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Interpretation Internship (Unpaid)

The Museum of Pop Culture seeks an intern that can help develop activities for an interpretive cart (Pop Stop) for the museum’s South galleries. South galleries include Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth + Magic, and Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. Pop Stop will be facilitated by volunteers with the goal of supplementing gallery content through volunteer-led conversations, facilitated hands-on activities, and object handling.

During the internship, the intern will assess the museum’s current Prince exhibit Pop Stop, research gallery content, meet with Collections staff about using de-accessioned collections objects, develop and pilot cart activities, and, time permitting, create volunteer training materials. The intern will work jointly with the Volunteer Program and Education staff. At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have developed interpretive cart activities for their portfolio while gaining valuable communication, museum interpretation, and program skills.

Reports To: Chelsea Rodriguez, Volunteer Program Manager

Position Start Date: October 2019

Position End Date: Late-December 2019

Time Commitment: 9-12 hours per week

Job Duties

  • Learn about MoPOP’s approach to informal learning
  • Assess current Pop Stop activities within the Prince exhibit
  • Research gallery content, including oral histories
  • Meet with collections staff to assess utilizing de-accessioned objects
  • Develop and pilot cart activities; present options to supervising staff
  • Time permitting, create volunteer training materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • Strengthen written communication and interpersonal skills through
    diverse interactions with staff and volunteers
  • Develop museum interpretive skills
  • Demonstrate volunteer management, leadership, and program
    development skills
  • Gain insight into the inner-workings of MoPOP

Position Requirements

  • Current college or graduate student ideally pursuing a degree in
    Museology, Education, Non-Profit Administration, Arts Administration, or related field
  • Strong computer skills with attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm for working with volunteers
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Track record of working well in a team environment
  • Courteous professional manner
  • Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to with the title “Interpretation Internship."

Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture's mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities.