Philadelphia Science Festival Internship

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The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF), organized by The Franklin Institute, is a 9 day community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. PSF features lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

The prevalence of science and scientists in the Philadelphia region will be showcased at the festival, capturing the imagination of the public by working with local neighborhoods and highlighting the science happening throughout the city on a daily basis.
PSF has partnerships with organizations of varying size and mission. With those partnerships, PSF establishes a citywide event with programs and exhibits in many local neighborhoods to provide informal science programming accessible to every Philadelphia resident.

Tasks: Festival Intern
• Support outreach efforts to schools and community groups
• Creatively assist with the development of potential programs through research projects
• Coordinate with and support program partners
• Support PR effort by overseeing promotional materials fulfillment
• Assist with development of materials for community based and adult-focused programs
• Support data collection, collation, and dissemination of information for the Science Festival Alliance hub work
• Assist Community Programming Specialist in supporting community task force and advisory board meetings
• Work with staff to create a hands-on activities resource for programming partners
• Support event planning
• Support event logistics and serve as a PSF representative at festival events (Spring only), Science After Hours, and Hunting Park Community Science Network events (Spring, Summer and Fall)
• Summer interns will assist with the Festival evaluation process
• Other duties as assigned
Education Requirements: Students majoring in the sciences, education, social work/community organizing, urban planning, public relations, communications, marketing, or event planning preferred. All degree seeking candidates will be considered.

Special Skills Required: Familiarity with general science concepts a plus. Must be comfortable making cold calls to partnering organizations or returning general inquiries. Strong writing and communication skills required. Bilingual (Spanish and English) is a plus, but not necessary.

Schedule Requirements: Minimum of 15 hours per week required. Spring intern must be available all day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for the Science Carnival and be willing to increase hours, including some evening work, during the Philadelphia Science Festival program week, April 24 – May 2, 2015.

To apply for this position, please contact The Franklin Institute at 215-448-1163 or to request an Internship Application.

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