Thursday, June 23, 2011

High School Interns Get Ready for A Challenging Summer

This blog comes from Keika, who manages our department’s high school interns with patience and good cheer.

Last night, the Museum of Jewish Heritage welcomed a new class of 14 high school apprentices from public schools throughout the five boroughs. This graduation was the culminating event after four months of bi-weekly seminars, where the apprentices learned about Jewish heritage and the Holocaust. Starting in July, these apprentices will embark on a six-week journey where they will work in a variety of Museum departments, learn about the inner workings of a museum, and gain valuable work experience.

Many proud parents, family members, and staff members were in attendance, and the evening was filled with inspiring remarks, including those of high school apprentices—past and present.

When asked about her heritage, Reyna Schaechter, a 2011 apprentice, recalled that she had difficulty at first figuring out what her heritage was exactly, but she realized that after meeting such a diverse group of peers, that "[o]nly in New York, could a group of 14 bright teens gather twice a month to discuss heritage. Only in New York could this group of teens include Muslims, Christians, Jews and Buddhists, to name a few.”

William Chen, a 2010 apprentice, gave some words of wisdom to the incoming class, “Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities around you. Be involved in everything and step out of your comfort zone.” He urged that, “What you put into something is what you will get back.” Thank you, William, for these valuable lessons.

As one of the mentors of the high school apprenticeship program, I couldn’t be more proud of this group. Welcome to the Museum family and good luck this summer.

Photo: Reyna Schaechter. Photo by Melanie Einzig.

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