Host Organization: The Museum of Occupations and Freedom VABAMU / SA Kistler Ritso Eesti
Organization Profile: The Museum of Occupations and Freedom VABAMU is a private institution founded in 1998 with the aim to collect, process, study and present the history of the occupations of Estonia 1939–1991, as well as the resistance movement and the return of independent statehood. The Museum was founded with the support of a private donation from Olga Kistler-Ritso, a woman who fled Estonia during the II World War and built her life in the United States. The mission of the museum is to value Estonia’s language and culture, the sacrifices and efforts undertaken in the name of its independence and to raise interest, awareness and the attention of the youth toward the civil society in order to prevent history repeating itself.
The Museum of Occupations and Freedom is serving up to 40 000 visitors per year and has two branches: Vabamu, hosting the permanent exhibition “Freedom Without Borders” and a number of temporary exhibitions, and the KGB Prison Cells. There are 18 staff members and about 3-5 interns working on various projects at the museum.
Internship Format: Virtual/Remote or In-person (pending Stanford, host country, and host organization travel policies)
Internship Department: Exhibitions/Programs
Department Profile: Exhibition and Programming departments focus on the collection and exhibition activities, including:
- Temporary exhibitions
- Programs (Tourists: youth and adults)
- Collection policy and activities
@ Assistance with temporary exhibitions
- Public program for the exhibition “Why Estonia? The 30-year Journey from the USSR to e-Estonia” (2022)
- Archive work and exhibition design for the exhibition “Estonia’s women’s movements” (2023)
@ Working with Youth
- Holding workshops in essay writing (including analysis of texts possibly related to Vabamu topics, facilitating the reciprocal analysis of students’ essays by the students themselves etc.) for high school students
- Participating in summer camps for younger students (possibly 7-15 years old)
- Helping in preparation of communication materials in English
- Guided tours in English at our exhibitions (both the Vabamu main exhibition and KGB cells)
@ Work in Collections
- Working with artefacts in our collections (digitalizing, wrapping, sorting etc.). Possibly working with our digital repository register ENTU.
- Assisting museum’s audience outreach
- Managing museum’s social media platforms and communicating events
*Some tasks might not be available for a virtual internship.
Number of Opening(s): 2
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June
28 –August 20, 2022): Full time / Five days a week
Work Attire: Casual
Local Language: Estonian
Additional desired intern qualification: Independency, creativity, time-management, goal-orientation.
- The applicant for this position can apply to all positions in Estonia, Belgium, and Latvia.
- The applicant must currently be an enrolled undergraduate at Stanford and in good standing.
- The applicant cannot have his/her undergraduate degree conferred before the completion of this internship.
- Seniors who will be returning to coterm for all of next year are eligible to apply.
- Global Studies minors in European Studies will receive preference.
- For summer 2022, proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel, with no exceptions. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.
- Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking airfare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
- Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
- Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.
- International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or abroad in the summer.
- Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the quarter prior to the internship.
- To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.
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