Museum of Science Internships
  • 15-Nov-2021 to 12-Dec-2021 (EST)
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 14.25
  • Hourly

Youth Research, Development, and Evaluation Intern

Museum of Science

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:

This internship experience is offered through the Research and Development department, in the Museum's Learning & Research division. The Research and Development department works to integrate current research into the museum experience to push forward understandings of how to facilitate science learning through exhibits. This work occurs in close collaboration with the Museum's internal Research & Evaluation group (which conducts studies in the exhibit halls to better understand how people engage with and learn from science museum exhibits, as well as to understand their overall Museum experience), and with the Museum's exhibit design teams (whose members research science topics and apply evidence-based practices in exhibit design to create fun, engaging and meaningful exhibits for people of all ages).


The Research and Development department also oversees the Museum's Living Laboratory initiative, in which museum staff collaborate with scientists from across Greater Boston to offer museum guests the opportunity to participate in child development and behavioral science research studies as part of their museum visit. Through Living Laboratory, the department offers professional development that supports our research collaborators to communicate their research methods and findings to the public in effective and meaningful ways.


POSITION SUMMARY:

The Youth Research, Development and Evaluation Internship is intended to provide training and practical experience in science research, science education, and science communication in the cognitive, social, and behavioral sciences. The intern will contribute to projects related to the development of exhibits or understanding of the overall Museum experience. They will interface directly with the public, recruiting museum visitors to participate in studies, assisting in data collection, and educating visitors about the museum's ongoing research initiatives. The intern will also interface directly with the museum's external research partners, providing logistical support to researchers working on-site and developing educational materials that describe the questions and methods of current research studies for the public. Interns will work closely with a team of research, development, evaluation, and education professionals dedicated to creating fun and engaging exhibit-based science learning experiences for the public.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop familiarity with best practices in science research and science communication that are relevant to the current work of the department
  • Contribute to on-going research projects by recruiting visitors to participate in studies, collecting data, and discussing study questions and methods with visitors
  • Provide logistical support for Living Laboratory partners (e.g., greeting researchers, printing materials)
  • Assist in the creation of educational materials that share the Museum's research initiatives with the public (e.g., educational handouts, social media posts)
  • Engage visitors to the Museum's exhibit halls in hands-on activities that share findings generated through the museum's research and evaluation work
  • Assist in developing and testing new educational strategies, including those that support visitors' science learning through exhibits

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Between the ages of 14-19
  • Enrolled in high school or an equivalent educational program from at least from September - December 2021
  • Demonstrated interest in science research, science communication, and/or science education
  • Demonstrated interest in psychology, cognitive science, behavioral science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic group setting
  • Highly motivated, dependable and flexible
  • Attention to detail

SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet (e.g., excel or google sheets) software

VACCINATION POLICY:

Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.


LOCATION: In-person


INTERNSHIP LENGTH: January - May 2022


WORK SCHEDULE: One full day 9a-5p, interns have a one-hour, unpaid lunch break each day. Total work hours: 7 hours/week

  • Most likely a weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) to support a full-time high school student's schedule

PAY RATE: High school internships have a pay rate of $14.25/hour.


Application Notes: All internship applications require a cover letter AND resume. No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within four weeks of the initial application.


Special Notes: Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and cafe and much more


The Museum of Science is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability or protected group status. Federal and State law prohibit employment discrimination.


It is the Museum of Science's policy when recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, and terminating employees to comply with those laws which prohibit discrimination as to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability, military status, status as a disabled, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or other covered veteran or any other protected status under applicable law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees, interns and volunteer are treated with respect and dignity.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabilities


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