Junior takes part in Holocaust Memorial internship

A Seton Hall student has been chosen to participate in the Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, located in Lower Manhattan.

Junior Emily Lake, a history major participating in a dual degree program for a Masters in Museum Professions, will join fifteen other student interns this semester.

The students will learn how to teach twentieth century Jewish history and the Holocaust to students between the ages of 12 and 18, according to a press release.

“The Museum looks at Jewish culture before, during, and after the holocaust,” Lake said. “It gives a more comprehensive view of Jewish life and culture during the 20th century.

The Lipper Internship program is the Museums oldest intern program, going into its 27 semester this fall, having educated 48,000 students throughout the northeast.

“Holocaust education is important, students can learn important lessons from this period of time so that history is not repeated” Lake said.

Lake said she wants to work in an education department or curatorial tact of a museum after she graduates.

“This internship is great exposure for me,” Lake said.

The internship is open to graduate and undergrad students, particularly students who are interested in and dedicated to Holocaust education. The application process includes essays and an interview with the Museums Education staff.

After being accepted into the Lipper Internship program, interns had a ten day training session in which they learned the curriculum that they would be teaching..

Bestsy Aldredge, the museum’s Public Relations manager, said that interns will get to work closely with teachers on preparing their students.

“Interns help guide the students on their journey to understanding this vital chapter oh history, which is a powerful experience for both the interns and the students.

Lake said she is most excited to have the opportunity to work in a classroom setting and for the chance to work with children and teenagers.

“It develops great public speaking skills and leadership abilities, because I’ll actually be teaching children and teenagers about a pretty hefty topic, so I think those skills can apply to any job I might want,” Lake said.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust opened in 1997, and welcomes visitors from around the world. The Museum offers award winning special exhibitions and a wide range of public programs

Jessica Formichella can be reached at jessica.formichella@student.shu.edu

Author: Staff Writer

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