Fall Early Childhood Interpretation Intern (Youth – Academic Year)

Description

The Early Childhood Interpretation Intern represents the museum as part of the front-line programming staff, by working with visitors to facilitate their enjoyment of the Discovery Center by presenting hands-on activities, and ensuring cleanliness in the exhibit space. This internship focuses on helping children (ages 0-8) develop and practice their science and engineering skills.

Department Summary

The Discovery Center is an exciting, 4,200 square-foot learning center designed for the Museum’s youngest visitors (children ages birth to 8 years) and their grown-ups. Our 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 fun 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 child development.

Responsibilities

• Interact directly with Museum visitors, providing them with the means to use and understand real objects and science tools.
• Ensure that the Discovery Center is presentable and consistently ready for visitor use.
• Assist in professional development opportunities for Discovery Center volunteers.
• Assist the Discovery Center staff in the daily operation and maintenance of the exhibit space, including some light cleaning.
• Enhance personal interpretation skills (e.g. conducting independent research, learning new interpretations and developing new interpretive materials)

Minimum Qualifications

• Enrolled in High School.
• Have successfully held a volunteer position in the Museum and completed 75 hours.
• Strong interest/background in science and/or science education.
• Able to work well independently and with a team
• Demonstrated ability to work well with the people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities; experience with young children (under age 4) preferred.
• Excellent communication skills
• Enthusiastic, flexible, reliable and responsible.
• Available for a weekly shift September 2014 thru June 2015.
• There will be a mandatory orientation on Saturday, September 27th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, in addition to 3 Professional Development Workshops during the semester.

Additional Details

Hours / Days Per Week

• Fridays12-8pm OR 3:30-8pm, Saturdays or Sundays from 9-5 • Additional shifts during MA holidays and school vacation times (including at least two additional shifts during each of the December, February and April school vacation weeks)

Compensation

$8 an hour

Duration

Sept 2014 – June 2015

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.