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- Must be enrolled in college pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree or a college graduate
- Internship placement is based on applicant’s interest, skills, and experience as well as Museum need
- Internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 60 hours of service
- All interns must complete and pass a background check; interns working with children will be fingerprinted
- Spring Internship (February-May): January 15
- Summer Internship (June-August): April 15
- Fall Internship (September-December): August 15
Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.
- Read the College Internship Placement Opportunities below
- Complete the online internship application for your chosen placement
- Submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Internship Application"
College Internship Placement Opportunities
The finance intern will report directly to the Museum’s chief financial officer and the director of finance at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The accounting intern will gain hands-on, practical experience in accounting and financial management in a stable and dynamic nonprofit business. The internship is focused on project work utilizing the Museum’s accounting systems for financial reporting. A flexible schedule is available Monday-Friday, 15-20 hours per week, for a minimum of six weeks between June 3 and August 16. Students enrolled and working toward a degree related to accounting, who will be entering their junior or senior year in fall 2019, are eligible to apply.
Interns will work closely with Dr. Rose Jones, a cultural anthropologist, our director of evaluation. Interns will assist with various research projects, including beta testing on UX interactives, ethnographic assessment on visitors’ experiences, and observations/interviews. Interns will assist in conducting literature reviews, managing and analyzing data, creating visuals to share data findings, and recruiting participants for studies. This is a hands-on internship which requires excellent people skills and an enthusiasm for social science research and evaluation. Times and dates are flexible.
Early Childhood Education Internship
Early childhood interns are based in the programs department and assist the early childhood coordinator with curriculum development, teaching classes, and engaging our youngest guests in our Art Lab space. The early childhood team is responsible for developing and delivering high-quality early learning experiences to our guests.
Early childhood interns will primarily assist the early childhood coordinator with daily activities in the Art Lab and classroom. Interns will gain practical experience in the necessary activities required in curriculum planning and delivery.
Professional Development Internship
Professional development interns will support the STEM Teacher Institute team with day-to-day operations. The intern will collaborate with the STEM Teacher Institute team on a regular basis to support communications with teachers, track institute participation, assist in workshop preparation, and carry out other duties as needed. Interns will possess strong communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a highly collaborative teacher development team. Professional development interns will gain experience working with an expanding network of over 140 science teachers in North Texas.
Educational Outreach Internship
Educational Outreach interns will assist the education department during science programming at the Perot Museum. Interns will assist with program preparation, assisting the educator during the program, and then breaking down supplies. Interns will be given the chance to help research and develop materials for the educational programs. This internship will take place on weekdays and may include early evening hours. These programs are a fun and exciting opportunity for interns to help children learn and explore science related topics.
Exhibits interns will be based in the exhibits department and will assist the exhibits team with day-to-day activities as well as any special assignments and projects.
The exhibits department is committed to bringing and maintaining high-quality and engaging exhibitions to Museum guests. The exhibits team is responsible for assessing and maintaining the quality and functionality of the Museum's permanent exhibits and temporary exhibitions. Daily activities include maintenance and repair of exhibit halls, checking lighting, cleaning designated exhibit components and workspaces, assisting with shutdowns, and responding to exhibit breakdowns in addition to other activities.
Exhibit interns will primarily assist the exhibits team with daily activities in maintaining the working order of all Museum exhibits. Interns will gain practical experience in the necessary activities required to keep a museum functional. Interns may also have the opportunity to interact with and gain experience with various departments, as the exhibits team commonly works across Museum departments in their normal activities.
Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Interns will work closely with the exhibit technicians under the direction of the manager of permanent exhibits.
Please include schedule and availability in your application, along with any applicable skills.
CEHJ Science Communication Internship
The Center for the Exploration of the Human Journey (CEHJ) at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a dynamic team of archaeologists and science communicators dedicated to uncovering and communicating the science and stories around our shared humanity. The CEHJ is seeking a Science Communication Intern for the Summer of 2019 to advance its education and outreach initiatives throughout the museum and local community. This position is designed to advance the academic and professional training of the next generation of science communicators in anthropology through mentorship and hands-on presenting experience to a variety of audiences.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist the Science Communication and Outreach Fellow in developing a training program in Human Evolution for Perot Museum staff
- Assist the Science Communication and Outreach Fellow in creating a professional development workshop in anthropology/human evolution for public and private school educators in the Dallas-Fort Worth area
- Design educational presentations, materials and resources for teachers and students
- Other duties as assigned
- The successful applicant will be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate anthropology program at the time of appointment
- Must be able to commit to a minimum of 60 total hours over the course of the summer
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong time management and organizational skills
- Experience in informal education preferred
- Bilingual Spanish a plus
- Proficiency in one of the following a plus:
- Video editing and production
- Online course development
- Non-academic writing
Throughout the year, the Museum holds hundreds of after-hours events — from corporate meetings to weddings and proms. Events interns will assist with the setup and breakdown of events, guide guests to the designated event area, and assist event staff to ensure that each event runs smoothly. This internship takes place mainly after hours and on weekends. Events interns will gain experience working with a variety of events, including Museum events such as Social Science and Discovery Days. Prospective interns must be 21 years old or older to apply.
