Fall Eye Opener Field Intern

Description

Through the generous support of the Germeshausen family foundation, the Eye Opener Program at the Museum of Science provides a very unique field trip experience for Boston public school second graders. Our volunteers, or “museum friends”, take the Second Graders on a special tour of the Museum, including a behind the scenes look at the animals, and encourage interest in learning science outside the classroom. Teachers benefit from a hassle free field trip, a professional development workshop led by a museum educator and time to explore the museum’s educator resources and curriculum connections. Our very dedicated core of teen and adult volunteers support the program while continuing lifelong learning of science related topics.

Position Summary

A field internship with the Eye Opener program provides educational experience and professional skills in a variety of different areas within museum and in local classrooms. One of the major responsibilities of the Eye Opener intern is to learn and present the Eye Opener pre-visit demonstration for Boston public school second graders. Each week the intern will travel with the staff to various schools in Boston and be responsible for leading 45-minute presentations in up to 3 different classrooms of 20-25 students. This opportunity allows the intern to develop and practice skills such as public speaking and classroom management while also providing a background in second grade science competency. In addition to the pre-visit presentations the intern provides valuable program support during the Eye Opener morning. Depending on where he or she is needed, the intern will supervise adult and high school volunteers, assist teachers and second graders in their arrival and departure or tour second graders around the museum. The intern will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of populations including second graders, teenagers, teachers and retirees and will gain experience interacting with all of these groups.

Responsibilities

- Pre-Visits - run a 45-minute presentation in second grade classrooms up to 3 times a week, preparing students for their field trip to the museum. (Off-site 30% of total time)
- Program support - complete day-to-day tasks in the Eye Opener Program including greeting 2nd graders, helping them off the bus, collecting and storing their coats, assisting volunteers on the floor and during training.
- Mentoring high school volunteers, collaborating with adult volunteers
- Touring second graders as needed - leading groups of 2-5 second graders on personalized, hands-on tours of the museum.

Minimum Qualifications

- Comfort with public speaking or classroom presentations
- Willing to work with diverse audiences: kids, teens, senior citizens, students with special needs, etc.
- Excitement surrounding informal science learning and teaching
- Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of tasks

Additional Details

Hours / Days Per Week

10-14 hours/week. Monday & Tuesday 9am - 2pm required, other hours flexible w/in Mon-Fri 9-5.

Compensation

Paid: $8.00 or $8.25 hourly

Duration

Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 semester (September -June)

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.