Public Programs Intern @ MCNY | John Rieg | Journalism + Design

John Rieg (he/him), BAFA: Journalism + Design / Jazz Guitar ’25 Headshot
Unpaid Internship Grant

Company: Museum of the City of New York

Type of work: Executed programs with the department. Various moving parts including handling talent/guests, design work, setting up and breaking down spaces for events, and more.

Where did you find the internship: Through the Social Science Fellowship.

Would you recommend your internship to another student? Yes

Internship Description:
I worked alongside the public programs department to execute different events of varying nature including live performances, book and film discussions, panels and more.

Who was supporting you in your work? How did you work with them? Fran Rosenfeld, Director of Public Programs @ MCNY. They advised me on all projects at the museum.

How has this project has been impactful or transformative — for you personally or for those this work has impacted:
It was really interesting to get a behind the scenes look at how programming is executed at an institution as large and prominent as MCNY. I learned a lot about the various moving parts that make up the industry.

What would you do differently? How would you advise a student who is going to do something similar?
I only regret that I did not have more time to dedicate to the museum, as I wish I could have taken an even deeper dive into the work.

A conversation with photographer Janette Beckman at MCNY.

Short summary
I worked alongside the Public Programs department to execute events of various nature. I learned a lot about the different moving parts of hosting programs at an institution as large as the Museum of the City of New York.

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