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Q?rius Collections Internship

Position Description

The Office of Education and Outreach at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) seeks a Q?rius Collections Intern to assist with the maintenance and management of Q?rius collections. Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, houses a collection of over 6,000 items used by visitors to the museum that represent NMNH’s seven research departments: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Sciences, Paleobiology and Vertebrate Zoology. The intern’s primary role will be to assist the Q?rius Staff in the execution of day-to-day tasks to ensure proper upkeep and organization of collections. Interns report directly to Q?rius Staff and are part of the Education and Outreach department. The intern will also frequently interact with Q?rius volunteers and visitors to the space. Other logistical tasks will be assigned on an as-needed basis. This position requires good organizational skills to meet deadlines, and offers a special opportunity to work in a dynamic, collections-based learning environment.

Program Overviews:

Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center

Q?rius The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center is an innovative 10,000 square foot interactive space developed and operated by the NMNH Office of Education & Outreach. NMNH developed Q?rius as a learning laboratory, to create, test, and eventually disseminate innovative, experimental ways to use the unique resources of the largest natural history museum in the world to address critical needs in scientific and cultural literacy. The mission of the museum is to understand the world and our place in it. The mission manifests itself in Q?rius with opportunities to consider not just the natural world, but how humanity – our cultures and our actions – is an integral part of it. For citizens individually and collectively, an understanding of the world and our place in it can help inform daily decisions and provide a basis for broad civic engagement with important issues. Science, technology, and understanding of and engagement with the world’s cultures underpin our ability to make sustainable decisions about the global economy, health, and natural resources.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the summer internship, the Q?rius Collections Intern will be better able to:

● Understand best practices of education collections management.

● Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of a research-grade collection of over 6,000 items from various scientific disciplines.

● Work with a variety of audiences, from NMNH staff and volunteers to visitors to the Museum, communicating science concepts through collections based interactions

Position Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist in implementing NMNH Youth Programs curriculum by doing the following tasks:

Work alongside Youth Programs staff on a daily basis to assist with program management, facilitation, logistics, and evaluation.

Engage with and assist visitors of all ages in Q?rius.

Help organize and facilitate enrichment opportunities and field trips for youth to other Smithsonian Institutions.

Help organize and facilitate training sessions.

Help organize and facilitate regular check-ins, assessments and evaluation of youth programs participants to help evaluate their progress.

Assist NMNH Youth Programs staff with the documentation of youth programs.

Attend any necessary professional development sessions and ongoing youth program meetings as needed.

Perform adjusted or additional duties, as needed.


Undergraduate or graduate student who has completed or is currently enrolled in coursework related to museum studies, museum education or general education.

A degree or coursework in the natural sciences or anthropology is desired.

Enthusiasm for working with teens.

Experience and proven ability to work with large groups in a fast paced program.

Detail oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills.

Strong verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.

An eagerness to learn and the flexibility to work in a large institution.

Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as needed.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products.

Experience with graphic design, photography, and photo management is an asset.

Knowledge of youth development strategies and prior experience in a mentoring role is an asset.

Bilingual preferred.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, one Letter of Recommendation and a college transcript (unofficial are accepted) to:

Attn: Q?rius

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Office of Education & Outreach

PO Box 37012, MRC 158

Washington DC, 20013

or email packet to: TejadaE@si.edu with “Q?RIUS COLLECTIONS INTERN” as the subject.

Due to the high number of applicants, we are unable to send confirmation of receipt of application packet. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Schedule Commitment: Interns must be available to start mid- to late-May and work until mid- to late-August 2017. Interns will work approximately 40 hours per week, and hours may change to reflect summer programming staffing needs.

Application deadline: April 7, 2017

Contact: Efrain Tejada, Q?rius Manager, email: TejadaE@si.edu, phone: 202-633-7375.