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iLabs: Internship Possibilities in the iLabs & Elsewhere!

September 14, 2012
shot of the museum table setup at the 2012 UNC CH intern fair

Here is our table at the Sept 2012 UNC-Chapel Hill Job and Intern Fair

Yesterday I accompanied  Tullie Johnson, the Museum’s Coordinator of Interns, Volunteers, and Technical Assistance, to the Job and Internship fair at UNC in Chapel Hill. The event was WELL-attended, right up to closing time, with enthusiastic students ranging from freshman through seniors.

A shot of the intern fair in the gym

The fair was packed with students dressed in their best to meet prospective employers and internship representatives. Nice job, students!

We spoke to many students about the opportunities our museum can offer them as they seek ways to explore possible career paths and to gain valuable experience for their resumes.

Just to share that same info here, we offer internships most seasons, with the summer being the one most sought after. While we don’t pay, we give you the opportunity to try out your skills in a wide range of areas including various research labs, education labs, science classes, visitor services, public relations, and administration. You can pursue a special project you would like to work on in collaboration with museum staff, and we can even work with you to receive course credit at your university.

There is also one internship coming, sponsored by the state, that will provide a stipend, the YAIO internship program. That link will have information available sometime in October along with applications that are due by January, 2013. The internship will be in the summer of 2013.

I can tell you that several of the education and research labs, including our Micro iLab, have requested one of these interns, as well as regular interns throughout the year.

The Micro World iLab has opportunities in topic areas such as mycology, biotechnology, enzyme extraction, as well as others. If you have a specific idea we’d love to hear it. We are eager to give interns and volunteers a chance to gain experience, have some fun, learn and share with our visiting public.

For more information or to apply, contact Tullie Johnson. Her phone number is 919.707.9895.

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