Title: Petersen Museum Education Intern, Fall 2015

Department: Education

Reports to: Director of Education 

Schedule: Eight to ten hours per week from mid-September through mid-December (approximately 14 weeks). We will work with Interns to create a schedule that fits the needs of both the students and the department.

Compensation: $10 per hour

Position Summary:

Founded in 1994, The Petersen Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on American life. The Petersen Automotive Museum is currently closed for renovation and will re-open in December 2015 with three floors of all new exhibits and all new public programs.

The Petersen Automotive Museum seeks an intern to work as part of its Education team to help build the department and create new programs leading up to the museum’s re-opening in December 2015.  Education Interns will be at the museum at a unique time of reinvention and innovation. In particular, Interns will learn how museum education enhances the experience of the guests by providing valuable interpretation of and a deeper connection to the content presented in the exhibits. Interns will be involved in a variety of program development and administrative processes and gain a wide experience of the types of activities involved in planning successful museum education programs.

Job Duties:

  • Assist with creating a new Highlights Guided Tour for the general public that covers three floors of exhibits and the architecture of the museum.
  • Assist with finding creative ways to staff and manage the Mechanical Institute Discovery Center, an interactive gallery on the 2nd floor of the museum designed specifically for young visitors. This may include working shifts in the Discovery Center.
  • Manage contact lists of teachers and other groups who are interested in visiting or collaborating with the museum.
  • Prepare and assemble materials for Docent training, which may include research or collaboration with the Curatorial Department.
  • Assistance with various other projects or administrative work as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required:

  • Enrollment in a college or university degree program in education, history, museum studies, nonprofit management, or related field
  • Ability to be self-directed and demonstrate strong problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Specifically Excel and Word) and the use of databases
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills
  • Team player who is flexible and can work in an unstructured or unpredictable environment
  • Experience managing or working with volunteers is a plus but not a necessity
  • Interest in cars is a plus but not a necessity

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, three references, and short writing sample to [email protected]. No calls please. Include subject line “Education Intern Application”.