Employer: L. C. Bates Museum
Internship Number: 480
Internship Title: Various positions, such as Collections Management Intern, Programming/Education Intern, or Exhibit Development & Design Intern
Location: Hinckley, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available each term:  Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley is an early 20th century museum of natural history and culture that strives to preserve and exhibit its collections and provide educational services to our community.

Interns at L. C. Bates Museum have opportunities to learn skills as they support the museum collections care, educational activities, administrative work, or exhibition development.  It is estimated that most student interns would work approximately 12 to 15 hours per week.

For more information on the L. C. Bates Museum, visit their website at:  http://www.gwh.org/lcbates/LCBatesMuseum.aspx

Responsibilities:
There are several possible internship opportunities at L. C. Bates.  Each would be determined by the interests of the student and the needs of the museum.  Three samples are listed below:

Collection Management:  Interns will learn and carry out basic collections management activities.  Tasks include cataloguing and inventory work, digital imaging projects and library and archives collections management.  Basic computer skills are required, and any background in natural history, Maine history, or anthropology would be helpful.  Interns’ work can include researching, storing, and cataloging specific collections that relate to their field of interest.

Programming/Education:  For this internship, a background in natural history, environmental education, history, education, childhood development and/or curriculum development is a plus.  Interns might develop exhibits and programs related to the museum’s collections.  They would research and develop self-guided visitor and docent-led activities that enhance visitor experiences.  These activities might include touchable, interpretive “discovery boxes” or museum exploration/scavenger hunts.  Tasks include but are not limited to conducting research on artifacts, developing educational goals for each activity and researching and developing evaluation tools for programs and activities.

Exhibit Development and Design:  Design preparation, maintenance, and exhibit evaluation.  Sample projects might include developing and designing a temporary exhibit; preparing and designing graphics for an exhibition, poster series or publication; or for the newsletter.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in natural history and cultural history
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly for the Programming/Education internship position
  • Organized, detail-oriented individual
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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