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Internship Opportunities at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Thank you for your interest in interning with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The Desert Museum is a zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery that offers unpaid internships throughout the year. Below, you will find a list of available internships; please select the internship posting to view more details. These can be done for credit in coordination with your college or university.

If an internship aligns with your interests, availability and academic goals, please fill out and submit an internship application, as well as submitting a cover letter and resumé to the Volunteer & Internship Programs Coordinator either by uploading with your application, by email lmalanga@desertmuseum.org or by mail (2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson AZ, 85743). If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to call 520-883-3071.

If you don’t see an opportunity that interests you on the internship page, please review our regular volunteer opportunities. Some volunteer positions can be modified to fit the requirements of an internship. Please indicate the volunteer job that most interests you on your internship application.

Current Internships

Internship Description:
The intern for this department will help facilitate informal learning experiences in a dynamic play space environment. The Intern will provide hands-on learning opportunities with all ages and assist staff. Interns gain experience with play-based and informal science education.
Internship Schedule:

This program requires a minimum of 8 hours per week for a 12 week commitment. Interns must be flexible with their schedules and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. The internship sessions typically last 15 weeks and correspond with the following terms:

  • Fall 2019
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):
•Engage children and their caregivers through science based games and activities. •Interpret packrat ecology and natural history. •Encourage visitors to develop empathy for desert animals and teach about the interconnectedness of all living things. •Follow safety protocols and help direct positive behavior •Help organize and prep education materials •Assist Education Staff with Educational Programs •Observe staff and volunteers working in the exhibit and complete an interpretive report (as assigned) •Produce a project or paper
Requirements:
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university (or have graduated in the last year) and have at least one year of study in a related field. Applicants should have a friendly outgoing personality and an eagerness to demonstrate positive leadership skills. Applicants must be willing to endure standing for long periods of time are an aspect of this position. If chosen, a background check will be conducted.
Benefits:
This is a unique internship opportunity that provides the tools towards developing leadership skills while gaining hands-on experience with an AZA accredited facility. Packrat Playhouse Exhibit Guide Interns will gain experience working with children of all age groups, grow their public speaking and interpretive skills, and get experience working in a non-traditional educational setting.
Internship Description:

he Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum Events Intern will assist the Event Specialist in facilitating internal Museum events, along with the planning and execution of a wide range of events which include: weddings, corporate meetings, conference dinners, large scale museum events (festivals) and other celebrations as part of the Museum’s revenue generating activities.

This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. For school credit, check with your adviser regarding the requirements of your college.

Internship Schedule:

Hours per week may vary widely, estimate 8 - 10 hours per week (one to two day s per week). Availability needed for evening for and weekend events. We will do everything possible to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.

  • Fall (September - December)
  • Spring (January - May)
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):

    Creating and maintaining individual event files with contracts, payments, setup materials, work orders, catering information, etc. ·Data entry in ServiceU event database and internal Museum event planning systems and calendars ·Assist with site visits for prospective event clients ·Communicate with Museum departments regarding event needs ·Preparation of materials for weekly event meetings ·Assist with execution of events including setup, vendor interaction, trouble-shooting, client interface, clean-up, and follow-up ·Special projects as assigned

Requirements:

Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university at a junior or senior (undergraduate) level; applicants may also be recent graduates from a college or university (or be enrolled in a graduate program). Applicants must have completed at least one year of course work in a related field of study; for example: performing arts, art & media management, marketing, hospitality, business and entrepreneurship. Applicants need to be proficient in (or be able to quickly learn) Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Applicants should be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time, occasionally working outdoors and lifting up to 50lbs.

Benefits:

Interns will benefit from this internship by receiving hands-on experience with the planning and execution of a variety of events, at a world renowned non-profit and museum setting. Interns will have the opportunity to exercise and expand important organization and teamwork skills, while following events from inception to fruition.

Internship Description:
Interns in this position act as guides and liaisons for school groups that are visiting the Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum on field trips.This is a chance to share your passion for the Sonoran Desert by facilitating educational experiences to future conservationist!
Internship Schedule:
This internship is for the fall semester (August - December). This program requires a minimum of 6 hours per week for a 12 week commitment. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):
• Greeting arriving school groups • Orienting school groups about their Museum visit • Facilitating school group entry into the Museum • Providing some educational facts about the Museum and its collections • Guiding school groups to pre-arranged programming (in the theater or in classrooms) • Coordinating and facilitating lunch times for school groups eating at the Museum • Checking on school groups throughout their visit and providing needed assistance • Produce a project or project proposal
Requirements:
Applicants should have the ability to traverse the Museum grounds in all types of weather conditions (carrying a light bag with paperwork). Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university (or have graduated in the last year) and have at least one year of study in a related field. Applicants should have a friendly outgoing personality and an eagerness to demonstrate positive leadership skills.Applicants must be willing to endure standing for long periods of time are an aspect of this position. If chosen, a background check will be conducted.
Benefits:
This is a unique internship opportunity that provides the tools towards developing leadership skills while gaining hands-on experience with an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facility. School Group Assistant Interns will gain experience working with children of all age groups, grow their public speaking and interpretive skills, and get experience working in a non-traditional educational setting. Great for those pursuing careers education or museum studies.
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