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A travelling exhibition for Clayborn Temple, an important site connected to the civil rights movement and a National Treasure preservation project of the National Trust, was designed to include the topics below. We are looking for assistance to research, edit and assist in developing exhibition panels and a guidebook covering:
- The history of Clayborn Temple, a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places located in Memphis, Tennessee
- An overview of the African American experience in the 1960s in Memphis
- The Civil Rights movement, as told through Clayborn Temple, including Dr. King’s visit and the Sanitation Workers’ Strike
- Connections to the present
National Trust internships are temporary experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.
For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately 6/7 to 7/30, for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most National Trust staff and interns will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through August 2021). Internships for 2021 will be performed remotely.
- Research specific elements of Clayborn Temple, the Sanitation Strike and Memphis Civil Rights history
- Assist in revising existing exhibition language based on research
- Assist in creation of guidebook based on exhibition language and additional research
- Photo and image research as needed
- Coordinate with graphic designers on layout and design of guidebook
- Coordinate with Clayborn Reborn partners
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s organization-wide internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.
Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Curation and Exhibition Design
- Civil Rights history research
- Project management
At the end of the project the intern will have helped produce the copy for the exhibition and the guidebook, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.
- Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
- Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with other software a plus.
- Ability work effectively in a remote environment, maintaining productivity and communications to meet deadlines and goals, is required.
- Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies in history, museum studies, public history, historic preservation, or African American history is required.