Summer Technology/Engineering Interpretation - The Victor and Alice Schiesske Internship

Description

The Technology Engineering Interpretation Intern will work alongside ComputerPlace and Engineering Design Challenges staff and museum volunteers, to facilitate and develop and hands-on design activities, and assist in the daily operation in these two spaces.

Department Summary

ComputerPlace is a staff assisted space where visitors can explore digital technology topics by engaging in hands-on activities and have direct conversations with staff and volunteers on a wide range of technology related topics. Engineering Design Challenges is a staff area where visitors participate in a hands-on activity to learn all about the engineering design cycle. By designing, building, and testing a prototype solution to a given problem, students and visitors have a fun and engaging experience with engineering and innovation processes. This internship aims to bring best practices from Engineering Design Challenges to the ComputerPlace by developing and facilitating design activities focused on digital media and computational thinking.

Responsibilities

- The Intern will learn to interpret exhibits and activities in Cahners ComputerPlace and in the Engineering Design Workshop.
- The intern will interact directly with museum visitors leading design activities in Cahners ComputerPlace and the Engineering Design Workshop
- The intern will demonstrate and guide volunteers and teen interns, helping train them in facilitating the new activities.
- The intern will work to develop and prototype design activities focusing on a range of topics such as digital media, robotics, circuits and computer programming.
- The intern will present activities and interpretations introducing technical concepts (engineering, computer science, and robotics) to diverse audiences.
- The Intern will help maintain a clean and maintain a welcoming environment for visitors.

Minimum Qualifications

- Undergraduate Student, graduate student or career changer
- Able to work well independently and with a team
- Highly motivated, dependable, and flexible.
- Interest and enthusiasm for working and interacting with diverse museum audiences.
- Demonstrate the ability to work well with the people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong interest and/or background in engineering, science or education.
- Comfort introducing technical concepts to diverse audiences and different educational levels.
- Students in engineering, computer science and media studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Details

Hours / Days Per Week

14-21 hours/week, one weekend day required

Compensation

$8.00-8.25/hour

Duration

Summer 2014 (June-August)

How To Apply

In order to be considered for an internship, please email the internship program coordinator with the following:

  • The exact internship position title in the subject line
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in and relevant experience related to a specific internship position
  • A resumé that includes contact information of three references

You may apply for multiple positions; please send a separate email with a tailored cover letter for each position. Emails are preferred and can be processed more quickly. However, we are also able to accept cover letters and resumés by mail or fax if necessary:

Mail to:

Internship Program Coordinator Museum of Science Science Park Boston, MA 02114

617-589-0362 (FAX) interncoordinator@mos.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.