This position is available for Spring 2020
www.mhcm.org | 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
Named “2017 Best Museum” by Hudson Valley Magazine, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children. The museum’s mission is to empower young children and their families and our vision is a community which each and every young child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth. With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, early STEM, health and the local community, the museum welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year and provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections.
MHCM is the ONLY children’s museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany markets. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and two waterfront parks.
MHCM has three areas of programmatic focus that direct its work in exhibits and educational programs: school readiness, health and wellness, and community-building. Its galleries feature a variety of open-ended exhibits that encourage young children to practice and develop age-appropriate cognitive, physical and emotional skills. Its newest exhibition, “Tell Me a Story” opened in December 2017 and promotes early language and literacy skill development through storytelling and immersive physical play. In 2016 MHCM opened two new learning spaces: The Science Center @ MHCM to advance early STEM education, and The Children’s Garden @ MHCM to teach families about growing their own food. The museum is dedicated to engaging and serving a diverse audience of families from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and of all abilities and needs through special admission and membership programs.
In 2017, MHCM launched the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market – a new farmers market bringing farm fresh produce to City of Poughkeepsie families, residents and visitors. The Market operates Monday afternoons in the Pavilion at MHCM from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, seasonally June through August.
The intern will take on the role of “School Readiness Educator” here at the museum. They will prep and help develop a weekly “Afternoon ABC 123” preschool activity with a rotating theme. After some training and practice they will facilitate the program for visitors in the museum.
The intern will also help the museum in exhibit and program evaluation by conducting formal observations and surveys of guests interacting with various exhibits in the museum. Lastly the intern will help monitor exhibits, keeping them tidy and informing guests of their educational benefit.
List specific skills/experience required for the project:
The intern should be outgoing and feel comfortable leading groups of young children and their families. They must maintain a professional appearance. They need good organizational skills and work ethic. Cooking and gardening skills are a plus but not required.
Who to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at email@example.com