Spring Environmental Education Internship- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, MD)
December 15, 2021
Due to restricted access to SERC campus located at Edgewater, MD and/or limitations by groups to access our site and resources, the SERC Education Department is in the process of transitioning back from virtual to a limited onsite program. A hybrid onsite/virtual internship means working onsite some days of the week and remotely, delivering content for interactive virtual field trips (iVFTs). Currently our campus is open to small groups, of up to 20 students at one time, though this may change to larger groups by Spring 2022. Interns will be asked to deliver programs onsite, though they may not be onsite every day of the week.
Internship dates are flexible
Spring internships: Run late March-early June
Deadline for application: December 15th
All internships are paid $600/week and may last between 10-12 weeks. Onsite dorm housing is available on a limited basis.
Please apply online using the portal page: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public
SERC Education Department’s Mission:
Bridging the science and education programs at SERC. To do this we will engage K-12 students and educators in activities
that help them better understand the world around them, using the lens of SERC research.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR A SERC VIRTUAL/HYBRID INTERNSHIP:
A virtual Education Department intern will:
Learn how to deliver hands-on in-person and interactive virtual field trips, with skills such as facilitating the field trip, delivering the content, and managing groups.
Create content related to delivering either onsite or virtual field trips, activities, and sessions (written or visual)
Learn and apply skills related to group management field trips
Learn how to maintain and update the SERC Learning Lab platform for posting Education Department materials such as lesson plans, videos, and activities for teachers and students.
Learn how to work effectively with volunteers (from a variety of backgrounds)
Understand how to deliver at least one large scale virtual public engagement event virtually or hybrid.
Learn how to track and manage group program information, bookings, and interactions with groups.
Create a final project: Co-creating and delivering one remote field trip program to be presented to SERC at large as well as at least one other group (TBD)
Assigned readings of training materials, program content, and background for programs
Meetings with Education staff and regularly communicating via Microsoft Teams
Check-ins/working on final project
Attending trainings by Education staff
Updating group contact information, notes, and bookings
Co-hosting and facilitating online programs
Assist with Citizen Science digital initiatives as needed
Work with Education volunteers and attend Lunch n’ Learns
Help co-host SERC’s Adult Institute of Learning programs (SAIL)
Onsite, care of large aquaria and live turtles
Onsite, manage and maintain program materials, set-up and take-down for programs
For more information contact: Karen McDonald (McDonaldK@si.edu)
For any application questions: please contact Dan Gustafson (GustafsonD@si.edu)