a variety of projects this summer at the museum. 

Poster House is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the global history and design of posters. From early color lithographs of the late 1800s to today’s protest posters, Poster House presents exhibitions, educational programs, and public events that investigate the history and design of this ephemeral medium that speaks to broad audiences. The museum opened to the public in June 2019, and since that time has hosted shows on Alphonse Mucha, experimental digital designers Cyan, hand-painted movie posters from Ghana, the 2017 Women’s March, 100 years of Chinese posters, and mid-century Swiss design.

At this time, all Poster House internships for Summer 2021 will be virtual. The only exception will be the Collection Intern, who should be NYC-based as they will be onsite at the museum one day week as agreed upon with the Collections Manager and Director of Operations. 

We are pleased to share the following PAID internship opportunities:

Teen Programs Internship

This intern will be assisting the Education Department, with the research and development of Poster House’s upcoming teen programming for the 2021–2022 academic year.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

This intern will be assisting the Education department with: 

  • Researching current teen program offerings at other museums 
  • Evaluating the pilot high school programming 
  • Developing a proposal for the Fall 2021 teen programming slate 
  • Administrative support, as needed. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Any applicant for this position should be interested in:

  • A career in museum education, arts education, arts administration, art history, or a related field.
  • Program planning and/or event planning

Applicants should have experience in and/or the interest to learn: 

  • Skills in research analysis and data collection 
  • Evaluation for museum education 
  • Technological skills (Poster House uses Apple computers, G Suite, Asana, and other software to make our dreams a reality!) 

All Poster House interns are supervised by the Education Programs Manager. They will be introduced to the Poster House team within the first week as they will be closely interacting with many, if not all of our team members in some capacity. All Poster House interns also participate in a collaborative project to design the Fall slate of the College Night series program. They will receive a Poster House email, access to the Poster House communication platforms, and will be encouraged to check in with the Education Programs Manager regularly throughout the internship, at intervals that work best for the team and the intern.

Poster House is a new and growing institution. We are a collaborative team and it is immediately reflected in our work culture. Interns will be invited to any All Staff meetings, departmental meetings, DEI trainings, or staff professional development and encouraged to contribute. 

Collections Internship

This intern will be assisting the Collections Manager, in the organization and cataloging of Poster House’s various collections. The intern may be required to work offsite at the museum’s conservation studio located in Long Island City. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

This intern will be working with the Collections Manager on projects such as: 

  • Identifying and applying for grants for the preservation, or digitization of our collection
  • Assisting in editing the collection’s mission and handbook for collections of Poster House
  • Learning to assess the condition of objects in our collection and fill out condition reports
  • Cleaning up metadata of individual database entries 
  • Assisting the Collections Manager with prepping for photoshoots

QUALIFICATIONS

Any applicant for this position should be interested in:

  • A career in museums, art history, history, or a related field.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Collection management, material culture, and accepted standards and practices for storage and handling of objects
  • Current practices and innovations in museum collections management 

Applicants should have experience in and/or the interest to learn: 

  • Technological skills (Poster House uses Apple computers, G Suite, Asana, and other software to make our dreams a reality!) and experience with collection management databases
  • Familiarity with collection management database systems; knowledge of TMS collections management system preferred
  • Being well-organized, methodical, able to work independently and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to organize and prioritize duties

All Poster House interns are supervised by the Education Programs Manager and mentored by the aforementioned departments. They will be introduced to the Poster House team within the first week as they will be closely interacting with many, if not all of our team members in some capacity. All Poster House interns also participate in a collaborative project to design the Fall slate of the College Night series program. They will receive a Poster House email, access to the Poster House communication platforms, and will be encouraged to check in with the Education Programs Manager regularly throughout the internship, at intervals that work best for the team and the intern.

Poster House is a new and growing institution. We are a collaborative team and it is immediately reflected in our work culture. Interns will be invited to any All Staff meetings, departmental meetings, DEI trainings, or staff professional development and encouraged to contribute.

Corporate Membership Internship

This intern will be working with the Marketing Manager and Museum Director to learn about earned income at non-profits, with a particular focus on Corporate Memberships and how to market them to potential members.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

This intern will be working collaboratively with the Marketing Manager and Museum Director as the museum begins to finalize and roll out its formal corporate membership program. This intern will be assisting in:

  • Conduct research on prospective companies for corporate memberships, and comparative research of corporate offerings at similar organizations. 
  • Synthesize research findings to find alignments between Poster House and any prospective member organization.
  • Develop a general pitch to a company or a series of companies for corporate memberships.
  • Develop an exhibition-specific pitch for an upcoming Poster House exhibition for corporate sponsorship.
  • Develop recommendations for a program/workshop that would be included with the Corporate Membership package targeting Human Resource development (example: the Viacom workshop)

QUALIFICATIONS 

Any applicant for this position should be interested in and/or have a passion for:

  • A career in development, membership, fundraising, marketing, copywriting, or a related field 
  • Detail-heavy work 
  • Creative marketing strategies 
  • Nonprofit fundraising 

Applicants should have experience in and/or the interest to learn: 

  • Skills in research analysis and data collection
  • Copyediting 
  • Technological skills (Poster House uses Apple computers, G Suite, Asana, and other software to make our dreams a reality!) 
  • Social media platforms 

All Poster House interns are supervised by the Education Programs Manager and mentored by the aforementioned departments. They will be introduced to the Poster House team within the first week as they will be closely interacting with many, if not all of our team members in some capacity. All Poster House interns also participate in a collaborative project to design the Fall slate of the College Night series program. They will receive a Poster House email, access to the Poster House communication platforms, and will be encouraged to check in with the Education Programs Manager regularly throughout the internship, at intervals that work best for the team and the intern.

