Museum of Science Internships
  • 04-Mar-2019 to 08-Jul-2019 (EST)
  • Boston, MA, USA

Early Childhood Interpretation Internship Museum of Science, Boston

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Museum's early childhood program is based in the Discovery Center - an exciting, 4,200 square-foot learning center designed for our youngest visitors (children ages birth to 8 years) and their grown-ups. Discovery Center exhibits allow children to explore a variety of real objects and age-appropriate tools, all set in immersive fantasy environments that encourage learning through play. Children and their caregivers are engaged in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering on their own, as they explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the "process of science" more generally.

The Discovery Center's "Living Laboratory" program brings cognitive scientists from local university and hospital labs onto the exhibit floor to converse with adult caregivers about the scientific study of how children learn, and invite families to participate in active research studies. Volunteer and staff interpreters play a crucial role in facilitating visitors' experiences, helping children develop their emerging science and engineering skills, and helping adult caregivers' better understand the science of child development.


POSITION SUMMARY:

Early Childhood Interpretation Interns are integral in providing high-quality, hands-on science programming to the Museum's youngest visitors and their grown-ups. The Intern will assist in the daily operations of the Discovery Center program by interpreting and maintaining exhibit components, assisting in professional development for Volunteers, and interfacing with collaborating scientists from local research institutions who study children's learning. Early Childhood Interpretation Interns complete an intensive museum interpretation training program during the first 6 weeks of the internship, and then put the skills developed during training into practice in order to enhance the visitor experience.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Interact directly with Museum visitors, by facilitating hands-on activities for young children and their caregivers and providing them with the means to use and understand real objects and science tools.
  • Ensure that exhibit and program spaces are presentable and consistently ready for visitor use, including some light cleaning and maintenance of Discovery Center components and equipment.
  • Assist in professional development activities that support Discovery Center volunteers, and researchers participating in the Living Laboratory program.
  • Support department activities, which may include the development, written documentation and/or evaluation of science/engineering activities, or assisting in research into how children learn about science and engineering.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School degree or equivalency (undergraduate student, graduate student or career changer).
  • Demonstrated interest in education; interest in informal science education preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in science, engineering or education (through coursework or the workplace).
  • Demonstrated communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of all ages, including experience working with young children.
  • Highly motivated, dependable, and flexible.
  • Students in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or Developmental Psychology are strongly encouraged to apply.

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:

Summer 2019 (May-August)


WORK SCHEDULE:

14 or 21 hours/week (2 or 3 days: 9am-5pm daily, from mid-May to late Aug). Interns have a one-hour lunch break each day. Schedules are flexible, but typically require work on either Saturdays or Sundays.


STARTING SALARY:

Unpaid and/or for course credit (must specify interest in course credit in cover letter)


BENEFITS:

Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and café and much more!


The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.


No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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