College Student Internships

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College Student Internships2019-02-05T14:28:49+00:00

Semester and summer part-time positions are available either as a work-study job (current starting rate of $10.15/hr), an internship paid by stipend, or for course credit. Some positions also are available as unpaid internships. Check with the listed supervisor for which options apply to a particular position and the commitment of hours per week. Internships for course credit must be approved by the student’s school or department. Other benefits:

  • A WonderLab membership at the Dual Level for the student “+ guest” that provides free admission to WonderLab and reciprocal free admission to more than 350 science centers worldwide for a year
  • A 20% discount in the museum gift store
  • Substantive work that can build your portfolio in your field
  • Free food, often homemade, in the break room
  • A “home away from home” friendly atmosphere off campus in Bloomington
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Send a separate email to the supervisor specifying whether you’re applying for an academic year or summer internship.

Animal Care 

Six positions each term supervised by Sam Couch.  Join the Animal Care Team and get hands-on experience in the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits such as habitat maintenance, direct animal care and observation, as well as exhibit improvement and creation. Interns also interact with museum guests doing live animal demonstrations. Applicants should have interest in biology and animals – particularly reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish – as well as children and hands-on science. This position is available to applicants with work-study funding, as an unpaid internship or for college credit with the Indiana University Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB). Typical commitment is seven hours per week with occasional evenings.

Full Job Description

Development and Membership 

WonderLab seeks a motivated, organized, friendly, and enthusiastic intern to assist with fund development activities during the 2018-19 academic year. The development intern works closely with the Development Director to help with donor research, cultivation, and stewardship, as well as working on the Museum’s biggest fundraising event of the year: the Science Night Out gala.

One position for each term, supervised by Esther Smail. Position available with work-study funding or stipend or for course credit. Support and help maintain WonderLab’s membership program. Responsibilities include processing mailings, updating membership database and files, and conducting projects as assigned. Applicant should have the ability to learn new skills and be detail oriented. Applicant who can commit to fall and spring semesters are preferred. Must be available 5 to 8 hours per week. Write to supervisor for full position description.  Esther@wonderlab.org

Education 

One to two positions available. Supervised by the Education Director. Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 5 – 8 hours per week.

Job Description: WonderLab seeks passionate and skilled early childhood education (ECE) interns. The primary role of this intern is to assist with planning, facilitating, and evaluating the museum’s early childhood education (ECE) programs. Our primary ECE programs are: Science Sprouts – a science enrichment program for children under 3 and Discovery Time – a science enrichment program for children 3 to 6. Science Sprouts is every Thursday from 9:15 to 9:45 and 10 to 10:30, and Discovery Time is every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30. In order to be considered for this position, ECE intern must be available to work from 9:15am to 11am on Thursdays and/or Wednesdays.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in early childhood education and informal science education. Juniors, seniors, or MA students studying early childhood education, child development, or library science are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email Education Director Emmy Brockman at emmy@wonderlab.org

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist. Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 7-10 hours per week, and must have some Sunday availability.

Job Description: The WonderLab Science Education Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in museum work as well as training in formal and informal science education. Interns will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. Interns will help to enhance visitor experience and educational opportunities by assisting with the coordination of workshops and presentations, staffing weekly activities, and aiding the education team with program preparations. In addition, all interns will work on a project throughout their internship that allows them to create a small program or exhibit at the museum on a topic that they are interested and knowledgeable in.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist at museumeducator@wonderlab.org

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Outreach and Elementary Education Specialist. Position available with work-study funding, course credit, or a small stipend up to $500.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week dependent on the scheduled off-site programs and museum events.

Job Description: The WonderLab Science Outreach Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in science presentation as well as training in formal and informal science education. The intern will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. The intern will assist with preparing, organizing, and presenting interactive science shows and hands-on activity stations at off-site programs during the Summer of 2019.  The incumbent will also help to enhance visitor experience and educational opportunities at the museum by assisting with workshops, presentations, staffing weekly activities, and program preparations as time allows. In addition, the intern may elect to take on an independent project during their internship to create a science show or set of activities on a topic that is of interest to them.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields with a background in public speaking/presentations are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Outreach and Elementary Education Specialist at educationoutreach@wonderlab.org

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Secondary and Adult Education Specialist.Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 7-10 hours per week, occasional weekend events

Job Description: The WonderLab Technology Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in science presentation as well as training in formal and informal science education. The intern will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. The intern will assist with the development of technology and computer science related programming at the museum. This position will assist with improving computer science related exhibits in the gallery, as well as the development of programming classes and workshops offered at various levels. The student will need experience in computer science/programming.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields with a background in public speaking/presentations are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist at museumeducator@wonderlab.org

Gallery Operations 

3-4 positions available per term. 1 Events Co-Coordinator position available. Supervised by Autumn Brunelle.
5-10 hours per week.
Positions available for work-study funding, course credit, and experience.

