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Summer Fellowships at the Martha's Vineyard Museum

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May 26, 2020
August 28, 2020
February 14, 2020
The education fellow will be awarded a $2,000 stipend. The advancement and marketing/special events fellows will each be awarded $4,000 stipends.
The education fellow is part time requiring at least 20 hours per week. The advancement and marketing/special events fellows are full time requiring 40 hours per week.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has had a summer internship program, in place since 1993. In 2013, the internship program was dedicated to Sheldon Hackney, former president of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton, and former MVM Board Chairman. Sheldon staunchly advocated for educational opportunities, community development, and the importance of history his entire life. Shortly before his death in 2013, Sheldon was awarded the Martha’s Vineyard Medal where he shared, “My commitment to the Vineyard grows out of its character of being very diverse. Yet there’s a strong commitment to the health and happiness of each community. As I am a historian, you won’t be surprised by my belief that the understanding of one’s community increase one’s commitment to it. It is up to each of us to use our understanding of who we are and what our community is to build a society of which we can all be proud. That is why this Museum is so important to this community. We don’t need to behave like our predecessors, but we need to understand who we are, so we can become who we want to be. History is about the future.”

In 2020, the MVM will offer three fellowship opportunities for the summer program. Fellowships are available in the marketing/events, advancement, and education departments. Fellows enjoy a variety of museum experiences, including being involved with programs, special events, kids activities, interaction with visitors, and working with a professional staff. Schedules are to be arranged with individual fellows and departments, and each department has their own requirements. These fellowships offer a stipend for the summer, which is based on the number of hours the fellow is expected to work. With the experience gained at the MVM, many of the previous fellows have gone on to careers in the fields of library science, historic preservation, public history, non-profit management, and museum studies. Energetic, self-motivated, flexible individuals who are independent, creative, and willing to be team players will best fit these positions.

DUTIES AND DURATION OF THE FELLOWSHIP

Along with the tasks assigned by their supervisor, fellows will be asked to participate in several organizational events and perform a number of organizational duties.

  • Attend all fellow meetings and training sessions.
  • Assist Museum staff in the Evening of Discovery (June 27, 2020).

Fellowships will commence on May 26, 2020. All fellows are asked to work as late into August as possible (with possible preference given to those who are able to work until Labor Day).

HOUSING

Housing is provided for Sheldon Hackney fellows in a residential house located directly behind the Museum. A $1,000 security deposit is required before fellows can occupy the house, but will be returned upon inspection at the end of the summer. The house is within walking distance to public transit (bus) as well as the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal (ferry).

QUALIFICATIONS

A strong interest in museums, non-profits, education, or archives is necessary. A high degree of responsibility and the ability to work professionally with the public are essential. Excellent organizational skills are necessary. Experience with Microsoft Office is required. Each of the three fellowships requires the fellow to have the capacity to work independently.

FELLOW DESCRIPTIONS

Marketing and Special Events Fellowship

This fellow will assist in the development of marketing materials and support promotion for the Museum’s summer events and programs. The candidate will participate in the planning, execution, and follow up of the various events held throughout the summer including fundraising galas, donor events, musical performances, exhibit openings, lectures, author talks, etc. Organization and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once is a must. The candidate must possess excellent verbal communications skills and be comfortable in social situations. Good writing skills are also necessary and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus. Flexible hours with the ability to work evenings required. Sense of humor necessary.

The marketing and events fellowship is a full-time fellowship requiring 40 hours per week. Due to the flexibility needed in scheduling, they will be awarded a $4,000 stipend.

Advancement Fellowship

This fellow will work closely with the Advancement Team and gain valuable knowledge of all aspects of non-profit fundraising. As a key team player, the intern will:

  • Research prospects and draft solicitation materials for local businesses and key constituents
  • Analyze our Membership Program and make recommendations for future improvements
  • Assist with planning and logistics for fundraising and friend-raising events
  • Enter donations into online database, generating thank you letters – while also editing and cleaning up donor profiles
  • Other assistance and general office support, as needed
  • Candidates must be both collaborative and willing to work independently, optimistic, detail-oriented and highly organized. Excellent communication and analytic skills are vital to this role.

The advancement fellowship is full-time requiring 40 hours per week, with some nights and weekends required. This fellowship will be awarded a $4,000 stipend.

Education Fellowship

This energetic fellow will work closely with museum educators to help design and deliver programs for school-aged children, their families, and teachers. In June, projects will include teaching museum education curriculum in schools and at the Museum with special emphasis on end-of-year projects. In July and August, the fellow will help supervise student groups and children’s activities at the Museum. Photo documentation and helping to develop metrics (qualitative and quantitative) as well as materials management, will be an important component of a successful pilot. Experience and interest in working with children is a must, as are excellent people skills when communicating with parents and caregivers. Organization in a fast paced environment is critical. The fellow should be a creative problem solver and be very comfortable with arts, crafts, and age appropriate design. Leadership experience with classroom management is a plus.

The education fellowship is part-time requiring at least 20 hours per week. This fellowship will be awarded a $2,000 stipend.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has had a summer internship program, in place since 1993. In 2013, the internship program was dedicated to Sheldon Hackney, former president of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University, Chair of the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Paid

Benefits

Housing is provided for all three fellows in a house behind the Museum.

Housing is provided for all three fellows in a house behind the Museum.

How to Apply

To be considered for a summer fellowship, you must submit a complete application package to the MVM by February 14, 2020.

A completed application package includes:

  • Martha’s Vineyard Museum Fellow Information Sheet
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • A One Page Writing Sample. This can be any writing done for a college class, job, internship, etc. You do not need to create a new writing sample for the purpose of this application/internship.

Upon receiving the application packet, MVM staff will send an email acknowledgement. A telephone interview will be necessary for the finalists. To obtain a Fellow Information Sheet, simply download and print it here. Please email the completed application packet to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Internship Committee, or mail it to:

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Attn: Internships

151 Lagoon Pond Road

Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

To be considered for a summer fellowship, you must submit a complete application package to the MVM by February 14, 2020.

A completed application package includes:

Location

151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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