Poster House is a new and growing institution. We are a collaborative team and it is immediately reflected in our work culture. Interns will be invited to any All Staff meetings, departmental meetings, DEI trainings, or staff professional development and encouraged to contribute. 

Pitch Your Own Design Internship

We want you to pitch us your dream design internship. That’s right. We want you to tell us a project that you would like to design over a summer at Poster House. Applicants should conceive and pitch us their dream Design internship with the following in mind:

  • Must fit within the constraints of the internship program—the pitched internship must run on a Monday to Thursday schedule (10am–5pm), from Monday, June 7 to Thursday, August 12, with flexibility in scheduling for up to 28 hours a week.
  • Must be able to complete largely independently—we are here to support and guide your vision, but this is your opportunity to shine! 
  • Must be realistic—we would love to put posters on Mars too but it’s not something we can do within the summer timeline. 
  • Must be something beneficial and mission-driven for Poster House—you can read more about Poster House’s history and mission at posterhouse.org/about.

Those are our big asks! Now you tell us…what is it you’d like to do? When submitting your pitch, please consider and include the following information:

  • Skills, knowledge, and talents you are bringing to Poster House—what are you bringing to the table? Tell us what makes you a great fit for us.
  • Skills, knowledge, and talents you hope to learn at Poster House—Internships are first and foremost, a learning experience. What do you think this experience would allow you to learn at the museum?
  • A project you are hoping to do or implement during your internship—Dreaming of creating an amazing multilingual introduction to posters for our website? Thinking of designing a cool student membership tote bag? Tell us about any design projects you are dreaming of—we want to make sure your hard work happens! 
  • Proposed timelines for your internship pitch—How long do you think it’ll take you to make your dreams a reality? Let us know!
  • Materials and resources you’d need access to—Need access to more than a computer? Let us know what you’d need to make your dream projects happen. 

Our PYO Design Intern, if selected, will be required to develop an agenda for their internship and participate in weekly check-ins with the Education Programs Manager. 

All Poster House interns are supervised by the Education Programs Manager and mentored by the aforementioned departments. They will be introduced to the Poster House team within the first week as they will be closely interacting with many, if not all of our team members in some capacity. All Poster House interns also participate in a collaborative project to design the Fall slate of the College Night series program. They will receive a Poster House email, access to the Poster House communication platforms, and will be encouraged to check in with the Education Programs Manager regularly throughout the internship, at intervals that work best for the team and the intern. 

Poster House is a new and growing institution. We are a collaborative team and it is immediately reflected in our work culture. Interns will be invited to any All Staff meetings, departmental meetings, DEI trainings, or staff professional development and encouraged to contribute. 

Compensation

Interns will be paid $15/hr USD. 

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, at this time, Poster House is unable to sponsor visas or host international interns without prior work authorization.

International Applicants

Poster House recommends that you consult with your school’s international student office and the U.S. embassy in your home country to determine which visa or work permits will allow you to participate in this internship. Please be aware that obtaining a visa is usually a lengthy process and can cost upwards of $1,500 USD; it must be completed well in advance of the internship start date.

Although Poster House functions as your host institution, Poster House does not sponsor visas for interns.

  • If you require a visa, you may be eligible to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa program) by going through an outside agency that has been authorized by the State Department to sponsor a J-1 trainee visa. These sponsors are responsible for supporting and monitoring foreign nationals during their exchange programs in the United States.
  • In-school students should be eligible to obtain CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING (CPT)  which is work permission for in-school international students.
    • Prospective interns, contact your International student office for training and recommendations on how to obtain CPT. Obtaining CPT is your responsibility and not the responsibility of the Poster House team.
    • The position that prospective interns apply to should be related to your major(s).
    • Interns have to have an offer to apply for CPT so if you are hired by us, it is your responsibility to obtain CPT prior to your anticipated start date.  
  • Recent college graduates or soon-to-be graduates must have Optional Practical Training (OPT) which allows recent grads to work for 12 months in the U.S.
    • Prospective interns, contact your International student office for training and recommendations on how to obtain OPT.
    • The position that prospective interns apply to should be related to your major.
    • Obtaining OPT is your responsibility. You can apply for OPT without an internship offer. The intern must have a valid OPT or they are sure that they will have a valid OPT by the time the internship starts.
  • International F-1 Students: You must have an existing Social Security Number or plan to live in the US this fall and can obtain a Social Security Number in order to apply for this position. If you do not have a Social Security Number and plan to live outside of the U.S. Fall 2021, you cannot apply for this position.

If an international student or recent graduate receives an invitation to interview for a role, Poster House will also request an estimated timeline for any needed work permit.

Apply

Interested candidates should review and complete the application and attach their resume. Applications are due February 5, 2021. 

At this time, all Poster House internships for Summer 2021 will be virtual. The only exception will be the Collection Intern, who should be NYC-based as they will be onsite at the museum one day week as agreed upon with the Collections Manager and Director of Operations. 

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Contact Us

 All applicants will receive timely status updates. Please do not call or email to inquire about the status of your application. 

If you have any questions, please email the Education Programs Manager, Sierra Van Ryck deGroot at internship@posterhouse.org

 

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