Internships & Jobs
Internships and jobs are crucial to all college students, helping them gain the experience needed to build their dream careers. Muse Scholars enjoy special campus advising services, including access to internship sessions designed for Hunter's high-achieving honors cohorts.
Muse Scholars have held some of the most sought-after internships and entry-level jobs in New York, working for museums, theatres, media outlets, dance schools, and even city government. Please read below to learn about the diverse organizations that have welcomed Muse Scholars into their internship programs.
Gaspare Caruso (Class of '16) has served as an arts administrative intern for the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca since Summer 2013. At the Academy, Caruso has worked with professional artists to organize an online library system and to organize events, including art auctions.
Caruso has also volunteered with Smack Mellon, a non-profit art gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon suffered significant damage to its facilities during Hurricane Sandy, and Caruso assisted in the organization's Sandy Relief Kentucky Derby art auction as well as a Summer Solstice event.
Nelly Gordpour (Class of '16) is a head photographer at Ziba Film in Long Island.
Gordpour began working for the company several years ago as an assistant. In her current role as photographer, Gordpour photographs events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, and birthday parties.
Julia Jong (Class of '16) is currently a museum intern at the Asia Society, supervised by the Head of Museum Education Programs.
"Through this internship, I get an inside look into how a museum and its corresponding cultural and educational programs are run," said Jong. "I am learning about the different operations within museum education, including docent training and tour scheduling, and I am doing research to assist with the preparation of teaching materials for upcoming shows. The Asia Society has been a wonderful resource for me."
Jong has also worked as a teaching assistant for the College Now Summer Art Program at York College. The six-week class is designed to give high school students exposure to color theory and sculpture through the study of relevant art history and various studio projects.
"When I was in the College Now art program two years ago, it was one of the major experiences that steered me towards a career in the arts. It was exciting to be given a chance to do the same for other students," said Jong.
Joy Scanlon (Class of '15) worked as a casting intern at fine-art photography house Ryan McGinley Studios during Summer 2013. She gained experience working with the photographer as well as scouting for "interesting faces," or young people without professional modeling experience who fit the photographer's aesthetic. Scanlon intends to continue with the studio with an internship during Winter 2013.
Scanlon also interned during Summer 2013 at Algus Greenspon, an art gallery in the West Village that represents contemporary and "outsider" artists. She continues with the gallery in a part-time position.
At the China Institute, Wang assisted the director in planning an exhibition on the Six Dynasties period, set to open in 2015. She gained experience communicating with other U.S. art institutions to find objects from the period and researching books published on the subject by American scholars.
At the Chinese Porcelain Co., Wang performed research for new acquisitions, helping identify and explain value to potential buyers.
"It was interesting to work with connoisseurs rather than museum staff, as the latter has to remain objective while the former is able to express opinions and insights that cannot be verified," Wang said.
Jaime Jaget (Class of '16) is a marketing and development intern with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a West Village playhouse dedicated to producing works by emerging artists.
At Rattlestick, Jaget has gained experience selling tickets, developing target audiences, communicating with the public, reading grants and researching new funding opportunities. She has also had the opportunity to work with the producer of Rattlestick's junior company, The Middle Voice Theater Company.
Carol Szwei (Class of '16) has interned with the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), one of Hunter's cultural partners. Szwei worked with TDF's expansive costume collection at the Kaufman Astoria Studios, becoming acquainted with TDF's inventory of more than 75,000 costumes and accessories.
"Not only did I learn about the distinctive style of dress worn by a particular people and period, but I gained familiarity with a special language unlike any I have ever heard before," said Szwei, a music performance major, member of Hunter's Chamber Singers Ensemble and president of the Opera Club.
During the summer of 2013, Szwei interned with the concerts and touring team for Jazz at Lincoln Center. She helped catalog over 25,000 discs for the center's new CD library. The job came with fabulous perks, too: "I am able attend rehearsals for upcoming concerts. Recently I was invited to observe the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, NY Philharmonic, and the Nighthawks Orchestra," Szwei said.
Juella Baltonado (Class of '15) has worked with The Martina Arroyo Foundation Inc., performing during Summer 2013 as a chorus member in the foundation's production of Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffman).
"Not only was it an inside look on how professional theater is created, it was a chance to learn and connect with professionals who have worked in Broadway, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the like," Baltonado said.
A creative writing major, Hutson-Ellenberg worked in production, gaining experience in Mint's office and on set with electricians, set constructionists, stage managers and the props master. She also worked as a backstage assistant.
"I learned a tremendous amount while increasing my passion for and knowledge of theatre," Hutson-Ellenberg said.
Michael Petruso (Class of '15), interned at Stageplays Theatre Co., assisting in the casting of play readings and performances. Petruso also reviewed new plays for production; scheduled readings, auditions, and performances; and gathered information about actors' and actors' agencies.
In addition, he had the chance to attend regular meetings with the company director, learning about the Actors' Equity Association, talent scouting, and professional development in the theatre world.
Film & Media
Ethan Greenfield (Class of '15) has interned with Phear Creative, a New York production company for television and film that also provides marketing and branding services.
Greenfield, a film major, helped film and produce promotional web content and edited music cue sheets for an MTV game show, "The Substitute," which is co-produced by Phear.
He also provided support in marketing/branding research and assisted with various odd jobs.
Government & Politics
Colleen Cash (Class of '15) has held a variety of positions in the New York political scene.
During the summer of 2013, she interned for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), assisting with several of the organization's programs: Theatre, Special Arts Services, and the Regional Economic Development Council. Cash helped catalog new grant applications and gained experience analyzing the financial health of arts organizations.
Cash's success with NYSCA earned her a place in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Executive Chamber Internship Program, for which she will intern in the Press Office during the Fall 2013 semester.
Prior to her position with NYSCA and Gov. Cuomo, Cash interned with the New York City Council. Working under Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Cash attended briefings, press conferences and rallies on of a range of subjects: paid sick days for women, special education in NYC, and environmental issues, among others.
Archives & Libraries
Julie Sorokurs (Class of '16) has been working in the Archives and Special Collections department of the Hunter College Library. During Summer 2013, she helped reorganize the entire Hunter College Concert Bureau Collection under the tutelage of Prof. Julio Luis Hernandez-Delgado, the head of Archives and Special Collections at Hunter.
The Concert Bureau Collection chronicles 33 years in what was one of New York City's proudest and most successful musical organizations. The Concert Bureau prided itself in booking performances sure to be the envy of any other NYC cultural institution, including lectures by Thomas Mann and concerts by Benjamin Britten.