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Museum Education Assistant (Internship)

***This internship is reserved for students eligible for the summer internship stipend. Students eligible will have been notified via email from Student Engagement & Career Development.***

Organization: Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the art of miniatures, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures houses a collection of more than 500 historical and contemporary miniatures. This collection includes two and three-dimensional artworks such as dollhouses, room boxes, paintings, sculptures, dioramas, vignettes, scale-models, and more. Special temporary exhibitions further highlight the breadth and diversity of the art of miniatures. To learn more, visit https://theminitimemachine.org/
 
Our Mission: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of miniatures.
 
Position Summary: The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures provides several different options for a meaningful internship experience. We are seeking responsible Museum Education interns for 15 to 20 hours of work per week to develop and implement STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) related programs for school children based on our museum’s collection of miniatures. Interns will gain hands-on experience with planning and preparing program supplies, teaching students, and developing content for use by students, families, and educators.
 
Role and essential duties:
 
Education internship opportunities encompass a range of possibilities such as:
·        Developing interpretive tools for school groups, adults and families.
·        Develop lesson plans and curriculum-based tours for school groups or prepare and present outreach programs in area schools. 
·        Write didactics and produce educational content for technology driven tools.
·        Facilitate programs such as Kids Create and/or summer camp and assist staff with planning and implementing family-friendly events. 
·        Develop and assist with evaluation of education materials and activities.
·        Provide informative presentations about miniatures and the Museum to school groups or professional and service organizations at venues away from the Museum including schools, libraries, community centers, and senior assisted living communities.
·        Implement the Mini Time Machine Museum’s outreach programs by providing structured lesson plans based on the museum’s collection in area classrooms and PowerPoint lectures about the museum’s collection for adults in libraries, community centers, and other public venues. School programs may be customized to meet the needs of the educator.

Education assistants are at ease with the public, encourage imagination, support inquiry, are detail oriented and work well in a team. Interns with a background in education and/or public speaking are desirable; however, imaginative assistants with an interest in language arts, history, mathematics, arts and crafts and a genuine desire to learn and share their interests are welcomed.

What you will learn:
Interns at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures have the opportunity gain hands-on experience working in a museum environment with trained professionals with many years of non-profit, education, and museum experience. Interns will be able to put their creativity to work directly with students and museum visitors in a fun and dynamic work environment. Intern products and projects often form the basis for portfolios, writing samples, and lesson plans for future positions. Interns will have opportunities to learn more about miniatures and other artistic techniques while also exploring the history, science, technology, and engineering that is necessary for making small scale items.

Timeline:
The internship will take place during the Summer 2022 with a flexible start date of in mid to late May and end date in late July or early August.
Start and End Date: between May 16 – August 10, 2022

Training:
·        Museum staff provides training and direction for specific projects and programs.
·        Interns must participate in equipment and content training as well as spend time in our museum exhibition galleries learning about the items on display.
 
Qualifications:
·        Exceptional customer service and public speaking skills
·        One or more years’ experience working with children
·        Ability to multitask and adapt to a variety of situations
·        Computer fluency including Excel and Word
·        Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
·        Attention to detail
·        Ability to maintain a calm professional demeanor when dealing with conflict and difficult situations
·        Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and independent judgment
·        First aid and/or CPR training a plus.
***This internship is reserved for students eligible for the summer internship stipend. Students eligible will have been notified via email from Student Engagement & Career Development.***

Working conditions:
·        Ability to work comfortably with diverse visitors, including those who may require special assistance
·        Ability to successfully respond to situations involving difficult customers and/or children with diverse needs/skills.
·        Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time
Dress requirements: Attire must be clean and appear presentable. Some tasks may require working with art supplies or materials that can soil clothing. Low cut or strapless blouses, cut-off jeans, tee shirts or hats with printed slogans, running shorts, flip-flops, etc., are considered inappropriate attire. Skirts/shorts/pants should be of an appropriate length and professional looking. 
Location: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is in central Tucson on the north side of Camp Lowell Dr. just west of Swan Rd. at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson, AZ 85712. Ample parking is available on-site and there is a bus stop within walking distance.
 
Remote work is a possibility for some dates or projects, but generally some in-office time will be required. Schedule will need to be discussed with the Education Director.
 
Museum hours: Tuesday– Sunday, 9:00 – 4:00; Closed Monday and Holidays.
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is handicap accessible.

How to apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter through Handshake to Mackenzie Massman, Education 
Students eligible for the summer internship stipend are eligible to apply for this internship.