Work at the Museum

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Paid positions
Volunteer positions
Internship opportunities

Paid Positions

Exhibit Developer
Visitor Services Assistants
Temporary Gallery Staff
Summer Educators


Exhibit Developer

Position Overview:
The MIT Museum seeks an exhibit developer experienced in dynamic environments that interpret art and science with an emphasis on interactive experiences and the interpretation of collections. The Exhibit Developer is responsible for supporting the development of museum exhibits through exhibit research, content and experience development for new exhibits. The responsibilities include collaborating effectively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, curators, designers and teams on developing new exhibitions for the museum. The Exhibit Developer conducts content research, leads visitor studies and exhibit evaluation, develops exhibit experiences, is responsible for writing and editing, and works to ensure that exhibit projects successfully present the specific topic and its educational goals. The Exhibit Developer is also responsible for project management, logistics coordination and documentation on assigned projects.

The Exhibit Developer will have specific interest and knowledge in one or more areas of knowledge that relate to the science and research at MIT.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Research educational, scientific and technological content for exhibits. Develop and document exhibit experience concepts and their operation. Advocate for educational and visitor experience goals as represented through design. Write and edit exhibit copy. Assist with exhibit prototyping and conduct evaluation. Develop project reports and other communication materials. Research exhibit resources and assist with development of exhibit ideas and programs. Research, track and manage artifacts as needed. Develop scripts and work closely with multimedia producers. Ensure that exhibits are experientially engaging and scientifically accurate. Conduct photo research and other visual media asset acquisition. Project manage logistics and communication with internal teams and outside vendors as assigned. Meet project budgets and schedules. Other Tasks: Support a collaborative project environment. Remain informed of current trends in science museums and the informal science education field broadly. Provide development support for other projects as assigned. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Supervision Received:
Report to, and work pro-actively and collaboratively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions.

Supervision Exercised:
No direct reports. May monitor and coordinate the work of interns or students.

Qualifications & Skills:
Education:
BA/BS (MA/MS preferred) degree in science, math, engineering, science education, social sciences or a field related to informal teaching and learning.

Experience & Qualifications:
A minimum of 3+ years of experience developing museum exhibitions, preferably in interactive science or art environments. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. A willingness and ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with science researchers and non-specialists. Excellent research and organizational skills; candidates must be detail oriented, self-motivated, conscientious, thorough, task-focused and able to manage and track multiple demands in a fast-paced environment. Excellent, technical proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel, PPT and Google docs. Specific science content knowledge with respect to one or more of the following scientific/technological fields is preferred: mathematics, physics, engineering, architecture, computer or life sciences.

NOTE: All applicants must apply online at the MIT Human Resources website, job no. 12515.


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

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


Temporary Gallery Staff

The MIT Museum seeks temporary gallery staff for a two-week special event. (Training April 13-17, event April 18-26). Duties include managing museum entrances and exits for crowd control assistance, monitoring behavior in the galleries to ensure the safety of visitors and objects, way-finding assistance, and coat-check staffing.

  • 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 resumes and cover letters to palane@mit.edu


Summer Educators

The MIT Museum is seeking high school or middle school educators who, in collaboration with the Education & Public Programs team, will develop and teach 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. S/he 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, M-F, 9:30-5pm) for six weeks starting July 6 (with 1-2 days prior for orientation and training). Compensation of $18-$20/hour will be provided, based on experience. Please send resume and cover letter to edsearch@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 weekday Museum hours only (Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

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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