Minnesota Children’s Museum Fall Education Internship​s

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Fall is fast approaching, and with that are internship opportunities at Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul. We have several internships that would surely interest many students involved in the Education department.
All three internships provide the intern with visitor and children interaction in an educational setting. The internships are unpaid and 100 hours total during the fall session. The application deadline is August 9, 2013. A resume, cover letter and online application are required. Applicants should apply at our website at www.mcm.org/internships.
Museum Educator Intern
Department: Museum Programs
Supervisor Title: Museum Educator staff
Classification: Intern, Temporary, Part-time
Commitment: Requires 120 hours during the internship session
Institutional Mission
Sparking children’s learning through play
Position Summary
This position is primarily responsible for delivering and facilitating drop-in activities for Museum visitors. These activities include but are not limited to: classroom art activities and tactile sensory activities, in-gallery activities, large motor activities, and activities during on and offsite special events. Other responsibilities include assisting with staff-led programs, and working behind the scenes to ensure that program supplies are prepared and well-maintained.
Major Job Accountabilities
This is an estimate of the duties to be included in the internship. The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of Museum Programs staff.
% of Time
80% Facilitate programs on and off-site following Museum best practices and program write-ups.
• Greet visitors and introduce activities. Provide developmentally appropriate interaction with adults and children in order to encourage learning through play and to spark ideas for activities to try at home
• Monitor and maintain program materials, supplies and program spaces throughout program
• Demonstrate and role model being playful, engaged, welcoming and inclusive of all visitors
• Make observations, ask open ended questions and pose challenges to extend children’s learning
• As needed: Provide assistance to adults and children, redirect undesirable behaviors and adapt programs for visitors of varying abilities and ages
• Provide regular feedback on programs using program assessment forms
15% Program Preparations: Complete behind-the-scenes tasks as directed such as doing inventory, prepping program supplies, collecting and tabulating program logs, washing smocks, cleaning program spaces/supplies, and putting supplies away.
5% Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
1. Minimum of 40 hours working directly with children ages 1-8, preferably in a learning-focused environment (day-camp, pre-school/school, child-care center, after-school, tutoring, or informal learning environment such as a nature center or museum). The successful applicant will possess skills and knowledge related to working effectively with this age group.
2. Some post-secondary education in a related subject (education, child psychology, child development, communication, art or music therapy, museum studies, etc.) and an interest in a career related to early childhood, informal learning environments, education, or families.
3. Ability to work well with people in general, and to work effectively and comfortably in a variety of settings – from busy to slow.
4. Ability to follow directions, work independently and complete tasks and communicate in an effective manner.
5. Ability to use feedback on performance to improve effectiveness as a program facilitator.
6. Skill in taking initiative to find and complete additional tasks when assigned work is completed.
7. Preferable skills/experience: customer service, volunteer experience, leadership roles, experience working/volunteering in family-oriented environments (interacting with adults and children together).
Training Provided
1. Intern orientation
2. Museum background and philosophy
3. Play Training (Museum educational roots and visitor interaction skills)
4. Assignment specific training
5. Optional training available depending on intern’s personal schedule: “Supporting Parents in Public: Wakanheza,” Annual Museum Professional Development Day – Topic TBD, Courses offered through Resources for Child Care, and more.