Student Educator Internship

Applications are due: June 14, 2019

What is a Student Educator?

Museum educators play a vital role in a visitor’s experience. Student educators will begin as an “Ask Me” docent—someone who “floats” around the exhibitions and is available to answer questions and provide additional information to help fill gaps in visitor’s knowledge. Student educators are not expected to be experts in the Holocaust or Oregon history, but are expected to engage visitors during their visit and pass along questions to OJMCHE staff if they do not know an answer. After three months, student educators will be eligible to lead weekend public tours.

Who should apply?

Any Metro-area high school student who will be a Sophomore or Junior for the 2019-2020 school year is eligible to apply. Applicants will be selected based on:

  • Commitment to work with staff, volunteers, and peers to advance the Museum’s mission
  • Passion to learn about and share Holocaust and Oregon history with visitors
  • Possess clear communication skills
  • Comfort approaching people

What is the commitment?

  • Attend 12 hours of training the week of August 12, 2019
  • Commit for an Academic School Year (August 2019-June 2020)
  • A minimum of 4 hours monthly volunteer requirement (either one 4-hour session or two 2-hour sessions on Saturday or Sunday during museum hours)
  • Engage with visitors and other volunteers
  • Organize a tour for up to twenty people from your family and/or community

What is provided by the program?

  • Free admission to Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
  • Snacks at training sessions
  • Community service hours
  • Training and education on the role of museums and educating the public
  • Upon completion of program, student becomes eligible to receive a letter of recommendation for college, trade school, or jobs by a member of the education department.

  • Applications

    Contact your teachers well in advance of the deadline (June 14, 2019) to ensure there is enough time for them to fill out the forms. Also, make sure you find a time to speak to your teacher about the Student Educator Internship Application and why you are applying. A teacher recommendation is required as part of your application.