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Fall is fast approaching, and with that are internship opportunities at Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul. We have several internships that would surely interest many students involved in the Education department.

All three internships provide the intern with visitor and children interaction in an educational setting. The internships are unpaid and 100 hours total during the fall session. The application deadline is August 9, 2013. A resume, cover letter and online application are required. Applicants should apply at our website at www.mcm.org/internships.


Museum Educator Intern

Department: Museum Programs
Supervisor Title: Museum Educator staff
Classification: Intern, Temporary, Part-time
Commitment: Requires 120 hours during the internship session

Institutional Mission
Sparking children's learning through play

Position Summary
This position is primarily responsible for delivering and facilitating drop-in activities for Museum visitors. These activities include but are not limited to: classroom art activities and tactile sensory activities, in-gallery activities, large motor activities, and activities during on and offsite special events. Other responsibilities include assisting with staff-led programs, and working behind the scenes to ensure that program supplies are prepared and well-maintained.

Major Job Accountabilities
This is an estimate of the duties to be included in the internship. The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of Museum Programs staff.

% of Time
80% Facilitate programs on and off-site following Museum best practices and program write-ups.
• Greet visitors and introduce activities. Provide developmentally appropriate interaction with adults and children in order to encourage learning through play and to spark ideas for activities to try at home
• Monitor and maintain program materials, supplies and program spaces throughout program
• Demonstrate and role model being playful, engaged, welcoming and inclusive of all visitors
• Make observations, ask open ended questions and pose challenges to extend children's learning
• As needed: Provide assistance to adults and children, redirect undesirable behaviors and adapt programs for visitors of varying abilities and ages
• Provide regular feedback on programs using program assessment forms

15% Program Preparations: Complete behind-the-scenes tasks as directed such as doing inventory, prepping program supplies, collecting and tabulating program logs, washing smocks, cleaning program spaces/supplies, and putting supplies away.

5% Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
1. Minimum of 40 hours working directly with children ages 1-8, preferably in a learning-focused environment (day-camp, pre-school/school, child-care center, after-school, tutoring, or informal learning environment such as a nature center or museum). The successful applicant will possess skills and knowledge related to working effectively with this age group.
2. Some post-secondary education in a related subject (education, child psychology, child development, communication, art or music therapy, museum studies, etc.) and an interest in a career related to early childhood, informal learning environments, education, or families.
3. Ability to work well with people in general, and to work effectively and comfortably in a variety of settings - from busy to slow.
4. Ability to follow directions, work independently and complete tasks and communicate in an effective manner.
5. Ability to use feedback on performance to improve effectiveness as a program facilitator.
6. Skill in taking initiative to find and complete additional tasks when assigned work is completed.
7. Preferable skills/experience: customer service, volunteer experience, leadership roles, experience working/volunteering in family-oriented environments (interacting with adults and children together).

Training Provided
1. Intern orientation
2. Museum background and philosophy
3. Play Training (Museum educational roots and visitor interaction skills)
4. Assignment specific training
5. Optional training available depending on intern's personal schedule: "Supporting Parents in Public: Wakanheza," Annual Museum Professional Development Day - Topic TBD, Courses offered through Resources for Child Care, and more.

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Environmental Education & Live Animals Intern

Department: Museum Programs
Supervisor Title: Museum Programs Coordinator
Classification: Intern, Temporary, Part-time
Commitment: Requires 120 hours during the internship session

Institutional Mission
Sparking children's learning through play!

Position Summary
This position is responsible for conducting live and non-live animal education programs for Museum visitors. The intern will use the Museum's collection of live animals to spark visitors' interest in the natural world. In addition to programming, the intern will be responsible for providing quality care to the Museum's live animals. By successfully completing these tasks, the intern will become familiar with common practice and procedures in an animal care, enhance their public speaking and customer service skills, as well as learn how to utilize live animals for educational purposes.

Major Job Accountabilities
This is an estimate of the duties to be included in the internship. The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of Museum Programs staff.

% of Time
45 % Facilitate drop-in, interactive live and non-live animal programming for museum visitors.
45 % Assist in the care of painted turtles, box turtles, corn snake, fox snake, rats, and mice.
10 % Assist with program observation/development/research, and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
1. High school diploma and some post secondary coursework in environmental studies, biology, environmental education, natural sciences or a related field.
2. Ability to organize time and work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner.
3. Skill in coordinating tasks and projects.
4. Comfort with public speaking.
5. Computer skills, including word processing.
6. Ability to work well with people.
7. Interest in working with young children and animals mandatory.
8. Experience working with young children and animals preferred.

Training Provided
1. Intern orientation
2. Animal care and handling for various species of reptiles and mammals
3. Live and non-live animal program training

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Early Childhood Programs Intern

Department: Education and Program Development
Division: Learning Innovation
Supervisor Title: Susan Kollaja, Program Developer
Classification: Intern (10-12 hrs per week/10 weeks)

Institutional Mission
Sparking children's learning through play

Position Summary
This position is responsible in assisting the Program Developer in assessing, prototyping, observing, and evaluating facilitated programs at the Museum. The information gathered is used to ensure program objectives and educational goals are being met.

