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contracted educator- school programs

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. The Education Department offers a variety of programs and Contracted Educators are needed for a new K-12 Design Outreach program from January- June 2017.

K-12 Design Outreach Program is a three session partnership with NYC schools. A partnership includes a pre-visit in the classroom, a museum visit, and post-visit in the classroom with a workshop component led by the same Design Educator. During the museum visit students will engage in an inquiry conversation about world class exhibition objects and explore the design process using the museum’s cutting-edge Pen and interactive gallery table technology. During the classroom visits, students will participate in hands-on design activities with ample time to complete prototypes.

The Contracted Educator is expected to support the museum’s vision, and display punctuality and clear communication skills.  Ideal candidates have experience with art and design education and meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience delivering programs for school audiences, especially in New York City.
  • Experience with successfully implementing museum-school partnerships.
  • Direct experience working with students grades K-12 of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Understanding of current NYC & NYS educational standards and 21st-century learning skills.
  • BA/BS minimum, MA degree in Education, Art and/or Design preferred. Candidates working toward an advanced degree are welcomed.

Reports to: School Programs Manager

Work Schedule: part-time contractor, weekdays. Must be available to teach a minimum of 2 partnerships (6 days) per month.

Payment: $450 per partnership (includes travel and preparation) and $25 per hour for training. The first training will be scheduled for late fall to prepare for a January 2017 program launch.

To apply: Please attach to your email a cover letter and resume as one document to Kimberly Cisneros-Gill, School Program Manager at by Monday, November 7, 2016.

Peter A. Krueger Summer Internships

The Peter A. Krueger Summer Internship Program offers college students the opportunity to gain professional skills and learn about museum practices at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States that is exclusively devoted to historic and contemporary design. Interns will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop an enriched understanding of how the museum fulfills its mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design. During the summer, interns collaborate with staff on specific projects and gain experience in the daily operation of their selected department(s). Krueger interns come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and there are many cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to pursue an interest in design with their major study of education, computer science, digital media, art history, studio art, or the sciences. In addition to their professional activities, interns attend meetings, lectures, and public programs at Cooper Hewitt and travel outside the museum to meet and connect with individuals and organizations that are integral to design and the arts of New York City.

Duration: 10 weeks, 40 hours/week

June 12, 2017-August 18, 2017

Stipend: $2,500

Applications Due: March 3, 2017

Applications are accepted from currently enrolled undergraduate students and recent undergraduate graduates. Graduate students are not be eligible.

To apply, create an account and complete the application on Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).

Required application materials: resume, cover letter, short essay, two references, and transcript

Interns will be selected according to demonstrated interest, applicable skill, and relevant experience. In your application, please select two departments of interest. Please refer to the list of Department Descriptions to make your selection.