Oliver Kelley Farm Evaluation Intern

Elk River, MN
United States

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From $14.25 To $15.25
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Employment Type
Intern - Paid
Work Schedule
No Travel

Current undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates can apply up to one year after graduation.

MNHS is committed to program evaluation as a valuable tool for strengthening the quality of our programs and to measure and improve outcomes for those we serve. This intern will support evaluations for the Oliver Kelley Farm Guest Experience Team, the goal of which is to develop interpretive and educational programs, exhibits and events that ensure the highest quality guest experience. Intern tasks will include data collection through visitor observations and surveys, data entry and cleaning, data analysis and reporting.

Ideal degrees: Program evaluation, museum studies, education, history, customer service, marketing and communications, agricultural education, or related field.

Student Qualifications: Must be a senior undergraduate or graduate level student, with a passion for history, informal learning and/or evaluation. Must possess the following:

  • Ability to travel to the Oliver Kelley Farm

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • High comfort approaching and interacting with the general public

  • Ability to multitask and take work direction from multiple supervisors

  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting

  • Detail-oriented

  • Motivated, with strong work ethic

Student Responsibilities:

  • Conduct observations of visitors interacting with exhibit prototypes and/or public programs, some of which occur on holidays or over weekends (including Memorial Day Weekend, July 4, & Labor Day).

  • Conduct visitor intercept surveys and distribute paper surveys to visitors

  • Data entry into Survey Gizmo

  • Create charts and graphs for visual display of data in summary reports detailing evaluation findings

  • Coding and analysis of qualitative data

  • Give summary presentation to MNHS staff of evaluation findings

  • Other evaluation projects as assigned

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Knowledge of program evaluation in a museum/historic site environment

  • Experience working with museum professionals and program evaluators

  • Experience with data visualization and reporting

Additional Materials Required: Writing sample (paper, report or presentation)

How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, PDF copy of school transcripts, and any required additional materials to internships@mnhs.org. Applications are open March 1-31, 2020.