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
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com 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.