Schomburg Center - Lapidus Center Pre-Professional

US-NY-New York
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The BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Program at the Schomburg Center offers paid part-time positions across several unique areas. The program helps college and graduate school students cultivate transferrable skills and gain professional experience rooted in a cultural institution. The duration of each position is typically one term. Each term candidates receive an orientation, on-the-job training, mentorship opportunities and workshops with leaders from the New York Public Library and greater New York City community. Participating students are eligible for college credit, but the conferral of credit is not a program requirement.


This position is available in fall 2017 through mid-spring 2018, for approximately 17 weeks.


Position - Lapidus Center Pre-Professional


The Schomburg Center is looking for a highly organized, motivated college or graduate student to work part-time as a paid pre-professional focusing on public programs, fellowships, and the organization of a book prize. Reporting to the Lapidus Center’s director, you will have opportunities to interact with scholars and, through programs and the book prize, keep abreast of scholarship on slavery and its legacies. You will also have opportunities to discuss your career goals and receive professional guidance.




Principal Responsibilities

  • Maintain the Center’s website and social media platforms under the direction of the director
  • Respond to general e-mail inquiries
  • Coordinate events under the direction of the Director
  • Liaise with Lapidus Center Fellows
  • Serve as recording secretary at Advisors meetings
  • Coordinate the collection, compilation and distribution of various forms, books, memos and other documents for the Harriet Tubman Prize.

Key Competencies

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an accredited college or graduate school degree program
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Strong problem-solving skills 
  • Demonstrated flexibility and reliability
  • Superior skills in MS Word, Excel, Google Drive and proficient knowledge in website maintenance
  • Interest in African and African Diaspora history and culture

Work Environment

  • This position is located in a research library. 

Physical Duties

  • N/A

Starting Salary

USD $15.00/Hr.

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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