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This application is for students interested in working on projects with the Springfield Museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum which opened in June of 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Opportunities are for the Spring 2018 semester.

Practica

The practicum opportunities offer experiential learning for 2 pass/fail credits. The opportunities are:

The Cat's Corner Internship

Interns based in The Cat’s Corner (located on the lower level of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum) will facilitate the day-to-day operations for the hands-on literacy activities in a family drop-in space. In addition, interns will track visitation, assist with school group visits, and offer visitors guidance and interpretation in the galleries of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Interns must commit to working one 4-hour shift per week, in addition to special events.

Responsibilities:

  • Learning about the collections of Springfield Museums as a whole, with a focus on the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, and specifically, the life and works of Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. 
  • Welcoming and creating a sense of belonging for a wide diversity of visitors.
  • Helping to develop, prepare, facilitate, and track hands-on educational activities for families across disciplines.
  • Assist with preparation of materials for future projects. 
  • Working collaboratively with other interns and staff. 
  • Aid in maintaining galleries located on the first floor of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.
  • Interns need to pass a CORI check.

Interns must commit to working one 4-hour shift per week and have their own transportation to the Museums. Available shifts: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-2 pm or 1-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-3 pm. Interns need to pass a CORI check.

Family Engagement Internships

Interns will help run the day-to-day operations of the Art Discovery Center, volunteer at upcoming family programs, and help in other aspects of the Education department as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Learning about the collections of Springfield Museums as a whole, with a focus on the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, and specifically, the Art Discovery Center.
  • Welcoming and creating a sense of belonging for a wide diversity of visitors.
  • Helping to develop, prepare, facilitate, and track hands-on educational activities for families across disciplines.
  • Interns need to pass a CORI check.

 

Fall and Spring semester interns must commit to working 1 day per week, Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 pm, plus special events, and have their own transportation to the Museums. Requirements include a desire to work with children and families and a strong sense of commitment and reliability. Interns need to pass a CORI check.

Weekly hours

The expected ratio of weekly hours to credits is 3:1; that is, three hours of work on the project is expected each week for each credit (e.g., students completing a two-credit arrangement are expected to spend at least six hours a week on the project).

For the 2-credit practica described, students will be expected to commit to 4-hours on-site at the Springfield Museums each week, write a weekly post on the class Moodle site, attend three on-campus class meetings during the semester (introduction meeting, mid-term check-in, final presentation), and assist with special events.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Information Sessions

Students who submit strong applications will be invited to attend an informational session on Friday, December 1, 2017.

PATHS

Registration will be accomplished through PATHS.  Students whose applications are accepted and who wish to register for Spring 2018 will be provided requisite information to submit their PATHS contract.

Contact

Direct any questions to dean@honors.umass.edu.