Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Josephine Baskin Minow Fellowship for Achievement in American History

The Josephine Baskin Minow Fellowship for Achievement in American History at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) is a competitive award designed for recent college graduates interested in exploring career opportunities in museum education. During the ten-week fellowship. Fellows work alongside CHM education staff to contribute to institutional advancement in research and interpretation of the collections for diverse public audiences.

2014 Minow Fellows will assist in projects that offer teen and youth audiences access to the museum and history through fashion and photography. Assignments will engage fellows in a breadth of activities in designing interpretive experiences. Fellows will:
  • Assist in audience development and relationship- building with advisors and community partners;
  • Contribute to the research and definition of project components that leverages internal resources and external partnerships;
  • Research and secure appropriate program materials necessary to stage and implement a successful experience;
  • Participate in the implementation and coordination of events.
  • Leverage social media for on-going communication with program participants and advisors, and with the general public for program promotion.

Eligibility: Individuals who have completed their undergraduate studies. (preferably in areas such as American, Public, or Urban History, education, or programs in fashion design or photography). Minorities and individuals in a graduate program are encouraged to apply.

Application: Interested candidates must submit the following material:
  • CHM internship application,
  • A short essay (1000 words maximum) on the topic: Can museums play a role in helping people make meaningful, personal connections to history? If so, how do they do that? Why should museums make such connections?
  • Letter of nomination from a current or former professor or employer.
  • Transcript of academic achievement

The Fellowship will last ten weeks and fellows are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week. Fellows who successfully complete their work will receive a $2000 stipend. Please be advised that you must successfully pass a background check to participate in this program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Send application packet to:
D. Lynn McRainey
Chief Education Officer
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

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