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Summer 2018 Paleobiology Education Internship

Posted on January 4, 2018 by in The OFI Blog

Description: This internship is part of the Deep Time Initiative and offered through the Office of Education and Outreach at the National Museum of Natural History.

The Deep Time Initiative carries the important message—through the lens of paleontology—that the Earth’s distant past is connected to the present and shapes our future. The Office of Education and Outreach engages diverse audiences through programs and activities that meet their needs and interests while guiding them to understanding the changing world we live in.  This internship has two major elements:  interacting with the visitors in the exhibit space and designing a fossil-based activity to be facilitated by volunteers.  This year the internship will focus on paleobotany.

Learning Objectives: The intern will gain a better understanding of how different visitor groups learn and interact in a Museum setting, design a fossil-based activity for different learning styles and interests, and focus on improving his/her science communication skills for a broad audience.

Timeframe:   minimum 8-week internship between June-August

Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student (as of 2/16/18) in education, biology or geology major
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Interest (two pages maximum) that answers the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in this internship?
    • How will this internship help your academic or career pursuits?
    • What experiences have prepared you for this internship?
  • Two letters of recommendation

Stipend and Time requirement:  This is a paid internship.  Internships are a minimum of 25 hours a week over four days during the week.

Contact:  Please send application (resume, statement of interest and letters of recommendation) no later than Monday 2/19/18 to Amy Bolton at boltonam@si.edu