Learning Planning & Evaluation Internship


Summary:

The Learning Planning & Evaluation intern will have the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of a large informal science education department while working closely with the Coordinator of Research in the Learning Planning & Evaluation department.  Specifically, the intern will gain insight into how the department plays a role in the strategic planning and evaluation of learning programs, as well as how the department helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  This internship is designed for students with a strong interest in learning theory and/or evaluation.  Interns will gain experience with how to apply learning theory to practice and how to evaluate the outcomes.  The intern will play a valuable supporting role in the Learning Group, but will not have the opportunity to teach education programs.

The intern will have the opportunity to  hone his/her professional skills that relate to the field of education (and related fields), which may include conducting literature reviews, writing research narratives, and learning how to collect program evaluation data.  This internship will give students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in an academic setting to the everyday efforts of Shedd’s Learning Programs, which will help prepare interns for future professional opportunities.

The intern will be able to contribute to education-related projects that can be tailored to some degree to meet the intern’s interests.  Possible project topics could include data collection and analysis, informal science instructional strategies, digital curricula, learning through the use of “big data,” and data visualization/infographics.  In addition to learning that takes place through projects, there will be opportunities for the intern to collaborate with and learn from other interns and staff members through group discussions and activities. 

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values

Qualifications: 
The intern should currently be enrolled in graduate school or at least in the third year of undergraduate study, studying education or a related field (e.g., psychology or sociology).  Working knowledge of education and learning theory is required.  Ability to efficiently retrieve general information using the Internet and proficiency at searching academic catalogs or databases is required.  Ability to evaluate sources for credibility, validity, and relevance is required.  The intern should have strong analytical skills and the ability to synthesize information.  Previous experience with academic writing style, including proper citation, is necessary.  A research writing sample (e.g., literature review or abstract) not to exceed 10 pages must be submitted.

Preferred qualifications include: 
• Informal education experience.
• Experience conducting original research/generating data.
• Experience working with qualitative data.
• Knowledge or experience with fields outside of education such as psychology, sociology, business, design, technology, etc.

Desired year in school: Graduate student preferred, but at least a third-year undergraduate student

Desired Majors: Education or related fields; psychology, sociology, and sciences also acceptable

Time Commitment:  Three month-commitment with some flexibility on start date (mid-May/early June) and end date (late August/early September).  This internship would require a minimum of 20 hours per week.  Ideally, the intern will be available on Thursdays at 11 am – 12 pm and 3 pm – 4 pm in order to attend Learning Group meetings.

TO APPLY please submit the following materials to internship@sheddaquarium.org:

- Completed application
- A cover letter
- A resume outlining your academic and professional experience
- Two (2) letters of recommendation

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