2018 Internships and Fellowships 2018-04-03T11:57:44+00:00

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INTERNSHIPS

As part of our mission to inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery, the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers internships for college and high school students. Students go behind the scenes and learn about what it is like to work at a museum.

Click the links below for information specific internship or fellowship opportunities.

The application period has closed for the Brokaw Fellowship, a paid fellowship program for college students and recent graduates in the Bird Department of its Collections and Research Division.

Howard and Dede Brokaw Ornithology Fellowship at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce a paid fellowship program for college students and recent graduates in the Bird Department of its Collections and Research Division.

The fellowship is supported by the Brokaw Family Foundation and is named after Howard and Dede Brokaw. Howard was a Founding Patron and former Honorary Trustee of the Museum who contributed to ornithology and bird conservation throughout his life. In 2006, he received the American Ornithological Society’s Marion Jenkinson Award and was a Trustee of the Society for 25 years.

Howard was a strong supporter of bird research and conservation in Delaware. For example, he participated in the first Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas (1983-1987) and was a supporter of the seminal Birds of Delaware. The lead author of this book was Gene Hess, Collections Manager in the Bird Department at the Museum (now retired).

The Museum continues its leadership in bird research and conservation in Delaware through the work of Jean Woods, Curator of Birds. Her current projects include work with the 2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas and her work with the Delaware Shorebird Project.

The Brokaw Fellowship will support a student to work with Dr. Woods in the Bird Department on a research project. Work may range from collecting data to analysis and dissemination of results. Fellows will also have an opportunity to contribute to the Museum’s science communication activities and will be expected to make a presentation about their work.

Eligible students should be pursuing a degree in Biology and have experience as a bird watcher or with other types of bird research. Students should be entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study or may have recently graduated.

Students will be paid an hourly rate commensurate with experience. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks is required (total 160 hours) and may take place anytime during the year.

Collections & Research Internships

As part of its mission to “investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery” the Delaware Museum of Natural History announces an unpaid summer internship program for college and graduate students in its Collections and Research Division.  During this internship students will:

  • Learn curatorial practices and standards by participating in a variety of collections-based projects;
  • Learn the importance of research collections at natural history museums and how they compare and contrast with other, non-science collections (e.g, history, library, art);
  • Learn about career opportunities at natural history museums.

Requirements:  Applicants must have completed their first year of college or graduate school and should be interested in pursuing a career in a field related to natural history, biology, museums, or libraries/archives.  Relevant majors include: biology, organismal biology, zoology, botany, marine science, wildlife biology, and museum studies.

Dates:  The Museum is open for interns Monday – Friday between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.  A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 6 weeks is required (total 120 hours minimum). Days and times are flexible.

Internship Activities:  Interns will learn specimen preparation techniques, data entry/cataloging, routine collection maintenance activities, special conservation projects, and collections documentation under the guidance and supervision of full-time collections staff. Opportunities are available in the Mollusk collection.

Other:  The Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit and hours spent interning can typically be used to meet volunteering requirements of schools.  Students may be able to arrange course credit for their internships.  Students wanting to meet specific internship requirements for their course of study should contact the Museum to see if their needs can be accommodated.  A letter confirming the number of internship hours will be sent to schools upon request.  Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or for use in graduate school or job applications.

To apply:  Please submit CV and cover letter to treed@delmnh.org or submit to the Museum, ATTN: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, Delaware 19807.  Submission deadline is Friday April 6th.  EOE.  The cover letter must address the following questions:

  • What are your career goals? How would an internship at DMNH advance these goals?
  • What special skills and experience do you bring to the internship?
  • What academic courses have you taken that are relevant to this internship? Include grades

earned.

The application period has closed for Communications Internships.

Delaware Museum of Natural History Internships, Communications

As part of its mission to “excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery,” the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers an unpaid summer internship opportunity for college students in the DMNH Communications department. This student should have a desire to pursue a career in marketing, public relations, advertising, graphic design and/or web development. Interest in science communication is a plus. The primary focus of individual internships can be structured for the student’s area of interest in the communications field and/or to fit requirements for college credit.

Time frame:  May-August 2018,  start and end dates are flexible.

