Spencer Jones '13 Chosen for Prestigious
Museum Internship Program
by Audree Penner
Spencer Jones '13, a a special major in sociology and anthropology and educational studies, has been chosen to participate in the Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan.
Jones is one of 16 interns selected to learn about teaching 20th-century Jewish history and the Holocaust to young people. Since the Lipper program began in 1998, interns have worked with more than 50,000 school-aged students.
As part of her training, Jones will study the museum's exhibitions, hear testimony from holocaust survivors, and attend seminars led by museum scholars. Once they have completed training, Lipper interns share the knowledge they have obtained with school children in their home communities. The interns also bring groups of middle and high school students to the museum, to complement the lessons they have imparted in the schools. Lipper interns complete their lesson plan with a return to the schools where they discuss the material, and encourage students to share reactions and insights.
"The Lipper Internship connects wonderfully with my educational studies and sociology and anthropology majors," Jones says. "The curriculum is rich and engaging and students have the opportunity to come to Lower Manhattan to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. The program connects to many of my interests simultaneously—history, sociology, social justice—and it's great practical training as I prepare to go into the field of education upon graduation."
Jones says she is looking forward to educating students about the difficult topic of the Holocaust. "No matter how often or how much our perspectives diverge," she says, "I have always found that our respect for human rights and dignity gives us the opportunity and the ability to work together towards common objectives."