Schomburg Center: Communications and Social Media Pre-Professional
The New York Public Library - Manhattan, NY

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The BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program at the Schomburg Center


The BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program at the Schomburg Center, scheduled to launch in January 2013, will offer paid part-time positions across six unique areas.

The Program aims to help college students cultivate transferrable skills and to provide them with professional experience rooted in a cultural institution. These opportunities are offered in each of three terms per year: spring, summer, and fall. The duration of each position is one term, renewable up to one time. Candidates will receive on-the-job training as well as mentorship opportunities. Each term, candidates will take part in an orientation. In addition, workshops with leaders from the New York Public Library and from the greater New York City community will be held twice per term. Participating students are eligible for college credit, but the conferral of credit is not a Program requirement.


The Schomburg Center is looking for a highly organized, motivated college student to work part-time as a paid Communications and Social Media Pre-Professional. You will learn how to promote public and educational programming, Schomburg collections, publications, and exhibitions by working with the Communications Manager on the Center’s website and social media platforms. Through one-on-one meetings with a mentor/supervisor, you will have opportunities to discuss career goals and receive professional guidance. You will also have access to Library courses and groups dedicated to social media, and you will collaborate with the Public Affairs and Development team to seek out innovative ways to reach new audiences.

This position is available from January 2013 through May 2013, with the option to renew through August 2013.

Reporting to the Editor, the Communications and Social Media Pre-Professional is responsible for a variety of tasks within the Public Affairs and Development Department, including:
Identifying, fact-checking, scheduling, and measuring social media posts
Helping to promote Schomburg public and educational programming, collections, publications, and exhibitions
Fulfilling other related duties as required

Current enrollment in an approved undergraduate degree program at an accredited educational institution
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Demonstrated flexibility and reliability
Successfully demonstrated computer skills
Interest in audience development and engagement

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