VABAMU Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Kistler-Ritso Estonia Foundation)
Host Organization: VABAMU Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Kistler-Ritso Estonia Foundation)
Organization Profile: VABAMU is a museum in Tallinn city centre that depicts the 20th century history of Estonia, as well as the current day independence. The museum's mission is to educate the people of Estonia and its visitors about the recent past, prompting a sense of the fragility of freedom as well as advocating for justice and the rule of law. VABAMU hosts the permanent exhibition Freedom Without Borders, the exhibition about occupation, resistance, freedom, and recovery, as well as temporary exhibitions.
VABAMU has around 20 employees and reaches out into three branches: the museums Vabamu and KGB Prison Cells, the youth learning platform NoVa and its international collaboration unit Global Conversations.
Internship Format: In-person
Project description: The intern will join the project of creating a virtual exhibition on the Stanford Spotlight platform. Vabamu’s first Spotlight exhibition The Aim is Freedom: A History of Occupations and Independence in Estonia introduces the highlights of Vabamu’s collections: https://exhibits.stanford.edu/vabamu
In summer 2023, Vabamu is preparing the Spotlight version of the 2022 temporary exhibition on the history of Estonia’s e-state, Why Estonia? The 30-year Journey from USSR to e-Estonia: https://vabamu.ee/what-s-on/events/why-estonia-30-years-from-the-ussr-to-e-estonia-exhibition
The project consists of digitizing items, creating metadata for the items in the exhibition, and designing a structure for the exhibition on the Spotlight platform.
The intern will also assist Vabamu team in daily museum activities.
Number of Opening(s): 2
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June
28 –August 20, 2022): *The company would like to start July 3 to August 27, 2023
Work Attire: Casual
Local Language: Estonian and Russian
Additional desired intern qualification: Punctuality, accountability, able to manage own working time, can work independently as well as in a team, and creativity.
- The applicant for this position can apply to all positions in Estonia, Belgium, and Latvia.
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