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Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

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Work at the Museum

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Thank you for your interest in working at the MIT Museum. The Museum is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Human Resource Department web site is an excellent resource for learning more about working at MIT.

 

Paid positions

Volunteer positions

Internship opportunities

Paid Positions

Summer Educators

The MIT Museum is seeking two high school or middle school educators who, in collaboration with the Education & Public Programs team, will teach and develop science and technology workshops in an informal education environment. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Museum, explore current science and technology research at MIT, share your classroom expertise with our staff, and serve as a liaison between the Museum and your school.

The successful applicants will be current middle or high school teachers specializing in science, math, and/or engineering. They will be interested in collaborating with the Museum’s Education & Public Programs team to evaluate existing workshops, expand the Museum’s educational offerings, and learn about informal education pedagogy.

Must be flexible, detail-oriented and a team player. Summer educator positions are temporary full-time (35 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm) for six weeks starting June 30, with 2-3 days in late June for orientation and training. Compensation of $20/hour will be provided, based on experience. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to edsearch@mit.edu

 

NASA Space Grant Fellow @ the MIT Museum

The MIT Museum Education & Public Programs team, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, is seeking an experienced individual to develop an EV3 robotics workshop for middle and high school students. This interactive educational experience will be designed for an informal learning environment in the MIT Museum and will integrate elements of current NASA-sponsored research at MIT in addition to objects from the Museum’s Collections. Pre-and post- robotics workshop activities will also be designed for use by educators in their classrooms. In addition to content development, the Space Grant Fellow will be responsible for testing and assessing elements of the workshop during a three-day robotics program for Massachusetts-certified teachers (to be held summer 2014).

Successful candidates should have 2+ years of experience programming and teaching with LEGO Mindstorms (NXT and/or EV3 models). Individuals who have participated in FIRST Robotics Competitions are strongly preferred. Must be open to group collaboration and able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms. Should be able to make connections to MIT research, Massachusetts Science & Technology/Engineering Frameworks, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. This is a temporary, part- time position (20 hours/week, Monday-Friday) beginning immediately and ending in mid- to late August. Compensation of $15-$18/hour will be provided, based on experience. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to edsearch@mit.edu

 

Visitor Services Assistants

The MIT Museum is seeking part-time visitor services assistants.  Duties include: greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, ringing up Museum store purchases, periodically restocking store, staffing reception desk and answering visitor questions, monitoring groups in the galleries during busy periods, and other duties as assigned.  

Qualifications:  A high school diploma or equivalent education is required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.  Museum Studies/Arts Administration students encouraged to apply.   Applicants should enjoy working with the public, have an interest in science and technology and possess basic computer skills.  Retail experience desirable but not mandatory.  

Hours will include some weekday mornings/afternoons and at least one weekend day during the spring (approximately 16-20 hours per week).  There is potential for weekly hours to increase to approximately 30-35 hours per week during July and August.  Additional evening hours occasionally available during museum functions and programs.  

Please send resume and cover letter to palane@mit.edu or by mail to Patricia Lane, Visitor Services Manager, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. N51, Cambridge, MA 02139.

 

Temporary Gallery Staff

The MIT Museum is seeking temporary security staff for a two-week special event from April 19-27, with training during April 12-18. Duties include managing Museum entrances and exits for crowd control assistance, monitoring behavior in the galleries to ensure the safety of visitors and objects, and way-finding assistance.

  • Ability to remain standing for long periods of time
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to remain calm in high pressure situations
  • High school diploma or equivalent education required; bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Gallery experience preferred

Please send resume and cover letter to palane@mit.edu.

 

Volunteer Positions

Education & Public Programs

The MIT Museum is looking for individuals who are committed to engaging with the public and sharing enthusiasm and knowledge of MIT, current MIT research, or the MIT experience. Ideal candidates are passionate about science, technology, and art and are able to convey their excitement to Museum visitors of all ages.

Volunteers conduct demonstrations illustrating different academic topics in our galleries -- such as holography or robotics -- interacting with visitors and empowering them to delve deeper into the subject. Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own demonstrations with the guidance of the Programs and Education team, showcasing areas of research that they want to share with the public, but may also explore our existing visitor demonstrations.

