The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 seeks an energetic and organized intern to play a key supporting role on curatorial projects during a transformative period. BLDG 92 is a unique exhibition and visitor center and the public gateway to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Through exhibitions, tours, and cultural and education programs, BLDG 92 celebrates the past, present and future of the Yard. Building on its service as the nation’s premiere naval industrial facility for 165 years, the Yard is now home to the greatest concentration of manufacturing and green businesses in New York City. BLDG 92 captures this extraordinary legacy in a 7,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibit and shines a spotlight on the Yard today in a new gallery, Yard Work, opening in early 2017. In addition to programming at BLDG 92, this internship position will support on Yard-wide creative place making and public art initiatives.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard (the Yard) is a mission-driven industrial park that is a nationally acclaimed model of the viability and positive impact of modern, urban industrial development. Now home to over 330 businesses employing seven thousand people, the Yard is in the midst of its largest expansion in generations that will increase employment to 16 thousand New Yorkers.The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) is the not-for-profit corporation that serves as the real estate developer and property manager of the Yard on behalf of its owner, the City of New York. BNYDC constantly strives to provide an environment in which businesses and careers can take root and grow. BNYDC’s mission is to fuel New York City’s economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the City’s modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard.
Develops and maintains content lists for exhibitions (elements chart, images, dimensions, cataloguing system), and assists Executive Director to develop a database of tenant work
Supports ongoing communication with designers & fabricators and/or between designers and exhibitors/tenants/artists (ex.’s – managing Dropbox or shared images for graphics, answers color/dimension/weight questions) and assists with installation
Participates in site visits to Yard tenants
Writes label text
Assists with incoming and outgoing object loans for exhibits. Coordinates with Archives department for transport or storage of object donations resulting from exhibitions
Participates in graphics review
Participates and assists in developing related public programming.
Creates content (blog posts, tweets) for exhibition promotion
Creates exhibitions content for website CMS, making images and content more dynamic
Develops written interpretive materials related to exhibits to be used for Visitor Services staff trainings, internal BNYDC communications, funding/grants and promotions
Conducts research for new exhibitions and special projects
Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to museum studies, arts administration, public history & archives, exhibition design or related field
Previous work and/or internship experience in a curatorial capacity
Strong communication and organizational skills
Strong writing skills. Selected applicants will be required to submit a writing sample including exhibition-related content
Ability to work independently; and ability to work occasional evenings or weekends
Previous visitor services or customer service experience in a museum setting preferred
Demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator)
Physically capable of standing for extended periods of time. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
$15/hour (20 hours per week)
Submit resume, cover letter and a curatorial or museum-experience based writing sample to HRBldg92@BrooklynNavyYard.orgPreferred formats include an exhibit label or interpretive text, an exhibit review, a short narrative piece about a museum or cultural experience, or museum-based writing for the web or a blog.