Department: Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resource
Division: Museum of Natural Sciences
Job Duties: Internship will teach effective science communications skills through cart programs and informal interpretive interactions with NC Museum of Natural Sciences visitors. Intern will help create mobile “Moment of Science” carts that incorporate short, fun activities covering wide range of science topics. These educational carts provide relevant science information and accessible activities for all ages and backgrounds and are designed to illustrate how science fits into our everyday lives. Internship includes training by experienced Museum science educators. Project directly increases Museum’s ability to connect and engage with visitors using innovative and interactive demonstrations of basic science concepts.
Major Task to be Performed: Interact with Museum visitors daily in exhibit halls, communicating and interpreting natural science topics through cart programs and small audience science presentations. Gain experience with existing cart programs before selecting natural science topic of relevant and current interest. Work with staff to create finished “Moment of Science” programs that will be presented daily to visitors at cart and adapted for daily presentations in one of the Museum’s small audience venues. Intern may also assist visitors in the hands-on collection area called the Naturalist Center.
Final Product or Outcome Anticipated: Engaging science cart program that effectively communicates how science impacts our daily lives.
Academic Majors Desired: Animal Science, Biology, Biological Sciences, Botany, Conservation, Conservation Biology, Education, Entomology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Fisheries & Wildlife Science, Forensics, Geology, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Natural Sciences, Physics, Plant Ecology, Science Communication, Science Education, Zoology, Parks and Recreation (with Science Minor)