Internship position, Available during the academic year September – June
Applications for the August – December semester are due by July 31st.
Applications for the January – May semester are due by December 31st.
The Bruce Museum’s Youth and Family Programs Internship is designed for university or college students seeking to gain hands-on experience in a museum education setting. This internship is available during the academic year, August– June. A minimum of 120 hours per semester is required with no more than 150 hours per semester. This is a paid internship with an hourly rate of $16.00. This position requires availability on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The exact details of the schedule will be worked out with the individual as the internship begins.
This internship will focus on providing opportunities for family engagement in an art and science museum. The intern will be working primarily with the Museum’s Manager of Youth and Family Programs on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s family programming. The intern will experience key aspects of museum learning including: teaching from the object; working with multigenerational audiences; developing and leading family programs at the Museum. While family programming is the internships primary focus, the intern may have the opportunity to work with school audiences through in-house school programs and the Museum’s outreach program – the Brucemobile.
Specific duties include: preparing materials for programming; interacting with visitors and groups through educational activities and tours; developing and implementing educational programs for various exhibitions; and evaluating educational programs and resources.
Experience in the following areas is preferred: museum education experience; experience supervising children; teaching experience; good written communication skills; public speaking skills; background in educational theory and practice; computer skills, word-processing; and basic office skills.
The Bruce Museum is a small institution and all staff members, as well as interns, are often called on to do any number of things such as assisting with public programs, basic office work, mailings, etc.
The internship will provide an introduction to standard museum practice and provide a hands-on experience in museum work. At the end of the internship period, the staff supervisor(s) will complete a Museum Intern Evaluation form. A copy of this evaluation will remain on file in the museum and copy will be forwarded to the intern and/or the faculty advisor. If the intern is seeking college credit and the college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the appropriate forms or information must be supplied well before the end of the internship period. Finally, the intern will complete an Exit Interview form evaluating the intern’s experience, which is to be submitted to Museum Staff and kept on file at the museum.
Application Deadlines: Fall semester – July 31st.