WonderLab is seeking interns excited to lead birthday parties, facilitate events and evening rentals, and create positive customer experiences. Events Interns will be responsible for hosting birthday parties, leading educational science demonstrations and activities, set up, post-party clean up, greeting and assisting guests, and developing new party themes and/or activities. Evening events include: After Dark, Night at the Museum, Study Break, and private after-hours museum rentals. Applicants should enjoy interacting with the public, are self-motivated, have a passion for learning, and have weekend availability. Intern must work at least two birthday parties and one evening event per month. A background in science is not required.

Multiple positions for each term, supervised by Ella Heckman. Position available with work-study funding or for course credit. Get broad experience working in a museum in the areas of Gallery Operations (including WonderGarden), Programs, and Volunteers. Applicant should enjoy interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, be proficient using basic computer software, and have experience in at least one of these areas: gardening, interpretation, natural science or education. Must be available 8-12 hours per week. Write to supervisor for full position description, ella@wonderlab.org.

One position available, supervised by Ella Heckman. Approximately 10-12 hours per week. Position available with work study funding or course credit.

Plan and lead weekly interpretive activities in the WonderLab garden, supervise and direct volunteers during twice monthly work sessions in the WonderLab garden and provide regular maintenance to the WonderLab garden. Applicant should have gardening and informal education experience.

Apply online, or write to supervisor for full position description and more information – ella@wonderlab.org.

Marketing 

WonderLab Graphic Design Interns are inspired, driven creatives with a strong understanding of visual communication, page composition and information hierarchy. Graphic design interns should be comfortable working quickly on multiple assignments with tight deadlines. Basic position tasks include: updating existing designs with correct information, altering designs to work in multiple formats (eps, tiff, jpg, vector), maintaining and developing WonderLab’s brand identity in all marketing materials, and creating designs with a good balance of text and visuals. More experienced interns may work on original design and branding projects, large format posters, or multipage documents. Lead Graphic Design Interns will also serve as advisors regarding visual elements for the rest of the marketing team. Possible design projects for each position include: posters, brochures, banners, signs, print ads, online ads, special event invites and materials, and graphics for website and social media channels.

All Graphic Design Intern applicants must have a high level of expertise with Adobe Creative Cloud applications on an Apple platform, especially InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Applicants must be able to work independently on multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Graphic Design majors (Jr., Sr., BFA candidates) and those with illustration experience preferred.

Lead Graphic Design Interns work approx. 10-12 hours per week with mandatory attendance at weekly marketing team meetings and have some supervisory tasks. Entry Level Graphic Design Interns work 8-10 hours per week. Positions are available with work-study funding or stipend or for course credit or volunteer.

To apply:

  • Fill out the WonderLab intern application on this website
  • Send, resume, cover letter and links to three portfolio pieces to Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org

Applicants who move to the second round of the application process will be asked to create an original poster design for a specific museum event. Note: Any design created as part of the application process will remain the property of the applicant and will not be used by the museum unless arrangements are made at the time of hiring.

Contact Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org with any questions.

WonderLab Film/Video Production Interns are inspired film makers dedicated to telling stories that change lives. Film/Video Production Interns should be comfortable working quickly on multiple assignments with tight deadlines. Basic position tasks include: filming/photographing museum visitors, programs, and events, adding to the museum B-roll archive, and cataloging photos and videos on museum’s Flickr account. More experienced interns may write, direct, film and edit original stories for the museum.

All Film/Video Production Intern applicants must have a high level of expertise with Adobe Creative Cloud applications on an Apple platform, especially Premier, Lightroom, After Effects and Photoshop. Applicants must be able to work independently on multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Media School majors (Jr., Sr., candidates) preferred.

Film/Video Production Interns work approximately 10-12 hours a week with mandatory attendance at weekly marketing team meetings and may have some supervisory tasks. Entry level Film/Video Production Interns work 8-10 hours per week. All positions are available with work-study funding or stipend or for course credit or volunteer.

