Research and Evaluation Intern—Exhibits

Position Title: Research and Evaluation Intern—Exhibits 

Reports To: Director of Research and Evaluation

Internship Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Summary

The Children's Museum pursues an active research program to understand audience preferences, the effectiveness of exhibits and the success of various programs.  We are especially interested in how families use the museum and benefit from their visit. Using highly focused visitor observations, interviews, and questionnaires, interns will collect and analyze data and report findings. 

Internship Description:

Possible internship projects include:

  • Collecting data for exhibit and program evaluation:
  • Participating in scheduled training and practice exercises to conduct observations and interviews.
  • Unobtrusively observing visitor use of exhibits and programs on a daily basis.
  • Interviewing visitors about their experience in an exhibit or program.
  • Entering visitor interview and observation data into a database and preparing preliminary written reports.
  • Performing basic data analysis and visualization. 

Requirements:

Intern should:

  • Be available at least 15 hours per week over the course of the internship
  • Be available occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Have at least a junior level undergraduate standing.
  • Be majoring in Museum Studies, Education, Anthropology, Arts Administration, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Marketing, although other areas of study will be considered.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Record information accurately.
  • Have some experience with data collection, analysis, and/or report writing.
  • Be an outgoing person who enjoys talking with museum visitors and be able to facilitate conversations without leading responses.
  • Have excellent time management skills, be a self-starter and self-directed.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.