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Work at the Museum
Director of Galleries and Exhibitions (MIT Job #11709-Q)
The Museum will move to Kendall Square ca. 2019, to feature prominently in the new East Campus/Kendall Square Gateway that MIT will build, creating a vibrant cluster of activity. The blending of an array of uses — including innovation space, housing, childcare, retail, commercial, and space for the MIT Museum — has the unique potential to convey MIT's and Kendall Square's unparalleled innovative energy. The Museum will occupy 3 floors of space in an office building on Main St. adjacent to the Kendall Square T stop. Planning for this major capital project is in the early stages.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Galleries and Exhibitions will:
Qualifications & Skills:
Undergraduate and graduate degrees in relevant subject area(s)
Minimum of five years of experience in museum exhibition development, management and production, to include development of major exhibition galleries and/or an entire new museum
Demonstrated experience in leading teams of specialist contributors to enable production of exhibits
Ability to communicate effectively with MIT faculty and staff
Ability to take intellectual ownership of a portfolio of exhibitions across a wide range of scientifically and technologically complex subjects
Research, writing and editing skills
Proven ability to work in a multi-media environment that includes artifacts, hands-on and electronic interactives, graphics, and online elements
Demonstrated experience in planning and delivering exhibition projects on mission, on time and on budget (and in developing and managing budgets of up to seven figures)
Awareness of the interests and needs of the Museum’s target audiences
Must show a considerable degree of initiative and have excellent interpersonal and networking skills
Availability to work occasional evenings or weekends during the final phase of project installations
Interest in working with undergraduate and graduate students on exhibitions-related projects, and a high level of scientific and/or technology literacy.
Applicants must apply online through the MIT Human Resources website.
Visitor Services Assistants
The MIT Museum seeks part-time visitor services assistants. Duties include: greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, ringing up museum store purchases and periodically restocking store, staffing reception desk and answering visitor questions, monitoring groups in the galleries during busy periods, light gallery maintenance (will train) and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: A high school diploma or equivalent education is required, bachelor's degree preferred. Museum Studies/Arts Administration students and those with science museum gallery experience 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 to include some weekday mornings/afternoons and at least one weekend day during the winter and spring (approx. 16-20 hours per week). Additional evening hours occasionally available during museum functions and programs.
Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Patricia Lane, Visitor Services Manager, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. N51, Cambridge, MA 02139.
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.
MIT Museum volunteers must:
Volunteering at the MIT Museum grants you the following benefits:
Please click here to fill out an application.
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.).
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.