To apply:

  • Fill out the WonderLab intern application on this website
  • Send, resume, cover letter and digital portfolio link to Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org

Contact Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org, with any questions.

WonderLab Public Relations Interns are positive and energetic with impeccable social skills. PR Interns should be comfortable working with the public and as part of an energetic marketing team. Basic position tasks include working museum events, distributing museum materials, working with data entry, sales and market analytics. More experienced interns may represent WonderLab in the community, develop promotions, run social media campaigns, and/or design campaigns to meet strategic goals.

Applicants must be proficient in G-Suite, Word, Excel, and social media channels. Must be able to work independently on multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Public relations majors (Jr., Sr.) with a concentration in non-profit branding and messaging preferred. Some weekend and evening hours are required.

Lead PR Interns work approx. 10-12 hours a week with mandatory attendance at weekly marketing team meetings and have some supervisory tasks. Entry level PR Interns work 8-10 hours per week. All positions are available with work-study funding or stipend or for course credit or volunteer.

To apply:

  • Fill out the WonderLab intern application on this website
  • Send, resume, cover letter and three writing samples to Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org

Three writing samples must include:

  1. three social media posts about a single topic written for 3 different channels (FB, IG, twitter)
  2. a short article written for a public audience in AP Style with sources
  3. a random writing sample

Contact Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org, with any questions.

WonderLab Editorial Interns are strong written communicators with a flair for the descriptive, a high level of accuracy and a sense of fun. Editorial Interns should be comfortable working quickly on multiple assignments with tight deadlines. Basic position tasks include: drafting press announcements for upcoming programs and events, crafting copy for news outlets (calendars, monthly updates, paid advertorials), researching educational topics, and drafting social media posts for Facebook, twitter or IG. More experienced interns may work reporting on WonderLab projects and exhibits, writing original blog posts, ghost writing commentary on national science topics, crafting text for various museum campaigns and original content development. Lead Editorial Interns will also serve as advisors regarding content for the rest of the marketing team.

Applicants should be excellent writers with a passion for the craft. Applicants must be proficient in G-Suite, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Applicants must be familiar with various forms of writing: magazine style, press release, in-depth articles, persuasive articles, editorials, and letters. Some weekend and evening hours are required.

Lead Editorial Interns work approx. 10-12 hours a week with mandatory attendance at weekly marketing team meetings and may have some supervisory tasks. Entry Level Editorial Interns work 8-10 hours per week. All positions are available with work-study funding or stipend or for course credit or as volunteer.

To apply:

  • Fill out the WonderLab intern application on this website
  • Send, resume, cover letter and three writing samples to Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org

Three writing samples must include:

  1. a social media post about a single topic written for 3 different channels (FB, IG, twitter),
  2. a short article written for a public audience in AP Style with sources
  3. a random writing sample

Contact Aleisha Kropf, marketing@wonderlab.org with any questions. 

1 position available, supervised by Aleisha Kropf. Approx. 8-10 hours a week. Positions available with work-study funding, stipend, for course credit or volunteer.  Position tasks include:

  • Photographing various museum visitors, programs, and events.
  • Producing video content for WonderLab’s website and social media channels.
  • Cataloging photos and videos on museum’s Flickr account.

Applicant should be an experienced photographer, videographer and video editor. Must be proficient in Photoshop, Premier, Final Cut, iMovie etc. Must be able to work independently on multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Some weekend and evening hours are required.  Cover letter and a digital portfolio or link to your work must be sent to marketing@wonderlab.org.  Contact supervisor with any questions: marketing@wonderlab.org.

Visitor Services 

Multiple positions supervised by Jennifer Jenkins Be part of a Visitor Services Team at the welcome desk which provides a friendly, warm greeting to museum visitors. Responsibilities include assisting guests with their needs, helping managers with administrative tasks, and handling admissions, memberships, and gift store sales. Applicants should have retail or customer service experience and the ability to learn museum’s POS system. Write to supervisor for full position description.

Volunteer Department

One position supervised by Jeanne Gunning. Be part of the Volunteer Services Team, which provides a welcoming atmosphere for museum volunteers. Responsibilities include greeting volunteers, scheduling, assisting with volunteer training, and maintaining database records. Applicants must have Friday and/or weekend availability, and should have demonstrated ability to learn new skills and be detail oriented. Those who have previous volunteer experience preferred. Write to supervisor for full position description.

WonderCamp 

Position supervised by Jeanne Gunning, stipend is available.

The intern’s role is to be the main support person for the high school interns at WonderCamp. Each camp has four interns who run lively science activities with the young campers.

