Interns & Fellows

Spring Internship: Environmental Education

Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021
Stipend: $600/week
Duration: 10-12 weeks, March-June (start date flexible)
Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, Md.) Combination of remote and on-site work. On-site dorm housing is available on a limited basis.
To apply: Please apply online using the Smithsonian's SOLAA portal page: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public 
For more detailed instructions about using the SOLAA system, see our Internship FAQs

About the SERC Education Department:

Mission: Bridging the science and education programs at SERC. To do this, we engage K-12 students and educators in activities that help them better understand the world around them, using the lens of SERC research.

Due to restricted access to SERC campus and/or limitations by groups to access our site and resources, the SERC Education Department is in the process of transitioning back from virtual to a limited on-site program. A hybrid onsite/virtual internship means working on site some days of the week and also remotely, delivering content for interactive virtual field trips (iVFTs). Currently our campus is open to small groups, of up to 20 students at one time, though this may change to larger groups by Spring 2022. Interns will be asked to deliver programs on site, though they
may not be on site every day of the week.

Learning Objectives of the Internship:

  • Learn how to deliver hands-on in-person and interactive virtual field trips, with skills such as facilitating the field
  • trip, delivering the content, and managing groups.
  • Create content related to delivering either onsite or virtual field trips, activities, and sessions (written or visual)
  • Learn and apply skills related to group management field trips
  • Learn how to maintain and update the SERC Learning Lab platform for posting Education Department materials
  • such as lesson plans, videos, and activities for teachers and students.
  • Learn how to work effectively with volunteers (from a variety of backgrounds)
  • Understand how to deliver at least one large scale virtual public engagement event virtually or hybrid.
  • Learn how to track and manage group program information, bookings, and interactions with groups.
  • Create a final project: Co-creating and delivering one remote field trip program to be presented to SERC at large
  • as well as at least one other group (TBD)

Weekly Responsibilities:

  • Assigned readings of training materials, program content, and background for programs
  • Meetings with Education staff and regularly communicating via Microsoft Teams
  • Check-ins/working on final project
  • Attending trainings by Education staff
  • Updating group contact information, notes, and bookings
  • Co-hosting and facilitating online programs
  • Assist with Citizen Science digital initiatives as needed
  • Work with Education volunteers and attend Lunch n’ Learns
  • Help co-host SERC’s Adult Institute of Learning programs (SAIL)
  • Onsite: Care of large aquaria and live turtles
  • Onsite: Manage and maintain program materials, set-up and take-down for programs

Questions? Contact SERC education specialist Karen McDonald (McDonaldK@si.edu).