University of Wisconsin–Madison

Apply to intern at a children’s museum in South Africa this summer

Madison Children’s Museum and Play Africa are partnering to offer UW-Madison students an International Children’s Museum Internship. The selected intern will work 8-10 hours/week atthe Madison Children’s Museum in spring and fall 2018, and 40 hours/week at Play Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa in summer 2018. The selected student will receive a $3500 scholarship.

During spring 2018 at the Madison Children’s Museum the intern will:
-Work with the Visitor Experience Manager and Education Supervisors to support daily museum operations. This will involve setting/cleaning up exhibit spaces, playing with kids, talking to parents, staffing exhibit spaces, helping set up/clean up/run programs, giving group orientations, organizing breaks for Discovery Guides, attending to visitor questions and concerns, helping maintain safety and cleanliness in the museum, etc.
-Develop an overarching project to be presented at the end of the semester (possibly related to the summer internship in Johannesburg).
-Explore and gain experience with the different contributions of each museum department to the visitor experience. These departments include: Education, Marketing, Development, Exhibits, Facilities and Administration.
-Be trained and gain experience in: early childhood education, environmental education, art education, creating and maintaining accessible and welcoming spaces for all community members.

During summer 2018 at Play Africa in Johannesburg the intern will:
-Plan and execute play activations around the greater Johannesburg area with Play Africa’s flagship exhibits and new pilot exhibits in a way that builds Play Africa’s reach and strengthens its brand as a leader in innovative, hands-on, out-of-your seat learning.
-Help in the development of the Farm to Market exhibit, which celebrates South Africa’s rich agricultural history and teaches children where produce comes from and lessons about nutrition.
-Help with the conceptualization and execution of new Play Africa exhibits, being creative and keeping in mind the different stakeholders.
-Be involved with and understand the structure and inner workings of an NGO, helping on various administrative tasks and marketing projects.
-Develop a project to connect the Madison Children’s Museum with Play Africa.

During fall 2018 at the Madison Children’s Museum the intern will:
-Continue with the tasks from the spring semester with more independence.
-Take on an independent project that connects the Madison Children’s Museum to Play Africa.
-Be involved and integral with organizing an event during International Education Week in November in collaboration with the UW International Division.

Applications are due January 12. Apply through the International Internship Program here.

Hear from a former Play Africa intern here.

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