Qualifications:

  • Sophomore or higher in accredited college/university, majoring in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or any discipline that involves writing for the public
  • Available at least 1-2 full days per week

This individual will:

  • Gain experience developing public relations planning skills through collaborating on the development of communications and marketing plans for the Museum
  • Gain experience working with the Communications Director to plan, create, and curate web and social media content, including writing, design, photography and basic video creation
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to draft copy for news releases and other press materials, and assist in developing press lists
  • As essential to the learning process, assist with data entry and other administrative duties
  • If applicable, build upon already learned graphics design coursework by collaborating with Communications Director on graphic design projects
  • Set goals at the beginning of the program and perform a self-evaluation at its conclusion

Time permitting, this person may also:

  • Gain experience by taking digital photos of exhibits, events, or other programming

Exhibit Department Internship for College Students

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located in the culturally rich Brandywine Valley. The Museum is the only natural history museum in Delaware with world renowned collections in both mollusks and birds, serving both the educational and scientific communities.

As part of its mission to investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery, the Public Programming Department announces an unpaid fall internship opportunity for college students. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in exhibit development and installation as they relate to the natural world.

Time frame:

  • Flexible start and end dates. Duration for summer semester(s)

Qualifications:

  •  Sophomore or higher in accredited college/university
  •  Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology or Museum Studies
  • Available a minimum of 1-2 days per week
  • Proficient in MS Office, including Word.  Willing to learn Adobe Illustrator and/or InDesign
  • Ability to stand on your feet for 2+ hours at a time.

Interns will:

  • Report to the Exhibits Manager
  • Learn to research, design, develop, and install supplemental exhibits to coincide with  permanent and temporary
  • Expand upon written and visual communication skills, including drafting text and designing graphics
  • Perform basic collections management/care, including condition reports, exhibit cleaning, and loan documentation

Other:   The Museum is a 501 (c)3 non-profit and the hours spent participating in a Museum internship can typically be used to meet volunteering/community service requirements.  A letter confirming the number of internship hours will be sent to schools upon request.  Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or use for graduate school or job applications.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to Terri Reed, Director of Human Resources, at treed@delmnh.org or mail to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, ATTN: Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807. Deadline for submission is Monday April 2, 2018 EOE

Informal Education Internship for High School Students

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located in the culturally rich Brandywine Valley. The Museum is the only natural history museum in Delaware with world renowned collections in both mollusks and birds, serving both the educational and scientific communities.

As part of its mission to “investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery” the Public Programming Department of the Museum announces an unpaid summer internship opportunity for high school students. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in early childhood education, summer camp, animal care, gallery interpretation, education collections, special events, family programs, and more.

Time frame:

  • Flexible. Preferably June – August.

Qualifications:

  • Must be juniors or seniors in high school with an interest in education, science and/or natural history
  • Must be available to complete a minimum of 112.5 hours  in a minimum of 3 weeks,  between June and August
  • Availability to include occasional evenings and weekends, especially Saturdays and Thursdays in August
  • Must attend Saturday internship orientation on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Proficiency in MS Office products
  • Good communication skills that includes a level of comfort interacting with the public

Interns will:

  • Report to the Informal Education Coordinator.  Collaborate with the Director of Public Programming, Special Events & Rentals Coordinator, Exhibits Manager, Camp & Scouts Coordinator, Tour & Outreach Coordinator, education staff, volunteers, partners, and vendors
  • Set goals at the beginning of the internship and perform a self-evaluation at its conclusion
  • Learn to present natural history/science related information while engaging Museum visitors of various ages and education levels
  • Gain experience learning to develop and write informal education presentations
  • Expand upon public speaking and communication skills
  • Depending on the internship position, learn how to handle, transport, and present animals from the education live animal collection
  • Improve upon professional work skills such as teamwork, research, organization, and self-discipline
  • Facilitate programs presented in the Museum interactive areas such as the Investigation Lab, Science in Action, Dino Den, and Education in Motion
  • Learn how all areas of Public Programming integrate by occasionally assisting  in summer camp, the Nature Nook, tour & outreach preparations, events, exhibit set up, and more

Other: The Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit and intern hours can typically be used to meet volunteering/community service requirements.  A letter confirming the number of internship hours will be sent to schools upon request.  Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or use for college and/or job applications.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to Terri Reed, Director, Human Resources, at treed@delmnh.org or mail to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, ATTN: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807.  Rolling acceptance until positions are filled.

