Education Intern - GSO Science Center

Company Description
The Greensboro Science Center is an aquarium, museum and zoo -- all in one location, for one price! Located in beautiful Greensboro, North Carolina, it's the perfect way to spend a day with your family and friends.

Intern Responsibilities
About the Education Internship
Education interns take two directions; either weighted toward summer camps or public presentations. 

Summer Science Camp Assistants share their science enthusiasm to teach hands-on, minds-on science classes for children ages 4 through 12 in general sciences, ages 5 through 17 in robotics.
Assistants have a diverse job that requires flexibility, patience and a sense of humor.
Primarily, assistants work with a variety of teachers throughout the summer to present material to campers but also support camps by carrying out administrative duties such as checking in/out campers, supervising lunch and snack breaks, filling materials and preparing for upcoming camps.

For a listing of science camps we offer see our website: Assistants report to the Community Programs Manager but work with different paid and volunteer staff during classes. 

Informal Educators will learn about all aspects of informal education that take place at our facility including public programs, Aquarium presentations, and special events.  This internship is appropriate for those seeking a profession in formal/traditional or informal/nontraditional education fields. Hours for this position are more flexible.

What would I be doing as an Education Intern?
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 our Summer Science Camps with children ages 4-14 in a wide variety of subject areas and science based activities.

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, and Pajama Jam.

Pay Rate
$8.75 per hour
This is an hourly position, up to 40 hours/week M-F

Summer interns commit to schedules determined by Program Managers. Summer Camp Assistants do not need to work every summer week but must work M-F for consistency on their assigned weeks. Informal Educators may work a different combination of full or half days as scheduled. 

Start Date
June 4, 2018
End Date
August 17, 2018

Start / End date flexible?
Please note: all Fellows will attend the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute at the Center for Creative Leadership on either June 11 & 12, 2018 or June 18 & 19, 2018. If hired as an intern through the Fellows Program, you will attend one of the sessions in June.

Our organization is interested in hiring:
Review required qualifications below.
Work Authorization: Our organization will consider hiring interns with the following work authorization:
U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

International student legally authorized to work on a F1 Visa

International student legally authorized to work on a J1 Visa

Majors Seeking:
Education, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science or other related science program
Address of Internship location
4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455

Required Qualifications:
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 education, 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.

Work Environment
Who would I be learning from?

Martha Regester, VP of Education
Courtenay Vass, Community Programs Manager
Alison Manka, School and Aquarium Programs Manager
Additional Internship Perks
I think the most beneficial part of my internship experience at the GSC was just seeing the behind the scenes work of a nonprofit.  I really got a good look at how an education department runs and what it would be like to work for a nonprofit.  [My internship] confirmed what I did and did not want out of a job after graduating which was invaluable.  And even though it sounds silly, it was incredibly beneficial to learn some of the more administrative tasks like how to use office equipment.  It really did make me feel more prepared in the 'real world'.” Meg T., Education Intern, Spring 2013

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You have successfully submitted materials for one internship in the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program. To apply for additional internships, please revisit the INTERNSHIPS page. Each internship requires separate materials, as noted on each individual internship page.

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1. Complete the application on the APPLY page (you are required to submit a professional letter of recommendation as part of the application).

2. Apply for individual internships on the INTERNSHIPS page.

You must complete both steps by the deadline of Monday, February 26 at noon for consideration.

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