Summer 2022 Internships

Thank you for your interest in a Poster House Summer 2022 internship. Applications were due February 25, 2022 and are now closed.

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.

All Poster House internships for Summer 2022 will be in person.

Schedule: These internships will run on a four day schedule (10 am – 5 pm), from Monday, June 6 to Thursday, August 11, 2022. Please see the specific position for the days expected.

We are pleased to share the following PAID internship opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent grads:

Covid Policy

In accordance with Poster House’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our customers and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 or influenza, that may be reduced by vaccinations. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

Poster House mandates that all staffers who work on site at the museum are vaccinated in an effort to protect the health and safety of both our staff and our visitors. Poster House provides 4 hours of PTO in order to receive the vaccination and can assist in making an appointment, or staffers can make their own appointment online. New employees must have at least 1 dose of the vaccine by their start date with Poster House, and will be required to show proof of vaccination by showing their physical vaccination card, or using the Excelsior Pass or other government sanctioned vaccine app. All vaccine related information will be kept private under HIPAA regulations by Poster House and its employees.

If employees have a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from getting that vaccine, they should request a Reasonable Accommodation Form from the Museum Director, which will be reviewed by the Director as well as HR representatives at ADP. Employees may be required to substantiate their request for exemption with the appropriate documentation. Staff will not be subject to discrimination or retaliation based on their vaccination status.

Those who are unvaccinated will not be able to come to the museum in person without submitting to additional testing, masking, and other precautions including being placed on unpaid leave until further determinations can be made.


Education (Teacher Professional Development) Internship

Reports To

Director of Education

Schedule
Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm

Responsibilities

This intern will be assisting the Education department with planning a Fall teacher professional development program. They will assist the Director of Education with:

  • Researching and developing content for Fall teacher professional development, pulling from Fall 2022 exhibition content and/or themes drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection
  • Working with the Director of Education on developing a curriculum for the program
  • Researching the viability and interest in virtual vs. in-person programming for teachers
  • Researching outreach opportunities for K-12 teachers and broader marketing of the program
  • Collaborating with the Public Programs Manager to put an outreach plan together
  • Assisting with administrative tasks, such as creating a budget, scheduling the program, setting up the run of show, and preparations for an onsite or virtual program

Qualifications

Any applicant for this position should be interested in:

  • A potential career in museum education, teen programming, 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
  • Curriculum development
  • Evaluation for museum education
  • Technological skills (Poster House uses Apple computers, G Suite, Asana, Airtable and other software to make our dreams a reality!)

All Poster House interns are supervised by the Assistant Director of Education. 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. They will receive a Poster House email, access to Poster House communication platforms, and will be encouraged to check in with the Assistant Director of Education regularly throughout the internship, at intervals that work best for the team and the intern.


Security & Operations Internship

Reports To

Operations Department

Schedule
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

Responsibilities

This intern will be assisting the Operations Department with:

  • Verifying Security training & certifications are up-to-date.
  • Finalizing the Poster House Security Manual.
  • Bringing all Poster House personnel into compliance with applicable state and federal guidelines.
  • Assist with formulating policy in regard to museum interactions with local communities in Chelsea/Flatiron.
  • Assist with changes to the COVID-19 Preparedness Protocol to adjust for the latest science & public policy.
  • Expanding upon existing protocols in regard to COVID-19, and bringing us up to date with the latest protective measures to stem transmission events.
  • Reevaluating our existing policies in regard to complying with our Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Collaborating with the Security Department to ensure the visitor experience is maintained at a high level.
  • Administrative support, as needed.
  • Major project: following the reintroduction of rentals, special events, and on site programming, the Security & Operations intern will be tasked with providing suggestions & recommendations, based on experience on site, training and best practices elsewhere, to improve Poster House Security processes regarding out-of standard-hours.
  • Days on site will be standard Tues–Fri, with Thursdays dedicated to overall internship cohort development, with certain weekend days required.

Student Membership Internship

Reports To

Membership Manager

Schedule
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

Responsibilities

The Membership Intern will primarily focus on projects for promoting our Student Membership level, this ties right into encouraging student engagement in the PH x College Program and the museum.

This intern will be assisting the Membership department with building up the student membership program. They will assist the Membership Manager with:

  • Collaborating with various Poster House staff to assess the vitality of the current student membership program
  • Research existing student membership programs in the NYC metropolitan area
  • Propose a model for our student membership program that supports the interests and needs of students in the NYC metropolitan area and aligns with the mission, vision and values of Poster House
  • Learn about and participate in all aspects of our growing Membership Program. This includes Membership management and renewals and getting acquainted with our membership platform.
  • Develop creative ideas and assist in the production of Membership campaigns, for print, online and social media
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of Members-only Events at the Museum

Qualifications

Any applicant for this position should be interested in:

  • A potential career in museum membership, fundraising, and/or development
  • Program planning and/or event planning

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

  • Creative thinking
  • Project Management
  • Customer Service/Visitor Experience
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Evaluation for museum education
  • Technological skills (Poster House uses Apple computers, G Suite, Asana, Airtable, and other software to make our dreams a reality!)

Compensation

Interns will be paid $18/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

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

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

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.


Applications Closed

Interested candidates (undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent grads) should review and complete the application and attach their resume in PDF form.

Applications were due February 25, 2022 and are now closed.

Timeline

  • January 18, 2022: Application Launch Date
  • Feb 25, 2022: Applications closed
  • March 7, 2022: Review Period 1
  • March 21, 2022: Review Period 2
  • Week of April 4, 2022: Interview Period Begins
  • Week of April 18, 2022: Decisions Sent Out
  • Preview the application questions here.

Preview the application questions here.

Non-discrimination Policy

Poster House is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws, in the administration of its employment policy.

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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. Please do not email additional materials that were not requested. They will not be reviewed with your application.

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


Thank You!

Poster House’s Summer 2022 internship program is made possible by Poster House’s Board and Advisory Boards.

Poster House participates in NYC/AIC in support of better internships.

Very special thank you to the following emerging museum professionals who offered insights and advice on the process:

  • Lexi Simmons
  • Becca Merriman-Goldring
  • Laura Green

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