Social Media Fellow – Yale Peabody Museum
Mentor: Chris Renton, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing
The Yale Peabody Museum (YPM) is one of the oldest and largest university natural history museums in the world. The YPM Communications Office was established in 2020 to support and enhance the engagement and outreach efforts of the Museum, including increased social media activity, the development of digital content, and strategic press outreach. The Museum is undergoing its first comprehensive renovation in nearly a century and its public galleries remain closed. With those spaces shuttered, the community’s engagement with our programs and collection takes place primarily on our digital platforms.
The Spring 2022 Social Media Fellow will support all aspects of the Museum’s social media efforts. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: working with the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing to uncover ways to connect the Yale and New Haven communities with the ongoing renovation, creating dynamic content, and developing new initiatives while assisting in the execution of existing ones. Those initiatives will take place on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and include #FossilFriday, staff profiles, ‘Peabody in the News’, and renovation updates. The Social Media Fellow may also support social media-based marketing activities on behalf of our Public Programs, Development, and Student Programs departments.
We seek a Fellow who is keenly interested in natural history and/or the museum field, willing to spend time in the Museum’s collections, has personal and/or professional experience with social media platforms, and interested in using social media as a tool to expand and connect with the Museum’s audiences. No previous experience in museums or marketing is required, but passion for and curiosity about the natural world and social media is encouraged. Top candidates will be highly organized, demonstrate confidence in communication and interpersonal interactions, and have prior experience coordinating initiatives. The Fellow will be expected to write/edit content and work both on-site and from home as part of a team in which clear and timely communication is essential, and the time-dependent nature of much of the work will offer opportunities to develop organizational and time management skills.
- September 6, 2021- September 24, 2021: Weekly GPE Info Sessions
- September 26, 2021: Applications deadline (11:59pm ET). Please submit a resume and a cover letter customized to this fellowship
- November 19, 2021: Interview and award notification to selected fellows
- December 13, 2021 – January 14, 2022: New fellows onboarding
- January 18, 2022: Suggested fellowship start date
Note- Positions with limited applicants may have deadlines extended by 3 weeks to October 17, 2021.
- Eligibility: Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale doctoral students in years 1-6* of their studies during the fellowship.
- Term: Fellows work at a Yale host organization under the guidance of the host mentor for 5-7 hours per week over the course of 13-15 weeks during the 2022 Spring Term
- Stipend: Fellows will receive $1,500 for Spring 2022 fellowships.
- Please note: The GPE Fellowship does not count towards the fulfillment of your teaching requirement. For more information on teaching requirements, please see the GSAS website.
* 7th-year students with COVID-related funding extensions from GSAS are eligible to apply.