 Informal Education Internship Announcement for College Students

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located in the culturally rich Brandywine Valley. The Museum is the only natural history museum in Delaware with world renowned collections in both mollusks and birds, serving both the educational and scientific communities.

As part of its mission to “investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery” the Public Programming Department of the Museum announces an unpaid summer internship opportunity for college students. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in early childhood education, summer camp, animal care, gallery interpretation, education collections, special events, family programs, and more.

Time frame:  Flexible start and end dates. Preferably beginning of June – end of August

Qualifications:

  • Sophomore or higher in accredited college/university, or recent graduate
  • Pursuing or have earned a Bachelor’s degree in education, science, natural history, museum studies, communications, or related
  • Available a minimum of 20 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends, especially June 23 and Thursdays in August
  • Must attend Saturday internship orientation on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to stand on your feet for 5+ hours at a time and ability to lift up to 30 lbs.

Interns will:

  • Report to the Informal Education Coordinator. Collaborate with the Director of Public Programming, Exhibits Manager, Special Events & Rentals Coordinator, Tour & Outreach Coordinator, Camp & Scout Coordinator, education staff, volunteers, partners, and vendors
  • Set goals at the beginning of the internship and perform a self-evaluation at its conclusion
  • Learn to design, develop, implement and analyze informal education programs, activities and events
  • Expand upon verbal and communication skills, including proofreading and public speaking
  • Collect survey data from event attendees and learn how the data is compiled and used to analysis
  • Engage with the public through educational activities, crafts, demonstrations, experiments, and more
  • Depending on the position, learn how to handle, transport, and present animals from the education live animal collection
  • Facilitate and present programs in the Museum interactive areas such as the Investigation Lab, Science in Action, Dino Den, and Education in Motion
  • Learn how all areas of Public Programming integrate by occasionally assisting in summer camp, the Nature Nook, tour & outreach preparations, events, exhibit set up, and more

Other:   The Museum is a 501 (c)3 non-profit and hours spent interning can typically be used to meet volunteering/community service requirements.  A letter confirming the number of internship hours will be sent to schools upon request.  Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or use for graduate school or job applications.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to Terri Reed, Director, Human Resources, at treed@delmnh.org or mail to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, ATTN: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807. Rolling acceptance until the positions are filled.  

 

 Summer Camp Internship for College Students

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located in the culturally rich Brandywine Valley. DMNH is the only natural history museum in Delaware with world renowned collections in both mollusks and birds, serving both the educational and scientific communities.

As part of its mission to “investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery” the Education Department of the Museum announces an unpaid summer camp internship opportunity for college students. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in early childhood education (ages 3-12), program design, program implementation, program evaluation and more.

Time frame:  Flexible.  Weekly camps are scheduled from June 4th – August 17th

Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing or have earned a Bachelor’s degree in education, science, natural history, or museum studies (freshman or higher in accredited college/university)
  • Available a minimum of 5 weeks (Monday –Friday), 20 hours per week
  • Must attend Saturday internship orientation on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Ability to stand on your feet for 5+ hours at a time and ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Proven ability to be dependable, flexible, creative, self-directed, and resourceful
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including a positive, enthusiastic attitude
  • Ability to relate to children of various educational levels and diverse backgrounds

Interns will:

  • Report to the Scouts & Camp Coordinator; collaborate with the  Director of Public Programming, Tour & Outreach Coordinator, education staff, and camp volunteers
  • Set goals at the beginning of the internship and perform a self-evaluation at its conclusion
  • Learn to design, develop, implement and analyze camp educational programs and activities
  • Expand upon verbal and communication skills, including instruction and public speaking
  • Work with and learn from camp staff to offer fun, interactive, and educational summer camp programs for all participants

Other:   The Museum is a 501 (c)3 non-profit and hours spent interning can typically be used to meet volunteering/community service requirements.  A letter confirming the number of internship hours will be sent to schools upon request.  Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or use for graduate school or job applications.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to Terri Reed, Director of Human Resources, at treed@delmnh.org or mail to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, ATTN: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807. Rolling acceptance until positions is filledDeadline for submission is . EOE

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Evan Williams
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History Major

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