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Franklin Institute Awards InternBookmark This
The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Posted: September 08 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionPosition Summary: The Franklin Institute Awards is one of the most prestigious and historic awards programs in the world. Since 1824, the Institute has singled out the most brilliant and pioneering scientists and engineers, inventors and innovators from across the globe and brought them to Philadelphia to be recognized for their incredible genius. Today’s Franklin Institute Awards Program encompasses the Benjamin Franklin Medals, awarded in seven fields of inquiry; the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, presented in a different, predetermined theme each year; and the Bower Award for Business Leadership. The roster of past Franklin Institute Laureates reads like a Who’s Who in 19th, 20th, and 21st century science and industry, including luminaries Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Pierre and Marie Curie, Orville Wright, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Jacques Cousteau, Stephen Hawking, Gordon Moore, Jane Goodall, Steven Squyres, Bill Gates, Dean Kamen, and Michael Dell. In fact, 116 Franklin Institute medalists have also won Nobel Prizes!
Each April, Franklin Institute laureates gather in Philadelphia for a week devoted to celebrating their achievements. Laureates participate in dynamic educational programs, including hands-on demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions with high school students, and programs at Philadelphia-region universities. The capstone of the week is The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, a gala at which nearly 800 science, business, and community leaders share in the tribute to the laureates.
The Awards Assistant will assist in the planning and promotion of Awards Week events and projects supporting the Awards Program. Specific projects will include, but are not limited to: researching medalists and awards programs, writing newsletter and website copy, and digitizing departmental archives.
See www.fi.edu/franklinawards for more information on this exciting program.
Education Requirements: College student studying or interested in science, history, museum work, event planning, and/or program administration.
Special Skills Required:
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet research
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work in a team
Schedule Requirements: 10 hours per week. Some work can be done remotely. Multi-semester commitment preferred. Semesters do not need to be consecutive.
Position Reports To: Director of Awards Program
To request an application, please contact Jamie Collier at 215-448-1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org