Apollo Theatre Foundation: Education Internship Opportunity

| July 26, 2010

September 2010 – May 2011 : Apollo Theater Oral History Education Programs


The Apollo Theater Education Program develops school partnerships focused on integrating the arts and humanities with the schools’ existing curricula. A primary objective of the Education Program is to develop and increase students’ knowledge of the correlations between Harlem’s history, Black culture, and the Apollo Theater.

Operating under the Education Program, the Apollo Theater Oral History Project is designed to encourage and develop students’ creative skills in the arts and communication, with a strong emphasis on community, artistic expression and local history.

Two partnerships that exemplify these goals are the Apollo Theater Oral History Project at C.S. 154, which includes two 17 – 21 week residencies with 4th and 5th grade classes, and a new Video Oral History Project with high school students at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts.

Under the supervision of the Apollo’s Manager of School Programs, the Oral History Education Intern will assist with the coordination, management, and expansion of these partnerships.


Working alongside the Apollo’s Education Department, arts-in-education professionals, and teachers and students at New York City schools, the intern’s main responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Assisting in the ongoing development, implementation and expansion of the Oral History Project including planning, assessment and documentation;
  • Overseeing transcription and organization of recorded interviews.
  • Assisting with organizing meetings, special events and workshops;
  • Supporting teaching artists with classroom and project management;
  • Note taking at meetings and professional development workshops;
  • Providing support in expanding the Oral History Project to include new schools.

This internship will provide an opportunity to learn about oral history pedagogy, interviewing, research and archiving, use of digital recording technology, interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and arts and humanities education. Internship applicants must commit at least two days per week to the project, preferably Mondays and Thursdays, beginning September 2010 through May 2011.


The ideal candidate is considering a career in the arts or humanities, and is seeking an opportunity to work on educational program planning, implementation and assessment. Applicants with coursework in history, education, and/or the arts, will be decidedly granted an interview for this position.


  • Working towards a Masters or Doctoral degree at an accredited college / university.
  • Must have familiarity with collecting and documenting oral histories.
  • Experience working with digital audio, video and/or still camera highly desirable.
  • Must be able to transcribe and digitize collected oral histories.
  • Have experience working in a primary or secondary school setting.
  • A keen interest in interdisciplinary education involving the arts and ELA and/or social studies.
  • Have the ability to focus, organize and work independently in a fast-paced environment.

C.S. 154, The Harriet Tubman Learning Center is part of the NYC Department of Education. The school is located on West 127th St. in Harlem. Wadleigh Secondary School is part of the NYC Department of Education.The school is located on West 114th St.Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you are interested in this internship, please e-mail your resume and cover letter, by August 20, 2010 to:


Include job title in subject line. No phone calls please.

Only candidates who fully meet the qualifications will be contacted.