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Geiger Museum Learning Internship

OVERVIEW

Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to celebrating Maine’s vibrant maritime culture. Because this vibrant culture includes different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices—and because our museum welcomes visitors from around the world—our institution is firmly committed to inclusion, accessibility, diversity, and equity.

If you believe in museums’ important role to reveal the past, to inform the present, and to shape the future, we invite you to join our team. You will join us on the beautiful banks of the Kennebec River, on a twenty-acre campus where collaboration and creativity are encouraged.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Geiger Museum Learning Internship offers an opportunity for a local high school or early college student (rising 11th/ 12th graders, recent high school graduates, or rising 1st/ 2nd-year college students) to explore the varied careers available in the museum and nonprofit field during summer 2024. The Geiger Museum Learning Intern will gain an up-close look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the museum. The intern will also have opportunities to meet and interview staff from across different departments to learn about their career pathways.

The intern’s primary role will be to develop a creative way to connect visitors to the stories told in our museum galleries through in-gallery programming/activities/digital content. They will work under the direction of museum education staff to gain valuable experience in completing their project from conception to implementation. Additionally, the intern will assist with other program and curatorial projects to develop professional skills in time management, accountability, effective communication, and teamwork

Examples of previous Geiger Museum Learning Intern projects have included:

  • Researching and designing a new gallery tour
  • Researching and implementing a gallery hands-on learning program for families
  • Creating social media content/videos connecting audiences to maritime history
  • The intern will complete the internship with a 10 minute presentation on their creative project to museum staff and volunteers.

The Geiger Museum Learning Internship will report to the Director of Education. The internship is open to students with a broad range of career interests seeking to sharpen their professional skills and begin building their professional portfolio. The internship is an hourly position and will not exceed 32 hours/week over the period of 6 weeks (June 26-August 4) for a total of 192 hours at the rate of $17/hour.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, develop, and facilitate an interactive learning resource to connect audiences to the museum’s maritime stories: this could include, but is not limited to, creating a gallery tour, hands-on experience, or digital content
  • Gain professional experience in collaboration, time management, public engagement, and museum interpretation/education
  • Participate in structured internship reflections with supervisor and a cohort of other museum interns and complete a culminating presentation of internship experience

Other possible intern responsibilities include:

  • Leading public-facing museum and vessel tours and/or demonstrations
  • Assisting Guest Services with visitor orientation
  • Assisting with summer camp programs
  • Collections inventory and research
  • Develop social media content
  • Attending weekly staff meetings

 

DETAILS

  • 192 hours at $17.00/hour
  • Up to 32 hours/week for six weeks between June 24-August 2, 2024 (start and end dates adjustable depending on school schedules)

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 16 years old prior to start date
  • Rising 11th/ 12th graders, recent high school graduates, or rising 1st/ 2nd-year college students
  • Desire to learn and be a part of a team
  • Open to new experiences
  • Interested in environmental studies, museums, education, art, history, and/or non-profits
  • Interested in developing professional skills
  • Experience or interest in working with the public and/or children
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a fast-pace environment
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office a plus

 

HOW TO APPLY

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a single pdf document including a cover letter, resume, and three references (professional or academic) to hr@maritimeme.org.

This position is subject to sex offender and criminal background checks. Maine Maritime Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Maine Maritime Museum