Responsibilities: Help recruit high school students to serve as interns at WonderCamp, which will be held at University Elementary School (UES) Monday – Thursday and at WonderLab on Friday.  Field and follow up inquiries about internships. Help train high school interns. Manage records of prospective and active interns. Coordinate with WonderCamp director and camp teachers on intern duties. Schedule interns for camp sessions. Supervise and act as mentor to 60+ high school interns during WonderCamp. Manage intern evaluations. Prepare final reports on camp.

Qualifications: Ability to work independently. Reliable with a strong work ethic. Proficient in PC software programs (e.g., Word, Excel). Experience working with teens and volunteers. Excellent organizational, oral and written skills. Reliable transportation. Available to work full-time (40 hrs per week) during seven camp weeks and the camp set up week and part-time May – July (non-camp weeks).

Position supervised by Colleen Couper, stipend is available.

The WonderCamp Assistant Director intern plays an important role interacting with community partners and program participants. They will work closely with the Camp Director on administrative tasks, explain and interpret program activities and goals, coordinate activities and render program services.

Responsibilities: Assist Camp Director with administrative tasks such as camp roster preparation, record-keeping, mailing and attendance. Organize, pack and materials and supplies for our offsite camp program. Assist in the inventory and acquisition of materials and supplies for the summer camp program for the seven-week camp period. Assist in setting up, preparing and organizing materials at the camp location. Help supervise camp interns during the camp weeks. Assist camp teachers with activities during camp sessions as needed. Supervise outdoor activities of campers on playground and nature area, as needed.

Qualifications: Excellent communicator. Enthusiastic, willing to learn, highly accountable. Reliable with strong work ethic. Comfort/experience working with children and adults. Excellent organizational, oral and written skills. Reliable transportation. Available to work full-time (40 hrs per week) during camp weeks and the camp set up week and part-time May – July (non-camp weeks).

Position supervised by Colleen Couper, stipend is available.

The safety and recreation interns will be primarily responsible for maintaining a safe environment, resolving conflicts, and encouraging positive interactions among campers and high school interns.  The safety and recreation interns play an important role interacting with community partners and program participants. They will work closely with the Camp Director on administrative tasks, explain and interpret program activities and goals, coordinate activities and render program services.

Responsibilities: Help set up classrooms at University Elementary School (UES) and WonderLab Museum. Oversee lunch and playground activities and ensure campers and interns know what is expected of them during lunch and recess. Maintain a safe environment, resolve conflicts, and encourage positive interactions among campers and high school interns.  Set up indoor recess.  Plan and implement recycling and composting systems and incorporate “teachable moments”.  Assist camp teachers with activities as needed. Update the WonderCamp Safety and Emergency Action Plan as needed.

Qualifications: Ability to work in a fast-paced team-oriented environment. Reliable with strong work ethic. Experience working with children and teens. Excellent organizational, oral and written skills. Reliable transportation. Available Monday to Friday during seven camp weeks from 8:00am – 1:30pm or 11:30am -5:00pm.

Position supervised by Colleen Couper. This position is paid via a stipend. Position begins May 7th and ends July 26th.

WonderCamp’s purpose is to introduce children (grades K-6) to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting. The WonderCamp Offsite Camp Coordinator oversees day to day operation at WonderCamp’s offsite camps held at Bloomington Cooking School, Hilltop Garden, Hoosier Heights, and WTIU. This includes interacting with teachers, high school interns, community partners and program participants; making sure materials are organized and available; and helping the camp day run smoothly.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up camp materials at the camp location.
  • Run high school intern training sessions with other camp staff.
  • Help supervise camp interns during the camp weeks.
  • Assist camp teachers with activities during camp sessions as needed.
  • Travel to offsite camps and oversee day-to-day operations.
  • Maintain clear and consistent communication with Camp Director about offsite camp needs and issues.
  • Supervise outdoor activities of campers on playground and nature area, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Enthusiastic, willing to learn, highly accountable.
  • Reliable with strong work ethic.
  • Comfort/experience working with children and adults.
  • Certification in CPR and first aid, or willingness to become certified.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Available to work full-time (40 hrs per week) starting May 7 and through July 26. (Exception: there are no camps July 1-5)

Application Instructions:

  • You can attach your resume to the application.

If you have been awarded work-study funding and have been hired for such a position at WonderLab, you may contact Mary Sommer with questions regarding required documents and procedures for getting paid.