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St. Paul, Minnesota
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Job Category:
Education - Training, Social Services, Non-Profit
Position type:
Part Time, Temporary, Intern
St. Paul
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Date Posted:
February 27, 2018

Summer Family Learning Intern

Minnesota Children’s Museum’s Family Learning department is responsible for maintaining a pulse on, and upholding a high level of knowledge and expertise in, the field of early childhood and parent education. We work closely with the many talented and dedicated people within various departments to bring the mission, vision, and philosophy of the Museum to life in a unified way. This position is responsible for assisting the Family Learning department with professional development and family learning initiatives.

Major Job Accountabilities:

This is an estimate of the duties to be included in this internship. The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of the Family Learning department staff.

  • Work collaboratively with Family Learning department, staff, volunteers and visitors to support Family Learning initiatives such as Family Nights and workshops for parents, staff and volunteers
  • Assist in the research, organization and preparation of materials or other relevant resources to support professional development in Early Childhood Education, Family Learning, and Parent Education 
  • Conduct observations of professional development and family learning initiatives to provide understanding and feedback. 
  • Assist in creating and using evaluation tools and feedback data to improve professional development and family learning efforts 
  • Compile data and generate reports. Present information to Family Learning

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Formal education in related field (early childhood education, parent education, psychology) or related experience with child development and playful learning with adults and children
  • Demonstrates initiative (e.g., in starting tasks, asking questions, identifying and discussing problems, ability to structure own work, stay on task)
  • High level of enthusiasm, energy, and professionalism
  • Ability to quickly know and understand, at a high level, the fundamentals of Museum learning experiences for staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Ability to understand the organization’s strategies and how they relate to the goals and objectives of the Family Learning department
  • Ability to express ideas clearly both vocally and in writing
  • Ability to use informal evaluation methods to inform learning and ability to make necessary improvements based on the results
  • Ability to explore ideas and implement with creativity, imagination, and resourcefulness
  • Ability to apply knowledge and area of expertise to the museum setting and add value to identified priorities and goals

Training Provided:

Intern orientation
The Way of Play
Ongoing assignment training

Commitment: May-August 2018. Requires 100 hours during the internship session (10-12 hours per week).  This is an unpaid internship.

                              About Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We are dedicated to providing children with a hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. With locations in St. Paul and Rochester, MCM employs 65 full-time and 65 part-time employees and engages over 1,300 volunteers annually. At MCM our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve and Strive.

Minnesota Children's Museum is dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers to reflect and equitably serve the vibrant community around us. We embrace differences in age, ability, color, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants and refugees; LBGTQIA individuals; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly.

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