Are you a first- or second-year Amherst College student who would like to spend your summer on campus working closely with Beneski Museum staff to explore your interest in Natural History Collections and Science Communication? A summer internship may be perfect for you!
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Each summer, a limited number of internships for first and second year AC students will be awarded. The program runs for 6-8 weeks beginning in June. Applications normally open the start of the spring semester. First consideration shall be given to applications received by Friday, March 1st each year.
Under the supervision of members of the museum staff, summer interns will gain experience operating a science museum, assisting with educational programming, and caring for museum collections. Aside from docent duties, other projects and responsibilities within the museum are listed below.
- Working as an Educational Docent during public hours
- Staffing museum events
- Helping with museum upkeep
- Data entry
Individual projects may include:
- Education/Curriculum PK - Adult
- Designing educational programming for visiting groups
- Designing educational programming for individual and family visitors
- Assisting with research on the Beneski’s collections
- Assisting with curation and collections management
- Creating social media content
No experience in Natural History is required, but a positive attitude, curiosity about the world and museums, and attention to detail is a must.
- Start date: Mid-June - End date the first weekend of August.
- Tuesday-Sunday during museum hours, 30-40 hours/week for 6-8 weeks
- Fully funded campus board plan, which include on-campus housing and 2 meals per day at Val
- Can non-U.S. citizens/residents apply? Yes
- Can I apply to the program if I am not an Amherst College student? No
- Can a student submit an application after the deadline? Yes, but priority is given to first round applications.
- When are decisions made and how will I be notified?Applications will be reviewed in mid to late March. Email notifications will be sent out late March or early April.
Successful applicants will work closely with museum staff on meaningful projects and gain experience in the operation of a mid-sized museum. Interns will also gain insight into the strategies for educational development, community programming, and scientific preservation through diverse education initiatives and cutting-edge preservation work.
In addition to gaining specialized experience within museum departments and an understanding of each department’s role within the museum, interns will get the opportunity to participate in other excursions. Interns will visit local and regional museums to meet museum professionals and critically observe how museums work.