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Greensboro Science Center

Greensboro Science Center

Education Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for up to three qualified interns to assist our Education Staff.  Education interns will learn about all aspects of informal education that take place at our facility including school and public programs, Aquarium presentations, and special events.  This internship is appropriate for those seeking a profession in formal/traditional or informal/nontraditional education fields.

Some internship activities are currently on hold due to COVID-19, as we are not delivering guest-facing programs like aquarium talks until it is deemed safe to do so.  Those activities in may be limited or not done at all in Fall 2021. 

What would I be doing as an Education Intern?

  • Learning how non-formal education compliments and supports formal or traditional education by correlating to and going beyond Common Core and Essential Standards.
  • Developing public speaking and presentation skills (key skills in any profession!) by engaging visitors of all ages in the aquarium through informal talks at an array of animal exhibits.
  • Assisting in our camps and classes in a wide variety of subject areas and science based activities.
  • Learning about the animals here at the Greensboro Science Center from the cute and cuddly to the creepy crawly.
  • Observing distance learning science presentations on subjects ranging from Animal Adaptations to Electricity and Magnetism.
  • Creating your own education-based project based on your interests such as a game, scavenger hunt, or other educational resource.
  • Researching information and creating documents on Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Assisting with winter break camps, spring break camps, or summer camps as scheduling permits.
  • Learning how to correctly and safely use office equipment like a laminator, copying machine, and button maker; because yes, these too are important life skills!
  • Pitching in with random projects like painting, cleaning skulls, cutting yarn, counting penguin feathers, wearing a shark mascot costume, or setting out minnow traps.
  • Assisting with and preparing for special events such as World Oceans Day, Shark Week, Science Festival, Tuxedo Trot, and Pajama Jam.

 

What would my schedule be like?

On-site scheduling can be arranged around the intern’s class schedule.  Education Interns are typically on site a minimum of two days a week, around four hours each day.  We require a minimum of 120 hours to complete an internship. Weekday morning availability is required.  The start and end dates for this internship are flexible but will be completed between August and December.  A minimum of 120 hours is required during that time frame for the successful completion of a non-animal care internship.  Please note that in order to receive credit as a GSC intern, you must complete that number of hours regardless of any school or program requirements which may be less than that.

 

Who would I be learning from?

  • Martha Regester, VP of Education
  • Alison Manka, School and Aquarium Programs Manager
  • Courtenay Vass, Community Programs Manager

What is the GSC looking for in an intern?

An internship with the Education Team might be for you if:

  • You are able to work in a team environment as well as independently.
  • You have good communication skills and are comfortable talking with guests of all ages in a variety of settings.
  • You are looking to further your teaching, engaging, and presentation skills, but already enjoy talking with people.
  • You want to learn about informal science education and how we connect with general visitors, members, and school groups.
  • You have a college level background (or are working on one) in teaching, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science or other related science program. Preference is given to students currently enrolled in school.
  • You are reliable and can commit to at least 120 hours with us.
  • You take pride in what you do and want to make a difference in the world through science education.
  • Interns must complete all paperwork and pass a background check.

Further Comments

All staff, volunteers and interns are currently required to wear masks at all times, per state guidelines. To learn more about our COVID-19 safety procedures, visit our website at www.greensboroscience.org.

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How to Apply

How do I apply?

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of the names and contact information of three people who can provide professional references for you (you do not need to submit the actual references) to internships@greensboroscience.org by 11:59PM EST on July 1 for best chance of consideration– although the application deadline may be rolling due to COVID-19.  Please combine all three documents into one document with a file name that indicates your name and the internship you are applying for.  Please note that we are recruiting for 3 internships this semester so please make it very clear WHICH internship you are applying for in your materials.  Example John_Smith_Education_Internship.

 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  You will receive a bounce back email to confirm receipt of your application materials.  No phone calls please.  Should you have any questions, please send them to the email address provided above.  Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.  We are unable to contact all applicants directly.

Internship opportunities are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable.  Completion of an internship at the GSC does not come with the promise of future part-time or full-time employment.

 

Greensboro Science Center
4301 LAWNDALE DR
GREENSBORO, NC 27455
Phone: 3362883769
Fax: greensboroscience.org

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