Requirements

MIT Museum volunteers must:

    • have completed high school and be at least 17 years old
    • commit to at least 50 hours of volunteering per year
    • participate in volunteer training administered by the Museum
    • behave in a manner consistent with the Museum's values

Benefits

Volunteering at the MIT Museum grants you the following benefits:

    • Behind the scenes look at Museum exhibitions and collections
    • Gallery talks & tours with curators and staff
    • MIT Museum shirt
    • 20% Museum store discount
    • Annual volunteer recognition event
    • Four Museum passes for successfully completing annual minimum hours
    • Free admission to many Boston-area museums!

Application Instructions

Please click here to fill out an application.


Internship Opportunities

The following internships are open to undergraduate or graduate students, or graduates. Internships typically start three times per year: with the Fall or Spring semester, or in the Summer. Internships are unpaid. If course credit is offered by a student intern’s academic institution, we’re happy to discuss terms with the intern’s academic advisor. Résumé and cover letter required for all applications. Collections internships are available during Museum business hours only (Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

Exhibits Internship

The MIT Museum is seeking an intern interested in the development of science museum exhibits from both an educational and engineering point of view. The intern would work with museum staff on an ongoing exhibit development project, and depending on the status of current projects, would be involved in one or more activities including: content research, brainstorming exhibit ideas, building and testing prototype interactive exhibits, and formative evaluation of prototypes. In addition, the intern would be expected to spend some time learning and assisting with daily operations of the exhibit department, including some office work, exhibit maintenance and cleaning. Depending on the applicant’s interests, this position could have a greater emphasis on the engineering side, or on the educational development and formative evaluation side. The internship would run for a full semester, or summer, with at least a 10 hour per week commitment. To apply, please fill out the online application listing " Exhibits Intern" in the Opportunity field.

Visitor Studies Internship

The MIT Museum is seeking individuals interested in museum and visitor studies, consumer research, or research techniques in environmental psychology to help us conduct small scale visitor studies looking at current use of our galleries, to learn more about our visitors, and to conduct formative evaluation of exhibit prototypes. Projects will be chosen based on current Museum needs along with the applicants interests. Interns will work with Museum staff to plan a study, choose relevant techniques, collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and report on findings. Since we will be relying on the results for planning, a commitment to completing the project in a thorough, scientific and timely manner is critical. Interns will need the ability to work independently, and be comfortable and courteous in approaching visitors and initiating interaction. Some knowledge of statistics would be helpful, as well as other languages in addition to English. The internship would run for a full semester, or summer, with at least a 10 hour per week commitment. To apply, please fill out the online application listing " Visitor Studies Intern " in the Opportunity field.

Move Project Internship (Collections Department)

The MIT Museum is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented intern to assist with a large multi-phased collections move. The candidate will be a highly organized, proactive, flexible individual with excellent analytical, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively in a collaborative environment. Computer experience with collections databases preferred. The position requires interest or experience in museum studies, archival storage practices, fine art packing or related field. Knowledge of current registration and collections management practices, especially information management, is an advantage. This position involves physical activity. To apply, fill out the online application listing "Move Intern" in the Opportunity field.

MIT General Collections Internship

The MIT Museum is seeking interns to work with materials related to the institutional history of MIT for semester-long internships. The intern will inventory, arrange and describe small collections of mixed papers and objects from MIT faculty and alumni. The intern will assist in the production of finding aids as appropriate, using the museum's standard format. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and will assist with collection inventory and packing as needed. As time allows and based upon the interests of the intern, the intern may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, marking objects for tracking and research and scanning for reference requests. To apply, fill out the online application listing "MIT General Collections" in the Opportunity field.

Architecture & Design Internships

The MIT Museum is seeking interns for semester-long internships to work with materials in the Architecture and Design Collections. Projects may include inventory, arrangement, and description of architectural drawings and papers, and production of finding aids as appropriate. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, and assisting with research requests. Additional responsibilities may include projects for current or future exhibitions in the Museum. Interns should have a background in art history, architectural history, architectural design or related fields. To apply, please fill out the online application listing "Architecture and Design" in the Opportunity field.

 

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