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LOCATION: New York City
WEBSITE: mcny.org
YEAR FOUNDED: 1923
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 78 FT, 74 PT

The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.

Education is at the core of the Museum’s mission. Education programs produced by the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center utilize exhibitions and our incomparable collections to make the city’s history compelling and accessible to young people, serving nearly 50,000 students each year, the great majority of whom attend under-resourced public schools.

The Center’s programs address the persistent, city-wide problem of student underachievement in social studies. Our approach to the subject challenges children to build their critical thinking skills: interpreting evidence; connecting new information and prior knowledge; drawing reasoned conclusions; and communicating their conclusions and reasoning clearly. These skills are crucial to children’s success in school, in the workplace, and throughout their lives.

The Center’s programs are continually evaluated utilizing feedback drawn from participating educators and students via evaluation forms, consistently receiving high marks and praise from educators for encouraging student participation and connections between museum and classroom learning.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

The FAO Schwarz Fellow  plays a key role in providing direct service to our students and in building organizational capacity. 

DIRECT SERVICE

The FAO Schwarz Fellow will teach school and summer field trips during weekdays to students in PreK – 12th grade. The Fellow will be trained in techniques of inquiry, visual literacy, hands-on learning, and discussion and observed and evaluated by Center staff.

Assist experienced Museum Educators with school groups for several weeks; thereafter, lead field trips independently.

Participate in ongoing trainings and meetings with Museum staff throughout the school year. 

Work with at least one group of children per workday (including in the summer) ranging in grade levels and learning styles, including groups of all abilities.

PROJECT WORK

The FAO Schwarz Fellow will be responsible for science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) integration in three key program areas—field trips for new and existing exhibitions, out-of-school-time programs, and professional learning opportunities for teachers—allowing the Education Center to expand audiences and student participation in the Museum’s programs. The Fellow will:

 Create and assess new STEAM-focused field trips and then train the Center’s educators to lead them.

Revise curriculum for out-of-school time programs focused on photography to integrate elements of STEAM.

Reshape curriculum to include STEAM and co-lead photography course for teachers that uses the camera to capture their personal relationship to New York City.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship. For more about what we are seeking, please see “What We’re Looking For.” 

Please visit our website and send a resume and a cover letter to fellowships@mcny.org by February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST), expressing your interest in working at the Museum of the City of New York and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. To be considered, please include FAO Schwarz Fellow within the subject line of your email. 

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Please tell us how you learned about this opportunity and about your interest in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. 

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

After carefully reviewing each application, we will interview promising candidates. We will select our Fellow by April 30th. Resumes and cover letters are also shared with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Thanks for your interest.