Apollo Theater Foundation Oral History Internship


October 2009 ¡V April 2010
Apollo Theater Oral History Project at P.S. 154

The Apollo Theater Oral History Project at P.S. 154 is a partnership entering its third year which integrates oral history into the school¡¦s existing curriculum. It includes two 17 ¡V 21 week residencies with 4th and 5th grade classes. A primary goal of the project is to develop and increase students¡¦ knowledge of the correlations between Harlem¡¦s history, Black culture, and the Apollo Theater.

The project is intergenerational and provides students with an opportunity to learn about the history and events of the 20th century from individuals who experienced it firsthand. After learning the techniques of oral history interviewing and the process of collecting and organizing information, students conduct their own interviews with elders from the Harlem community based around relevant historical questions. Information collected from the interviews as well as from other resources is then used to create interdisciplinary projects using writing, theater, music and visual arts.

Working with the Apollo¡¦s Education Department, arts-in-education professionals, and teachers and students at P.S. 154, the intern will:
ƒ{ Assist in the ongoing development, implementation and expansion of the project including planning, assessment and documentation;
ƒ{ Oversee transcription and organization of recorded interviews.
ƒ{ Assist with organizing meetings, special events and workshops;
ƒ{ Support teaching artists with classroom and project management;
ƒ{ Responsible for note taking at meetings and Professional Development workshops.
ƒ{ Assist in expanding the Oral History Program to include Middle and High Schools.

This internship provides an opportunity to learn about oral history interviewing, research and archiving, use of digital recording technology, interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and arts and humanities education. Internship applicants must commit at least two days per week to the project, preferably Mondays and Thursdays, beginning October 2009 through April 2010.

The ideal candidate is considering a career in the arts or humanities, and is seeking an opportunity to work on educational program planning, implementation and assessment. Applicants with coursework in history, education, and/or the arts, will be highly considered for this position.

– Masters or Doctoral degree candidate at an accredited college / university.
– Must have familiarity with collecting and documenting oral histories.
– Experience working with digital audio, video and/or still camera highly desirable.
– Must be able to transcribe and digitize collected oral histories.
– Experience working in a primary or secondary school setting.
– Interest in interdisciplinary education involving the arts and ELA and/or social studies.
– Have the ability to focus, organize and work independently in a fast paced environment.

P.S. 154, The Harriet Tubman Learning Center is part of the NYC Department of Education. The school is located on West 127th St. in Harlem.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you are interested in this internship, please e-mail your resume and cover letter,
by September 15, 2009 to:
Include job title in subject line. No phone calls please.
Only candidates who fully meet the qualifications will be contacted.
Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc – EOE

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


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