School Programs Intern (Unpaid)
Field Forward stipends are available. To learn more, please visit: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships.
Company Overview: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a musical genre and culture central to the identity of the city, the state, and the nation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum proudly combines subject expertise, ambitious research, and preservation of an unparalleled collection with expressions of creativity in music, art, and history. The Museum collects artifacts that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music and provides diverse learning opportunities through educational programs, publications, and exhibitions. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its evolution as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to contemporary and emerging artists in American Currents. The Museum owns Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop opened in 1879, and it operates Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and many others recorded.
Departmental Overview: Charged with the mission of educating varied audiences about country music, the Education and Community Engagement Department develops programs and resources that illuminate the stories, themes, and music explored in the Museum’s galleries. Serving nearly 100,000 people per year through 1,100 programs, the department supports students of all ages, from school groups and families who engage in hands-on learning activities to general Museum guests who experience performance presentations during their visit. A creative and curious team, staff is composed of traditional and nontraditional educators, including classroom teachers, visual artists, historians, Museum educators, and professional musicians. Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum educators share a passion for country music, popular culture, and lifelong learning and regularly collaborate to develop and implement dynamic educational offerings commensurate with one of the most-visited history museums in America.
Internship Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers internships that advance the educational goals of the student as well as the Museum’s mission. Internships are designed for a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks with consideration given to individual university requirements. Additional adjustments to the 12-week, 20-hour schedule will be at the discretion of the internship supervisor. Educational programs which operate on a quarterly basis will be accommodated. Motivated students who are seeking hands-on experiences in a team-oriented environment will find excellent opportunities at the Museum.
School Programs provide dynamic, interdisciplinary learning experiences that support curriculum standards in core subject areas for preK to 12th grade. The School Programs intern will receive hands-on training from museum educators and will interact directly with student and teacher audiences who visit the museum to participate in activities that align to iSTEAM, College and Career Readiness, ELA, Social Studies, Social and Emotional Learning, and/or fine arts curriculum. The intern will also assist with program delivery and facilitation; support program preparations; take on administrative tasks; help with evaluation and assessment; attend team meetings; and research and brainstorm ways to support future programming.
Specific Internship Duties Include:
- Assist the School Programs manager in daily activities
- Facilitate student experiences in the Museum galleries and classrooms
- Set specific, personal goals and work with the School Programs manager to achieve them
- Develop and practice interdepartmental communication skills and general professionalism
- Perform administrative tasks as needed
- Currently enrolled, credit-seeking, and/or degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student
- Interest in experiential/museum education, music/American history, and youth-focused program development, with course work in a related field
- Experience or course work in education, history, and/or the fine arts
- Knowledge of country music
Key Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- Experience working with children and/or teaching
- Ability to multitask and solve problems
- Upbeat and energetic
Conditions of Internship:
- 20 hours per week, flexible within M-F/8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT
- Lift 25 lbs. or less
Note to Applicant:
- Please upload a resume and cover letter when applying for this position.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The Museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The Museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
- We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification, including federally mandated E-verify processes, as required for position.
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- Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships for further details about the application process, including important deadlines.
- Applications are only accepted online on our career page: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Employment.