Department: Natural and Cultural Resources
Division: Museum of Natural Sciences
Job Duties: Learn: 1) effective science communication skills 2) how to create educational, accessible activities for diverse audiences. Project directly increases our ability to engage visitors using innovative, interactive science programming. Internship based in Naturalist Center, a hands-on gallery of 28,000 specimens with ~75,000 guests annually.
Major Task to be Performed: Intern interacts with visitors daily–interpreting and communicating science topics in Naturalist Center and exhibit halls. Will create educational content about dinosaur diet and dentition using fossils (or replicas) in partnership with paleontology staff and new Dueling Dinosaur exhibit. In Naturalist Center, intern will: give orientations informing guests how to properly handle specimens; learn basic techniques related to specimen preparation/maintenance; assist with use of equipment and resources. Internship includes training by experienced Museum educators along with behind-the-scenes access to research collections.
Final Product or Outcome Anticipated: Intern gains experience & confidence performing outreach in a unique science education setting plus learns how to curate/maintain educational and research specimen collections. Internship provides exceptional training in use of specimen collections to educate about North Carolina’s biodiversity. Intern will develop valuable contacts through interaction with museum staff and be exposed to many different fields within the biological sciences allowing a variety of careers to be investigated.
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), Paleontology