Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Explore the non-paid internship opportunities for students interested in completing internship credit hours through their institution.

We offer several non-paid internship opportunities for students and individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience, preparing them for their next career step. We accept applications from student and recent grads. For all our for-credit internships, interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program related to the internship and be able to receive credit for the internship through their institution. Check out all opportunities below.

 

Collections Department

Collections Storage Renovation Project Intern

The Collections department at the Rochester Museum & Science Center would like to host students looking to acquire a variety of skills in collections management. Storage renovation interns will work closely with the Collections Manager and Collections Planning Specialist to clean, re-house, move, and document a wide range of collections objects such as zoological specimens, ethnological objects, household textiles, paintings and industrial technology collections. Exact internship duties may change based on day-to-day operations, as well as the interest and competencies of the intern. Individuals with a background in museum studies, history, natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, geology, and library sciences preferred, but not required. Successful applications will gain skills in areas such as object identification, object handling and basic cleaning, data compilation, collection documentation, and overall collections management.

Hours

Hours and schedule are subject to the availability of the intern, but a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester is preferred. After the time commitment is determined, the Collections Registrar and intern will find a suitable weekly schedule (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am to 1pm, OR 1pm to 5pm).

To Apply

Send a (1) resume and (2) cover letter addressed to Michael Barone, Collections Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions? Please call 585.271.4332 x353.

Archival Intern (PAID)

In 2003 the Rochester Museum & Science Center began a Rochester Latino Documentary Heritage project. This project intended to identify collections pertaining to the local Latinx community, to encourage donations, and to raise consciousness about the importance of preserving collections. This project resulted in the donation of four archival collections related from the Latinx community. These collections need to be processed, arranged, and described to current archival standards.

This internship will provide an introduction to archival arrangement and description including physical processing, preservation, and cataloging. The internship will offer experience working in a special collection library and archive. The intern will also receive an overview of the best archival practices as well as exposure to the tools and resources necessary. This paid internship is made possible through a grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council.

Under the supervision of the Archivist-Librarian, the intern will:

  • Arrange and describe four archival collections.
  • Digitize objects in the collections.
  • Create MARC records for the collections and make them available on WorldCat, RMSC library catalog, and the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative.

In addition to regularly scheduled meetings between the supervisor and intern to evaluate workflow, task completion dates and priorities, the supervisor will also provide periodic evaluations, coaching, and mentorship as needed. The supervisor will also complete the necessary forms, interviews and assessments required by the college, university, or academic institution awarding credit for the internship.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Good critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and with a team.
  • Preferred experience with relevant information technology, eg. Microsoft Office & Word.
  • This is a for-credit internship only; intern must be enrolled and receive credit.
  • Spanish fluency or familiarity is preferred.

Additional Information:

  • This position will offer 120 hours or work total, with a flexible timeline in the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters.
  • This is a paid internship with a stiped of $2,400. The intern will be paid by the Rochester Regional Library Council.
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center.

To Apply:

Please email your resume or CV and a brief cover letter to: Stephanie Ball, Archivist-Librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 24, 2020.

Exhibits Department

Exhibits Intern

Interns in the exhibits department utilize their time and artistic expertise in the design and production of exhibits within the museum. Our in-house exhibit personnel look for interns with fine arts, woodworking, sculpting, painting, digital media or animation backgrounds to help create engaging exhibits for the museum.

Some of the tasks that you may be involved in as an intern include:

  • Creating and building of exhibit furniture, kiosks and exhibit environments.
  • Maintaining and improving exhibits.
  • Developing exhibit graphics
  • Creating scale models for use in exhibit development and within exhibits.
  • Creating animations and digital media for use in exhibits.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Available during some hours from Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, no weekends, no holidays.
  • Backgrounds in fine arts, woodworking, sculpting, painting, digital media or animation are preferred.

To Apply:

A completed application form AND a resume submitted to Lois Shaffer, Deputy Director of Exhibits at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An interview with a portfolio may be requested

Marketing Department

Marketing Intern

Spring 2020 Marketing & Communications Internship

Description:

The Marketing department at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is looking for a talented and ambitious marketing intern to join our team for the spring as part of a for-credit internship through their college (we are also open to discussing non-credit internships as well). Interns will work hand in hand with the Marketing Manager and Digital Marketing Specialist, assisting with projects and processes that provide them exposure to all facets of marketing for the RMSC.

Throughout the spring, the intern will help develop and implement marketing campaigns, develop content for social media and monitor engagement, support website management, develop analytics reports, write press releases, design marketing materials using Canva, and research potential audiences. Interns will attend all internal marketing meetings and some meetings with our ad agency. They will also participate in marketing strategy sessions. During the spring, interns are expected to take on one long-term project to present at the end of the internship. Please note that exact duties may change and develop according to the interest and competencies of the intern.

Our goal is to offer a well-rounded intern experience, thus beyond the day to day responsibilities, interns will have discovery meetings with our President & CEO, VP of Advancement, VP of Finance, and Ad Agency Account Director. Each meeting will offer a fresh perspective on the inner workings of the organization. Additionally, interns will have experiences at each RMSC facility including, the Science Museum exhibits & collections, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, and the Cumming Nature Center. At the end of the internship, each intern will have acquired marketing skills that will prepare them for any marketing-related work environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor social media platforms and manage comments/messages as needed
  • Manage social content calendar; develop/implement social media content that informs and educates the community in a fun way and drives engagement. Development of content includes writing social post copy, pulling photography, and/or developing graphics using Canva.
  • Make timely website updates and maintain RMSC events/programs webpages (no experience with website management needed)
  • Create and schedule emails via mailchimp, writing emails, pulling graphics, managing contact lists
  • Learn to use Hootsuite, Facebook Ad Manager, Joomla content management system, and Mailchimp
  • Assist in regular analytics reporting, including user and reach data for social media email, and website.
  • Assist in writing press releases and other editorial content
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Marketing major or related field & a passion for marketing and communications
  • Strong writing skills - correct grammar & spelling is key
  • Basic understanding of marketing principles and strategies
  • Interest/passion for sciences & technology
  • Familiarity with social media and social media campaigns- developing content to engage and clearly communicate the RMSC offering to our community
  • Knowledge and interest in digital marketing trends
  • Interest and understanding of website user experience and desire to learn more
  • Avid/eager learner and self-starter - able to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity w/ Canva a plus
  • Good sense of humor
  • Video filming and editing ability a plus
  • Google analytics knowledge a plus

Hours
Hours and schedule are subject to the availability of the intern, but a time commitment of 15 – 20 hours per week for the duration of the internship is preferred. After the time commitment is determined, the Marketing team and intern will find a suitable schedule. Work schedules may include daily hours (i.e. Daily 9am to 1pm OR 1pm to 5pm) or include select days of the week (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am to 2pm. OR Noon to 5pm.) depending on what the intern and team feel is best to provide the best internship experience during the intern’s available time.

Start Date 
We're currently seeking an intern for the Spring of 2020. 

To Apply

A (1) resume and (2) cover letter describing the background of applicant and how this internship will be of benefit in their current studies should be sent to Joan Dallis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, this is a for-credit/for experience internship.

 

Contact Us

Rochester Museum & Science Center

RMSC Internship & Volunteer Coordinator
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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