The Montshire Museum offers 12- and 15-week fulltime internships throughout the year with flexible start dates. Part-time internships may be available to meet the needs of an individual intern. As a learning organization, all Montshire interns receive an orientation to all phases of the Museum's operations; a seminar on museum philosophy, governance, and operational practices; and opportunities to participate in staff meetings and to meet individually with senior staff.
Interns are an integral part of the Museum and each intern is involved in either one major or several minor projects to be completed by the end of the internship. Interns confer regularly with their mentor and other staff members concerning their progress.
Applicants should have an interest in science and a desire to work with people. Familiarity with natural and physical science, communications and education are useful. Priority will be given to those interested in working in a related field.
Most full-time interns receive a $1000 stipend. Students whose financial aid package includes work-study allocations may be eligible to use those funds for their internship. Montshire internships may be eligible for college credit in some cases.
Please submit an online application, indicating the department in which you are interested. Please include all pertinent material for that department and references. These documents are to be submitted through the online form as a single PDF document.
Museum departments offering internships
The Museum's education department is composed of five professional science educators and is responsible for teaching a large variety of programs as well as managing all educational activities and projects undertaken by the Museum.
Our programs range from astronomy and earth sciences to natural history and environmental education, and serve a wide range of ages from preschoolers to adults. Developing and teaching programs in which participants are immersed in the actual 'doing of science' is the common thread throughout the department's work. Montshire's education programs take place on the exhibit floor, in the Museum's classrooms and trails, and with students, teachers, and families in schools and communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
Education interns are involved in all aspects of the department's work - including working with our visitors on weekends, teaching at the Museum and in outreach programs, and being involved in program planning and development. Interns have the opportunity to further develop their teaching skills, with a special emphasis on developing and teaching inquiry-based science learning experiences. Each Education intern is also expected to complete a project of relevance to the Museum. Successful candidates will have an interest in informal science education, experience working with children and families, and a strong background in science.
Exhibit Design and Fabrication
The Montshire has approximately 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, inside and outside, filled with interactive science exhibits. The exhibits department creates exhibits that are meant to appeal to children and families as well as adults. They are designed for visitors with a wide variety of knowledge and life experiences, and for a range of cognitive and physical abilities. Exhibits cover many facets of the physical and natural sciences, with a special focus on local and native flora and fauna.
Interns are exposed to almost every aspect of exhibit production, including research, design, and production of exhibits, installation of any scheduled traveling exhibitions, and day-to-day exhibit repair and maintenance. Exhibit interns also participate in the exhibit planning and evaluation process.
Candidates should have an interest in science, good manual skills, and basic computer skills; familiarity with the Adobe graphic design suite of software is helpful. In addition, imagination, a sense of humor, and an enjoyment of problem solving are necessary.
Public Relations and Marketing
The Montshire continues to be recognized as an important learning center and tourist attraction in the region. The public relations and marketing department uses creativity and research to introduce the Museum to all potential audiences.
Interns are involved with various aspects of communications, market research, surveys, and copy writing for advertisements, web, social media, and feature stories. Interns may also be involved with technical aspects of the trade, including photography, desktop publishing, and graphic design. [please note—the 2014 summer internship if filled]
Membership and Development
The membership and development office works to ensure participation in and financial support of the Montshire Museum by establishing and strengthening positive relationships with people in our community.
Membership and development interns will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of these efforts by conducting research, analyzing data, writing/editing communications materials, and participating in event and strategy planning.
Candidates should have an interest in science and the nonprofit sector, as well as strong analytical and interpersonal skills.