Internships

Is this you?

We seek self-motivated students and/or recent graduates who are interested in environmental education, conservation, ornithology, museums, outreach, and/or woodcarving—not necessarily in that order!

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

If your school permits, academic credit may be possible.

Our current open internships are in

  • Conservation and Land Management (PDF)
  • Communications (PDF)
  • Education (PDF)

Please review our internship descriptions then write to us. To apply, attach a letter describing your interest, your resume, and contact information for three references.

Overview

Interns spend 50%-75% 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, assisting in outreach, and trail maintenance.

Interns write one newsletter article about their experience or a topic of their choice; this is generally posted in the museum blog as well.

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 for 6-12 weeks.

A Few Project Ideas

  • Create temporary or traveling museum exhibit(s) (bird- or carving-related)
  • Collect delighted data for ongoing citizen science projects
  • Create an educational trail brochure (writing, design, and printing)
  • Design and implement a field research project
  • Produce educational bulletin boards for on- or offsite use
  • Build, expand and maintain educational bird or butterfly gardens
  • Create a field guide specifically for our land
  • Plan, invite, and host an educational program for kids or adults
  • GIS projects
  • Compose, deliver, and analyze a social media outreach effort related to a Museum goal, exhibit, or season
  • Build custom-designed bird houses or bird feeders, train others to build, and/or publish the plans

We welcome your ideas!

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 can support short- and long-term research projects on our 100 acres. We can assist interns in developing or connecting to partnerships with other organizations.

Contact Us

If interested, please a letter describing your interest, your resume, and contact information for three references, and send that to:

Erin Talmage, Executive Director
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462