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AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program

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AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program Handbook Become an AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Intern!

Are you an undergraduate or graduate media arts student who is also interested in art, history, or science? Would you like to pursue a career in New Mexico’s expanding cultural industry? If so, there is a unique new service learning program that might be perfect for you. {1}

Beginning fall semester 2010, AmeriCorps funding was granted to the Media Arts Program at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA). {2}

Who should apply?

Graduate or undergraduate Highlands Media Arts students with 12 credit hours or less remaining towards their degree will be able to apply for half-time or minimum-time placements. Recent graduates of the program will be eligible for placements that are half-time or full-time. Here are some of the host institutions participating in our program:

Bradbury Science Museum City of Las Vegas Museum New Mexico Musuem of Natural History and Science Museum of Art The Governor’s Gallery National Hispanic Cultural Center Office of Digital Inititaves The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture The Museum of New Mexico Press Roswell Museum and Art Center

For more information on the program visit our website at {3}


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What will AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Interns do? Interns will serve at local museums and other professional settings where they will design and produce exhibit graphics, videos, interactives, websites, publications, and collateral materials and participate in all aspects of the process of organizing exhibitions. In addition, all interns will be required to register for the Professional Internship Mentoring course each semester of their placement.


Interns will gain a deep knowledge and understanding of career opportunities in Cultural Technology, the emerging field at the intersection of new digital media and cultural content. In addition, they will gain important skills from their supervisor mentors, faculty advisors, and coursework. Interns will acquire the hands-on experience and self-confidence they need to enter the professional workforce.


Pay and Benefits

Living Allowance Full time $19,500 and $5,350.Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Part time $9,750 and $2,675 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Minimum Time $3,250 and $892 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Full-time interns will also receive health care, interest-free student loan deferments and child care.

How is the program structured? There are 4 components in the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program and each component has a different start and end date. October 1- April 30 Fall semester, part time October 1-August 31 One year, full time February 1- August 31 Spring semester, part time May 15-August 31 Summer, minimum time {7}


How Do I Apply?



Contact Lauren Addario at or call 505 454-3239 or apply online


Go to


Click on Apply to serve


Create a profile (steps 1-4) make sure you indicate that you will accept emails from this system.


You will receive an email from recruitment, follow the link and create a username and password


Login to your account to complete the application


Select create application and complete steps 1-8


After you have created your application, search and apply for service opportunities!


Life After AmeriCorps Interns will receive coaching on how to search for and land jobs, including using the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Internship Program website’s “Job Opportunities” subpage. The sub-page will include a listing of current Cultural Technology-related jobs and links to job opportunities posted from local and national employers. you are eligible to receive an education award paid in the form of a voucher for education expenses, after you successfully complete service.The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award must be used within seven years of the date you finish your service, unless you apply for and receive an extension prior to the end of your seventh year. For many, AmeriCorps service is the first step in a rewarding career in public service. Helping to address critical community needs can be inspiring-and the needs never go away. Putting your idealism, energy, and experience to work in a career that helps others can be the perfect way to incorporate your service into the rest of your life. Source: {11}



Program Staff ACT Coordinator, Lauren Addario (505) 454-3239- Lauren matches students with AmeriCorps opportunities, teaches the mentorship class and works with the students and host institutions throughout the AmeriCorps placement. Email: Project Director, Miriam Langer 505) 454-3390- Miriam oversees the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology program. Email NM Department of Cultural Affairs ACT Liasion, Mimi Roberts (505) 629-7775- Mimi works with cultural institutions and project supervisors to develop AmeriCorps opportunities. Email



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Carlos Mendivil

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Firsr group of AmeriCorps members, member launch Taos, 2010

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Eric Maldonado

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Jason Valdez with David Skolkin at Museum of New Mexico Press

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Student Stacy Romero works with Conservator Rebecca Tinkham from the New Mexico History Museum

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Melissa Marquez at the Taos Public Library for AmeriCorps National Day of Service

{ 11-12 } Angelo Mitchell and Jeana Francis help out the Santa Fe Children’s Museum on MLK National Day of Service { 13-14 } AmeriCorps volunteers at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum

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