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Exhibition Content Development Internship (Spring 2022)

Ralph Appelbaum Associates
New York, Iowa
Closing date
Nov 13, 2021

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Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the world's largest museum planning and interpretive design firm, is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduate students for Spring 2022. Recent graduates, graduate students, and emerging professionals are also welcome to apply.

Internships are open to interested persons looking to further their academic and/or career goals in museums and cultural institutions and/or related areas. Interns will gain valuable work experience and professional development in a dynamic, collaborative, and creative office environment.
  • Hours: 2-5 days/week or 16-40 hours/week (can accommodate school schedule)
  • Compensation: $20.00/hour

RAA internships can be completed remotely, in our New York studio space, or a combination thereof. All applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of location within the US.

About RAA:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) are planners, designers, and producers of award-winning museums and educational attractions. Founded in 1978, RAA provides comprehensive services to clients with missions in the areas of public education, public-space and institutional design, and the development of new cultural centers and programs. Our portfolio includes approximately 700 completed commissions in 50 countries. Headquartered in New York, with branch offices in London, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, and Dubai, RAA's staff includes designers, architects, historians, educators, media specialists, technologists, and researchers who work in dedicated project teams that are passionate about experiential design and communications.

Past projects include the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Newseum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum all in Washington, D.C.; the Nordic Museum, Seattle, Washington; the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Internship Overview:

The Exhibit Content Development Intern works under the guidance of Content staff (Developers and Coordinators) on museum projects. The Content staff focuses on the content development, organization, and interpretive planning for projects, ranging from developing the institutional vision and interpretive program, to exhibitions and public programming, among other services.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting with exhibition research, organization, and documentation
  • Providing administrative support to RAA staff
  • Working on multiple projects concurrently and meeting project deadlines
  • Participating in regular meetings

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Currently pursuing (or recently completed) a BA or advanced degree in the museum, library, or relevant humanities fields, such as:
    • History, Public History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latinx Studies, Art History, or related fields
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong research and organizational skills
  • Proactive approach to time and task management
  • Strong attention to detail

EEO Statement:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status. We encourage women, minorities, and candidates from other underrepresented communities to apply.

Application Instructions:

The application deadline for the RAA Spring 2022 Internship Program is Friday, October 29.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each applicant. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email regarding our interview process.

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