National Constitution Center -- Museum Theater Project Intern
Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.
In March 2019, the National Constitution Center will open the first permanent exhibit and gallery devoted to the constitutional legacy of the Civil War. To complement the exhibit, the Center will create a 20-30 minute independent theatrical piece which will premiere in late June/ early July 2019. This original theater piece will illuminate the exhibit’s content and enrich the experience of both exhibit and general-museum visitors. The exhibit will be organized into three chronological sections: Building to Crisis, The Civil War, and Reconstruction. The theater piece will focus specifically on Reconstruction and the passage of the 14th Amendment —how it came to be, it’s meaning, and its impact. The piece will explore the history of slavery from the drafting of the Constitution through the Antebellum era, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, illuminating themes of freedom, equality, and citizenship that remain relevant today. The piece will also develop new ways to teach with primary sources and to incorporate primary sources into theater. A huge part of the second phase of this theatre project, which will begin in July/August once the piece is open, is the creation of online education components (including lesson plans, video clips, audio elements, partner resources and other educational materials) which will be utilized to make the onsite work of the theatre piece accessible to classrooms nationwide, allowing educators to have resources for engaging their students with the work right in their own rooms.
As their project, the Museum Theatre Project Intern will work with the National Constitution Center’s Theatre Programs while working cross departmentally with the Web Development, Marketing and Education Departments to plan and create the beginning /pilot of a center webpage to host these materials, which will be generated during the development and run of the theatre piece (running summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020). While the intern will not actually be coding the webpage (they will work from templates already created by our Web Developer), they will create a preliminary webpage design and identify what should be included as these elements alongside outside vendors and key internal stakeholders. Specifically the intern will:
Research similar online program sites that showcase Museum Theatre
Work with the Theatre Programs Department to outline what elements (video, audio, etc.) from the theatre piece will go on the website
Work with the Education Department to identify which educational components (lesson plans on relevant topics, specific materials created to support the piece itself, etc.) might go on the webpage
Work with the project’s Documentarian to identify and curate video and photographical documentation of the artistic process and the finished theatre piece which will be uploaded to the webpage
Work with the Web Development team to ensure that the designed webpage can support the materials above as they continue to be generated
Work with the Marketing Department to learn common practices and assist with online marketing strategies designed for theatrical programming in a museum setting, with the intention of advertising both the theatre piece and online engagement; additionally, work with the Marketing Department to make plans for social media advertisements
Research and develop a proposal for evaluation of the website and tracking it’s use and meet with the Community Advisory Board liaison to collect feedback on the initial concepts
Research strategies, ideas, and pricing, learn to create budgets, and keep track of costs – the Reconstruction theatre project is generously sponsored by the PEW Foundation for Arts & Heritage, so detailed tracking is essential for project reports
The Museum Theater Project Intern will need the following skills:
Strong writing skills
Strong interpretive editing skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong research skills
Basic video editing skills
Comfortable being proactive
Comfortable working independently and in groups
Proficient in using both Apple/Mac and PC computers
Interest in education (preferred)
Interest in American history (preferred)
Background in music or visual arts a plus
Prior theatrical experience a plus
Prior museum experience a plus
This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.
BEFORE APPLYING, VERIFY YOU:
1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Philadelphia, or live in Philadelphia.
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here.
1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form.
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once.
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