The Teen Community Service Program grows out of the realization that – as the Museum’s original audience – teenagers are uniquely qualified to serve as role models, mentors and program developers for younger children attending CMEE today. Rather than merely giving young people “busy work” to complete their community service requirements, service learning at the Children’s Museum focuses on experiential education and is student-directed.
The Teen Service Program offers a unique internship experience by merging the needs of the Museum with the interests and passions of teenagers in our community. While interning at the Children’s Museum, students in Grades 8 to 12 are mentored by staff, gain real-world experiences in a variety of employment disciplines, and have the opportunity to serve as role models for younger children. By turning the program over to the teenagers, they can own it, grow it and stay invested in the Children’s Museum.
Currently, the Museum is offering the following opportunities:
Fundraising is the key to successful nonprofit management. Receive an introduction on how it’s done as you help the Museum generate revenue vital for programming and operations. The Teen Service Intern will conduct research on prospective funders, assist with special event planning, and help with donor solicitations and acknowledgments.
KIDS’ CLUB BOOK FACILITATOR
Assist with the planning and implementation of a summer book club designed specifically for immigrants and the children of immigrants at the Museum. Designed to help promote reading behaviors and prevent the “summer slide,” the Book Club meets weekly in July and August. Working with small groups of three to eight children, the Teen Service Intern will help develop class projects involving art, dance, video and writing that grow out of the books’ themes.
DIGITAL MEDIA CREATIVE
Working with the Museum’s Director of Marketing, this Teen Service intern will take an active role in CMEE’s online marketing efforts. The Digital Media Creative will take an active role in event photography, social media contest creation, copywriting, online research and more. The right candidate for this position possesses a combination of creative and practical skills and the ability to ensure consistent brand messaging across numerous platforms.
Do you enjoy working with young children? The Teen Service Intern will have the opportunity to conceptualize, develop and pilot new programming at the Children’s Museum. You’ll gain valuable knowledge of early childhood development, curriculum design, and teaching strategies all in a playful and fun environment.
If you don’t see an internship description that matches your interests and passions, we encourage you to propose a project of your own.