Internships and Fellowships 2019-02-13T09:39:02+00:00

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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.

Previous internship opportunities have been available in:

  • Mollusks Department of the Collections and Research Division

  • Exhibits, Summer Camp and Informal Education in the Public Programming Division

  • Communications

  • Development

Application information will be available in early 2019.

Public Programming Internship 

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 Public Programming Department of DMNH announces an unpaid summer internship opportunity for college students. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience learning the inner workings of the Public Programming team while gaining professional and life skills that can be applied to a variety of institutions and organizations.

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
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Must be personable, possess good people skills
  • Willingness to be flexible
  • Available a minimum of 20 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends, especially June 22 and Thursdays in August
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Self-motivated to follow through with project goals
  • 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:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Public Programming, Director of Exhibits, Special Events & Rentals Coordinator, Tour & Outreach Coordinator, Camp & Scout Coordinator, Informal Education 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/formal education programs, activities and events
  • Expand upon verbal and communication skills, including proofreading, public speaking, and interpretation
  • Hands on experience working with the Education Collection for both natural history objects/specimens and live animals
  • Assist with exhibit development, interpretation, conservation, and restoration
  • Learn how all areas of Public Programming integrate

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.  

 

Exhibit Department Internship

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 summer 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.

Qualifications:

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

Interns will:

  • Report to the Director of Exhibits
  • Expand upon written and visual communication skills
  • Learn to perform basic collections management/care, including basic inventory, gap analysis and condition reports for the museum’s Education Collection

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 March 25, 2019 EOE

Science Communications Internship 

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 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 Delaware Museum of Natural History announces an unpaid summer internship opportunity for college students in the Museum Communications Division. This student should have a desire to pursue a career in science communications or a similar field.

Time frame:  Flexible (May 2018 – August 2018). Flexible start and end dates

Qualifications:

  • Sophomore or higher in accredited college/university, majoring in communications, public relations, journalism or any discipline that involves writing for the public, and with a background in science, or majoring in biology or similar discipline with a strong background in writing.
  • Available at least 1-2 full days per week; Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday

This individual will:

  • Gain experience working with the Communications Director to plan, create and curate content on Museum-based science initiatives, including writing, photography and basic video creation for web and social media.
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to develop story ideas, including drafting copy for blogs, news releases, media pitches, and other press materials
  • Set goals at the beginning of the program and perform a self-evaluation at its conclusion

Please e-mail a cover letter, two short (1 to 2 pages) writing samples as well as photography or videography samples (if available and applicable) to Terri Reed at treed@delmnh.org or mail to DMNH, ATTN: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807. Deadline for submission is Monday April 1, 2019.  EOE

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“Working with the kids is my favorite part. It’s fun seeing their astonished faces when they explore and participate in the experiments.”

Evan Williams
Eastern University
History Major

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“My favorite part is interacting with the public, and getting to learn from the kids as well as teaching them. I also get to give back to my community.”

Andrew Hahm
Loyola University
History/Music Major

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“Gaining knowledge of fund development has been a huge learning experience, and I love all of the great connections I have made through working with everyone.”

Mikayla Sandner
West Chester University of PA
Double Major, Marketing and Management Development

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“I like working with the animals. They all have different personalities.”

Skylar Berardi
Colgate University
Biology Major