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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 exist for students to develop a practicum or an independent study for the Fall 2017 semester.


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 will assist with developing and facilitating 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.

Art Discovery Center Internships

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

Responsibilities will include:

  • 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.
  • Learning about Dr. Seuss and preparing special activities to be implemented with the new museum opening.
  • 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.
  • Working collaboratively with interns and staff

Interns must commit to working one 4-hour shift per week, in addition to special events.

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 Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Information Sessions

Students who submit strong applications will be invited to attend an informational session in September at the beginning of the semester.


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