The Dorothy Sucher Memorial Internship is
awarded annually to an outstanding college-level or graduate student interested
in supporting the work of the Greenbelt Museum. The internship was established
in 2012 by Dr. Joseph Sucher to commemorate the life and work of Dorothy Sucher,
who initiated the founding of the Greenbelt Museum with a letter to the editor
of the Greenbelt News Review in 1972.
“Greenbelt,” she wrote, “was built during the Great Depression as an expression
of the philosophy behind the New Deal. What better place could be found in
which to create a museum devoted to that significant period in our nation’s
history?” Mrs. Sucher went on to become one of the Museum’s founders and to
serve on its Board of Directors. She was also a psychotherapist, an author, and
a reporter for the Greenbelt News Review,
through which she was involved in a landmark Supreme Court case that defended
the freedom of the press.
The Dorothy Sucher Memorial Internship is to
be completed at the Greenbelt Museum, located at 10B Crescent Road in
Greenbelt, Maryland, and at the Museum staff office in the Greenbelt Community
Center at 15 Crescent Road. It will further the mission of the Museum, which is
to serve as a community museum that provides gateways to the New Deal history
and living legacy of Greenbelt, Maryland and to inspire residents, students and
visitors to explore this planned cooperative community. Through this generous
gift from Dr. Sucher, the Dorothy Sucher Memorial Intern will receive a stipend
of $1,000. For more information about the Dorothy Sucher Memorial Internship,
contact the Greenbelt Museum at 301-507-6582 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Dorothy Sucher Memorial Intern will assist
the Museum Director and the Education/Volunteer Coordinator with the planning
and execution of educational programs, collections care and cataloging,
maintenance of the historic house, performing historical research, and
administrative tasks such as responding to inquiries, maintaining membership
records, and other duties as assigned. While clerical work is part of the
position, there will be opportunities for creative thinking and substantive
contributions to the work of the Museum.
The ideal candidate should have an interest in
one or more of these areas: 20th century American history, the New Deal, the
Great Depression, World War II, housing history, architecture, planning, and
decorative arts and design. S/he must be a currently enrolled college or
graduate student, and must be able to meet the physical demands of the position,
which may include scaling stairs while carrying collections objects, climbing a
stepladder, and sitting and standing for long periods of time.
The Dorothy Sucher Memorial Intern will be
professional, organized, motivated, and have strong writing and communication
skills. Adeptness at multitasking is a must, as is the ability to work
independently. Knowledge of 20th century American history and museum
experience are helpful but not required.
The Dorothy Sucher Memorial Intern will
receive a stipend of $1,000, which will be disbursed in two installments. The
first payment of $500 will be made after the Intern has completed 80 hours of
work, and the second payment will be made after the 160 internship hours have
been completed. Once the Intern is selected, s/he and the Museum Director will
agree upon an internship schedule.
How to Apply
Completed applications must be submitted by July 15. The following materials are required:
A completed internship application
A one-page personal statement
describing your reasons for seeking an internship at the Greenbelt Museum and
what you hope to gain from the experience
Résumé detailing your experience,
career interests, and internship goals
Contact information for two references
Applicants will be notified of the Museum’s
decision by August 16.
Submit completed application by mail or e-mail by July 15 to:
Megan Searing Young, Curator/Director of
PO Box 1025
Greenbelt, MD 20768