Major Job Accountabilities
This is an estimate of the duties to be included in the internship. Exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of Susan Kollaja.

% of Time
25% Preparation
• Assist in the preparation of materials for prototyping new activities
• Assist in the preparation, gathering and set up of materials for daily programs and education classes

25% Visitor Experiences
• Assist with activities in galleries and museum-wide
• Prototype new programs and materials with Museum visitors
• Facilitate programs in galleries
• Other duties as assigned

25% Information Gathering
• Observe general visitor programs
• Survey Museum visitors
• Track visitors' stay in exhibits

25% Reporting
• Compile data and generate reports
• Present information to Program Developer/ Learning Innovation Division

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
1. Formal education in early childhood or elementary education
2. Ability to organize time, work independently and follow directions
3. Skill in coordinating multiple tasks and projects
4. Computer program knowledge including Word and Excel
5. Ability to work well with people
6. Ability to communicate and document observations

Training Provided
1. Intern Orientation
2. Museum background and philosophy
3. Observation and evaluation training
4. Program facilitation as needed


For more information regarding these three internship positions, please contact:
Kimberly Nienstedt at knienstedt@mcm.org


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St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair

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Career and Internship Services will once again be hosting the St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair this fall!

St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
10:00am - 3:00pm
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center


Attend this career fair intended to help students and employers connect regarding full-time jobs and internships! Fields represented include agriculture, animal science, banking/finance, bio-based products, business, communication, food industry, marketing, sales and retail. Open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni from all University of Minnesota campuses!

Child-Care Assistants

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We are hiring for "Child-Care Assistants" at Minneapolis Kids, an after-school program at various public elementary schools across Minneapolis. If students would like to find out more about the position, they can visit our website at: http://mplskids.mpls.k12.mn.us/employment.html


We are hosting several hiring fairs in the upcoming weeks to prepare for the school year where candidates can come in, apply, have an interview, and potentially fill out paperwork to begin their new job. Our first hiring fair is on July 23rd from 12:00-3:00pm at the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411. The second hiring fair will take place on August 21st from 12:00-3:00pm. The third hiring fair will be on September 10th from 10:00am-1:00pm.

For any questions or additional information, contact Devin Carter at: devin.carter@mpls.k12.mn.us
Minneapolis Public Schools: http://mplskids.mpls.k12.mn.us

Heads up: Idealist Grad School Fairs in 18 cities!

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This fall, Idealist.org is bringing hundreds of grad schools to 18 cities across the country. If you've been thinking of applying to grad school, this is a great opportunity to meet in person with admissions staff from a variety of programs focused on the public good.

The fairs are free, and it would be great to see you there. To RSVP and for more information - including a list of all the schools that will be attending in your city - please click on this link:
http://www.idealist.org/gradfairs
Click on your city, and then on the RSVP button at the top of each page.


Here's the full schedule (all the fairs run from 5:00 to 8:00 PM):
New York - September 16
Philadelphia - September 23
Boston - September 25
Baltimore - September 30
Washington DC - October 1
Ann Arbor - October 3
Minneapolis - October 7
Chicago - October 8
Miami (Coral Gables) - October 15
Houston - October 17
Austin - October 22
Atlanta - October 23
Charlotte - October 24
Seattle - October 28
Portland - October 29
Denver - November 4
San Francisco - November 6
Los Angeles - November 7


To get a feel for the fairs, check out this short video, shot at an Idealist Grad Fair in 2013:
http://youtu.be/2gVkbnktD6A

PeaceCorps Sessions

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Application Workshop

Wednesday, July 2412:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Humphrey Center 289
301 19th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Make your application stand out from the rest. Attend this workshop to learn how a recruiter assesses applicants to match them to available assignments and how to strengthen your application. You will have your questions answered, learn steps you can take on campus and in your community to improve your application, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process. Recent grads and incoming seniors should apply now.


General Information Session

Wednesday, August 145:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Humphrey Center 289
301 19th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Make a difference in the lives of others and your own. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community in need, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this Information Session to learn about Volunteer experiences, benefits, how to qualify, and how to apply.

Randstad is hiring!

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Randstad is a world leader in matching great people with great companies. Our experienced consultants will listen carefully to your employment needs and then work diligently to match your skills and qualifications to the right job and company. Whether you are looking for temporary, temporary-to-permanent or permanent opportunities, no one works harder for you than Randstad.

Here are just a few of the positions we have available!!


- Experienced Call Center Representatives, $12 per hour
- Experienced Data Entry Clerks, $12 to $15 per hour
- Recent College Grads, $12 to $15 per hour
- Mortgage Professionals, $15+ per hour


**Positions are located in Eagan, Bloomington, or Minneapolis.
First and Second shifts available.


Please email resume and interest to Amy Audette at amy.audette@randstadusa.com or apply directly to job postings listed at www.randstadstaffing.com.


Randstad
651 Nicollet Mall
Suite 125
Minneapolis MN 55402
612-339-0416

Minnesota Historic Society Internships

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