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Summer Internship-Public Engagement for Narwhals, Revealing an Arctic Legend Exhibit

Posted on January 10, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

Summer Internship- Public engagement for Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend Exhibit

Are you interested in natural history museum education? Do you want to gain experience working with a creative team to develop and implement strategies for engaging visitors in museum exhibits? Then this is the internship for you! In August 2017 at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), a new temporary exhibit entitled Narwhals, Revealing an Arctic Legend will open to the public. This exhibit will focus on how the narwhal and its unique tooth have inspired art, legend, and cultural practices for centuries, but deeper study of this animal is now revealing new traditional and scientific knowledge that helps us understand the changing Arctic more completely. To help connect visitors to the content and objects in the exhibit, we will be training a cohort of volunteers, developing an interactive cart, providing programming, and inviting experts to speak with the public. This internship provides an opportunity to be part of these exciting efforts.

PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate student with a background and interest in science (course work, field work, other) and an interest in science communication and/or teaching. To maximize the project learning outcomes, applicants should have the following prerequisites:

  • Ability to cooperate as part of a collective team, while also working independently to reach team goals.
  • Self-starter with passion and the ability to plan, organize and establish priorities to meet goals and achieve results according to a timeline with set deadlines.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Able to speak and effectively communicate information to a group.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The intern will learn techniques for how to use objects to engage visitors and methods for interactive dialogue; effective strategies for communicating about climate change; how to use visitor and volunteer feedback to meet visitor needs; how to work with a range of collaborators such as educators, volunteers, and scientists; and gain knowledge about narwhal.

STIPEND: $4,900

TIMETABLE: Summer 2017 – approximately June 2017 thru August 2017 (start and end dates negotiable)

DEADLINE: Wednesday 3/1/2017

To apply, send your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to:

Jennifer Collins

Education Specialist – Ocean Team Manager

CollinsJE@si.edu