Marketing/PR interns work directly alongside Museum marketing and public relations staff. Ideal candidates must be self-motivated and possess some of the following skills: writing experience (AP style), editing experience, web/HTML knowledge, experience working in a CMS, ability to work with comparative analysis in Excel, familiarity with market research, organization and project management experience, and experience in PowerPoint. Tasks could include: organizing spreadsheets, tracking internet mentions, helping with media and donor gifts, archiving photos, writing drafts for social media and event summaries, or proofreading web and print content.
Creative Design Internship
The creative design intern will be based in the marketing department and will report to the manager of creative design. The creative design team provides outstanding design work for Museum marketing and the needs of the Museum's various departments.
The creative design intern will develop a working understanding of the design process, from conception to completion; interpret and apply graphic standards of an existing brand to create a consistent visual image; work on design for website, digital signage, and email; and gain experience presenting work to clients.
Accepted interns may also get the opportunity to participate in press checks, communicate across various Museum departments, and develop knowledge of design for website, digital signage, and email. Please include a link to your online portfolio in your resume.
Ideal candidates will be detail oriented, have experience in Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac OsX platform, have experience in web design and basic HTML coding, and have excellent skills in typography, color, and composition.
Selected interns will gain experience in the design process from conception to paint/digital, working with printers and checking a printer's proof, and in Adobe In-Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, After Effects, and Suitcase.
Applicants should include a link to their portfolio or selected pieces in addition to their application, resume, and cover letter.
Information Technology Internship
IT interns will assist with various day-to-day operations as well as projects within the Museum. Interns should display proficiency in the following skills: Computer hardware experience (Memory, HDD, CPU, computer peripherals), ability to install and configure software, basic understanding of operating systems (Windows 7 and 10 and Mac OS). Job responsibilities of a Perot Museum IT intern include: providing computer technical support for end users, installing, upgrading, and configuring software, re-imaging computers with the proper OS and drivers, responding to computer issues daily via the ticketing systems, and assisting with maintain computer inventory. The Museum has a highly complex IT environment and is seeking an intern who is passionate about our mission. IT interns will gain hands-on experience in a Museum setting working directly with staff under management of the chief operating officer.
Volunteer Services Internship
Volunteer Services interns will directly assist the volunteer services department and staff with day-to-day operations of over 2,000 volunteers including volunteer check-in and rounds, recruitment, orientation and onboarding, trainings, and motivating and encouraging current volunteers. The intern will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of what it takes to maintain and manage an efficient nonprofit volunteer program.
Public Programs Engagement Internship
The Public Programs Engagement intern will be based in the engagement department and will assist the family and adult programs manager, family and festival manager, and guest experience manager with planning and developing experiences specifically focused on a teen audience.
The intern will assist staff with planning, research, preparation and implementation of programming including: seasonal programming, community partner programs, lectures and special events. A part-time schedule with occasional evening work is required.
Prospective interns must be able to work:
Summer Nights: June 6, July 5 and August 8,
National Geographic Symphony for our World: June 21 (evening) and June 22 (matinee)
Interns will gain practical experience in program planning and delivery and network with departments across the Museum. Ideal candidates will have an interest in informal education and experience working with children and adults in an educational setting.
Discovery Camp Internship
Discovery Camp is a series of weekly science-themed sessions for students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade. Discovery Camp interns will support lead instructors in delivering summer camp curricula; serve as assistant instructors in after-care classrooms, supervising and facilitating activities for up to 20 children; and assist in the general workload of the Education Department to ensure the success of Discovery Camp.
Discovery Camp interns should be enrolled in an accredited university working towards a degree in teaching and/or a scientific discipline or mathematics. Basic knowledge and understanding of curriculum development is preferred. Interns scheduled for Discovery Camp will be Monday-Friday (times may vary) with a minimum commitment of four weeks between June 3, 2019 and August 16, 2019. Please state your availability in your cover letter.