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Educational Programming for Multigenerational Family Groups

LOCATION: National Museum of Natural History (10th & Constitution Ave. NW)

DEPARTMENT: Office of Education and Outreach

DESCRIPTION: This is the project for the person interested in learning how to administer, coordinate, manage, and implement educational programs for multi-generational family groups.  With a community of over 2,000, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is one of the most visited museums in the United States and is an active center for natural history research, collections management, and education.

QUALIFICATIONS: College or graduate student with experience in, and enthusiasm for, working with children and their families—from ages pre-K through grade 12—especially in a setting where children and their caregivers learn together. Applicants  should have general knowledge of, and interest in, natural science, culture and anthropology; be organized, with a strong attention to detail, and have good interpersonal and writing skills. Applicants should also possess basic knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite would be very helpful. Individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in education, museum studies, museum education, and informal science education are preferred. Bilingual in Spanish and English would be a plus.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: In addition to a variety of soft skills, the mentorship plan for this internship will include these specific learning goals for the intern:

  • Learn skills and trends in museum education relating to visitors of all ages, but especially inter-generational family groups;
  • Develop an understanding of best practices in informal science education methodologies;
  • Gain exposure to the inner workings of a museum while pursuing academic and professional goals;
  • Learn how to execute an evaluation process for museum programming;
  • Gain experience in planning and facilitating a variety of engaging family programs;
  • Learn science communication and science education skills in an informal setting to family audiences.


TIMETABLE: Summer; May – August, 2020.  Ten weeks.  Start date will depend on students’ academic schedule, and weekly schedule is flexible. Requires a full-time commitment of 40 hours per week and the intern must be available weekends and evening hours when necessary to participate in tasks associated with the implementation of family programs.

AWARD PACKAGE: A stipend is provided; $600 per week for up to 10 weeks.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit to the contact listed below a letter of interest describing how they see the internship fitting into their professional development, a CV or resume, dates of availability, plus the names and contact information for two professional references.



Gale Robertson