Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Celebrating 15 Years of College Interns

This blog comes from Emily, our marketing coordinator, who is a proud graduate of our Lipper Internship Program. 

On Sunday, October 27, a hundred of my fellow “Lippers” and I gathered for the first ever Lipper Alumni Reunion. Lipper is a name affectionately used when referring to college interns here at the Museum who completed the rigorous Lipper internship program. Over the course of a semester, Lippers, who are paid interns, are trained to lead tours of the core exhibition and give classroom lessons on the Holocaust to middle and high school students.

 The Lipper internship was undoubtedly a formative experience in my college career. It was both inspiring and empowering to have the opportunity to teach students about a subject that matters so much to me. Besides providing this invaluable teaching experience, the program was also remarkable in the way that it fostered close bonds between participants. Throughout the course of the internship, we not only learned important lessons from the survivors and lecturers who spoke to us, but also from one another. The Lipper internship is a deep and unique experience that we all share, and yet, coming from a diverse range of universities and backgrounds, it is a challenge to stay in touch once the program is over.

 The reunion was the perfect setting for us not only to reconnect with the individuals in our intern class, but to meet those who participated in the program before and after us. It was great to catch up and hear about what everyone had gone on to do after college. Many of the people in my group pursued careers in fields closely related to the internship such as teaching, museum work, and Jewish community engagement. We were also privileged to hear from Museum Director Dr. David Marwell, Dr. Evelyn Lipper who represented our supporters at the EGL Charitable Foundation, and Ivy Barsky, former deputy director of the Museum, who worked tirelessly to bring the program to fruition.  Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg, who shared her testimony with many of us during training, also spoke about the importance of Holocaust education. We learned that collectively, we have taught 65,000 public school students throughout the Tri-state area.

 It was truly a meaningful experience to be back at the Museum together and one that I’m sure we will all remember for a long time. For more information about the internship, click here (http://www.mjhnyc.org/LipperInternship_2012.pdf)

This program is made possible by the EGL Charitable Foundation with support from the
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah
Research, Documentation and Education.

Photo of Emily (second from left) with fellow Lippers. Photo by Caroline Earp.

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