Undergraduate Research Assistant Internship, Social Sciences and Evaluation
Minnesota Zoological Gardens is seeking an intern to work with the Evaluation and Research Specialist to assist with various projects, including exhibit evaluation and other social science research. General duties will include data entry and analysis; intercept surveys and interviews; visitor observations; and other duties as available.
The successful candidate should have an interest in museum interpretation, evaluation, and research, with a demonstrated ability to interact with the public in a pleasant and courteous manner. Proficiency with varied computer software and data management, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills is required. Due to the nature of our organization and visitors, portions of the weekly hours are expected to occur during the weekend. The intern will work under the direction of the Evaluation and Research specialist.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct and help develop general exhibit evaluation, including data collection, entry, analysis and presentation
Interacting with visitors to the Zoo, specifically in the summer temporary exhibit, through research-related activities
Assist in general evaluation or social science research-related needs, including data entry, analysis, and presentation
Performing other activities and duties as available
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES DESIRED:
Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at least halfway through course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student.
Must be willing and able to engage public of all ages.
Previous research experience desired, but not required. Experience in an informal learning environment preferred.
Comfort and familiarity with survey data collection on pen-and-paper as well as tablets desired.
Excellent communication skills.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Physical requirements include sitting, standing, walking, lifting and/or carrying objects up to 15 pounds.
Sensory requirements include the ability to communicate and respond to staff, volunteers and public in a friendly manner.
Ability to communicate and respond in person, over the phone, and by email to the public.