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2024 VABAMU Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Kistler-Ritso Estonia Foundation)

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Host Organization:  VABAMU Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Kistler-Ritso Estonia Foundation)


Organization Profile: VABAMU is a museum in Tallinn city centre that depicts the 20th century history of Estonia, as well as the current day independence. The museum's mission is to educate the people of Estonia and its visitors about the recent past, prompting a sense of the fragility of freedom as well as advocating for justice and the rule of law. VABAMU hosts the permanent exhibition Freedom Without Borders, the exhibition about occupation, resistance, freedom, and recovery, as well as temporary exhibitions. 

VABAMU has around 20 employees and reaches out into three branches: the museums Vabamu and KGB Prison Cells, the youth learning platform NoVa and its international collaboration unit Global Conversations.

City:    Tallinn

Internship Format:  In-person

Project description: Working with museum’s Collections Manager to help with collections storage as well as with archiving, packing and labelling different items in museum collections. When needed, digitizing items, creating metadata for the items in the exhibition, and designing a structure for the exhibition on the Spotlight platform.

Working with the museum’s curator and head of exhibitions on organizing museum events, including event communication, setting up events and moderating discussions. Providing ideas and insight on future exhibitions, especially regarding how to present Estonian-centered topics for global audiences.

Helping to set up and support Vabamu’s annual summer school Hüppelaud, where students in the age range of 14-19 gather to come up with new ideas and build actual tech products that would help solve some real-life problems while working as a team.

Number of Opening(s):       2

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 24 –August 16, 2024)

Work Attire:       Casual

Local Language:    Estonian and Russian (Not required)

Additional desired intern qualification:  Punctuality, accountability, able to manage own working time, can work independently as well as in a team, and creativity.

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