The Tenement Museum will be hiring three (3) paid undergraduate or graduate students for specific projects for the summer 2018 semester.   Our Masters Fellowship program is designed to offer our fellows the opportunity to work on meaningful projects that provide them with real world learning experiences in the area of their focus.  Fellows will also receive a comprehensive overview of museum/nonprofit operations during their time with us.   Fellows will be mentored by museum professionals who will share their knowledge, skills and experience to help them get the most out of their time with us.


Our program lasts 10 weeks and our fellows are expected to commit to 4 days a week.  Our fellows are open to undergraduate and graduate students.  During the course of your fellowship you will participate in brown bag lunches, presentations from department heads and senior leadership, staff meetings and field trips.  At the end of your fellowship you’ll share what you’ve learned by conducting a short presentation to museum staff.


Fellows will receive an hourly rate of $13.00/hour, a 30% discount in our museum shop, 4 complimentary tickets for your friends or family and a Tenement Museum Id that allows access to NYC museum for free.


The following opportunities are available.  Please submit your resume and cover letter via the link to our career portal.   Deadline to apply is April 1st.


Research and Exhibit Development Fellowship


The Curatorial Department seeks a fellow to assist its Curatorial and Education Departments with new research on residents of 97 and 103 Orchard Street, the pair of tenements it today interprets as a museum. This research will be used to augment and improve existing tours and programs, as well as serve as a catalyst for the possible creation of new tours and programs.


The fellow will develop exhibit research and planning skills and be exposed to the multiple facets of museum research, project planning, and exhibition design as s/he works with the Curatorial and Education Departments. Tasks will include conducting in-depth historical research in various archives and libraries throughout New York City, assisting the Curatorial and Education Departments team in planning and executing meetings with scholars and stakeholders, and participating in the process of designing tours and programs for Museum visitors where opportunities allow.


The fellowship is a good fit for students in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Public History or Journalism. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and have knowledge of basic museum practices, solid research skills, an eye for detail, and a passion for practicing history in public. Preference will be given to students with a serious interest in pursuing a museum career.


Collections Fellowship


The Collections Department seeks advanced undergraduate or graduate level candidates in the field of collections management to assist with ongoing cataloging and data entry projects. Current anticipated projects include inventorying, scanning, and cataloging photograph collections, as well as sorting, cataloging, and accessioning backlog collections material. As part of processing the collections backlog it will require the fellow to identify fragments of vernacular material culture as well as floral and fauna remains, and some knowledge of standard nomenclature and descriptive terms will be strongly preferred. Other projects could include rehousing cataloged objects, inventorying storage spaces, reconciling object records and data, and monitoring the conditions of the historic tenement building.


Qualified candidates will have some prior experience or knowledge of collections management practices and object handling procedures, including accessioning and inventorying polices, with a keen eye for detail.  Prior experience using PastPerfect Museum Software (or other museum database programs) is strongly preferred. Candidates with knowledge of material culture or archaeology standards and descriptions for cataloging also encouraged to apply. The fellow must be able to work independently with excellent interpersonal and communication skills utilizing a proactive approach to projects as assigned. The ability to lift 30lbs and sometimes work in non-climate controlled conditions is also a plus. Preference will be given to students enrolled in graduate level museum studies programs (or similar fields), or those with a serious interest in pursuing a career in collections management or museums.


Development Operations Fellowship


The Development Department raises funds from foundation, corporate, government, and individual sources to support the Museum’s annual operating budget.  The department seeks a development operations fellow with an interest in museum studies, fundraising, history, and/or arts administration to:

  • Research prospective foundation, corporate, and individual donors and write research profiles


  • Draft member and donor correspondence



  • Work with the Development Operations Manager to analyze fundraising data and create a year-end fundraising report, using research to compare results against comparable institutions



  • Staff development events as needed



  • Provide general administrative support to the department


The ideal candidate will possess a friendly and positive demeanor, strong writing skills, and the ability to be discreet when working with sensitive information. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel, is preferred.  Fellows will have the opportunity to learn to use Altru, a fundraising and ticketing database, and MailChimp, an email and marketing service.


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