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Teen Council 2022–23

Teen Council is a job development program for NYC teens interested in the media arts who want a behind-the-scenes look at how a media museum works. As a part of the Teen Digital Media Innovators program, Teen Council members curate and program public events for youth, including film festivals, media workshops, and more. This paid opportunity includes mentorship from museum media educators, filmmakers, actors, and museum programmers. 

MoMI’s Teen Council was created in 2015 as a workforce development initiative for youth that increases the presence of teen voices in the Museum’s programming and education offerings. Every year, a cohort of ten Teen Council members collaborate with other NYC teens to help shape the Museum’s offerings for teens with the Teen Digital Media Innovators program and take a leadership role with the Teen Film Festival and Teen Design Jams at Museum of the Moving Image. Through hands-on learning to shape an active space for youth interested in curating, public programing, and the overall day-to-day operations of an arts and cultural organization, council members gain real-world experience in the hybrid craft of organizing and project management while exploring the history and technology of the moving image.  

Teen Council is a job development program and provides a stipend upon completion. 

Council Members meet October through May on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. Members must commit to all meeting dates, plus events taking place throughout a specific Saturday afternoon (1/14/22) and one Friday evening (5/19/23) in May.

Open to high school students ages 15+ and enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (equivalent program) as of Fall 2022.

Stipend will be provided upon internship completion.

Important Dates: 

Application deadline:  

Friday, October 27, 2022

Interview dates:  

Wednesday, October 26 (Sessions A & B). Session A: 4:30–5:30 p.m. Session B: 5:45–6:45 p.m. 

Thursday, October 27 (Sessions A & B). Session A: 4:30–5:30 p.m. Session B: 5:45–6:45 p.m. 

Saturday, October 29 (Sessions A & B). Session A: 12:00–1:30 p.m. Session B: 1:45–3:00 p.m. 

Notifications to finalists:  

Monday, October 31, 2022

Wednesday Meeting Dates (4:30–6:00 p.m.):  

November 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18; February 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15; April 26; May 3, 24 (16 total Wednesday Sessions)

Saturday Meeting Dates (12:00–2:00 p.m.):  

November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 14, 21; February 4, 11; March 4, 11; May 13; April 22, 29; May 6, 13 (16 total Saturday sessions)

Teen Council Events:  

Museum community event: Saturday, January 14 (Saturday session extended to 6:00 p.m. on this day) 

Teen Film and Media Festival: Friday, May 19 (3:00—10:00pm)


Fill out MoMI's Teen Council 2022 application form here.

Questions? Email Ramsey Sweatmon at [email protected].