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Intern at the Museum

We seek self-motivated students interested in environmental education, conservation biology, the museum field, natural history, and/or wood carving.

We offer experience in operating a small museum, teaching practice and lesson planning, visitor services, exhibit planning and construction, bird research, writing articles for lay readers, and much more.

If your school permits, academic credit may be possible.

Our current open internships are in Museum Education and Communications.

Please download our PDF descriptions (Museum Education PDF; Communications PDF) , or write to us with your own proposal, and let us help each other!

Responsibilities

Interns spend approximately 50% of their time assisting museum staff in general museum responsibilities. This includes greeting visitors, leading the monthly bird monitoring walk, helping with school groups, running the gift shop, answering bird-related questions, cleaning, and trail maintenance.

Interns write one newsletter article about their experience or a topic of their choice.

Each intern spends their remaining time on a project relating to their field(s) of interest within the museum's indoor/outdoor context. Let your interests and academic requirements inspire you; we are happy to discuss your ideas.

Interns should be able to commit 8-20 hours per week.

Project Ideas

  • Create temporary or travelling museum exhibit(s) (bird- or carving-related)
  • Create an educational trail brochure (writing, design, and printing)
  • Design and implement a field research project
  • Produce educational bulletin boards
  • Build, expand and maintain educational bird or butterfly gardens
  • Develop new trails and signage
  • Create a field guide specifically for our land
  • Plan, invite, and host an educational program for kids or adults
  • GIS projects
  • Build custom-designed bird houses or bird feeders, train others to build, and/or publish the plans

Resources for Interns

Staff members are available to assist in all aspects of your project. We have an onsite resource library and workshop. We are an Important Bird Area, and and can handle short- and long-term research projects on our 100-acres. We share some goals and resources with the near-by Audubon Center.

You might enjoy browsing some posts by and about our interns in our blog.

Contact Us

If interested, please contact:

Erin Talmage, Executive Director
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462 ~~ (802) 434-2167 ~~ E-mail