Department: Marketing and Communications
REPORTS TO: Research & Evaluation Manager
FLSA STATUS: Internship
The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, is the first museum in the world dedicated to honoring and explaining the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive and multi-media exhibits, artifacts and film. The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as a hub for national constitutional education, debates, teacher resources and as a home for visiting scholars and experts.
The intern will learn and utilize a variety of research methods, including random sampling of visitor populations, conducting intercept interviews, the use of self-administered questionnaires and web surveys. In addition to survey administration and data entry, the intern may assist with documenting focus group discussions, conducting observational studies, and undertaking visitor tracking. Interns will collect data from a variety of audiences, including adult visitors, school students, teachers, and tour group operators. During the semester, the intern will have sole responsibility for drafting, administering, analyzing and reporting on one evaluation project from start to finish, including writing an evaluation proposal, meeting with the key stakeholders, and presenting the final results.
The Center has just begun extensive exhibition studies in preparation for a renovation of its permanent exhibition in 2012-13, and an intern will be an active participant in this evaluation process. And the museum is about to unveil a new strategic plan that has visitor research – and the use of a variety of audience and business metrics – as one of its chief objectives. An intern will have the chance to be part of museum-wide discussions about how the Center will evaluate the visitor experience for many years to come.
An intern will be required to work at least 200 hours at the Center, and must be available at least one full and one half day per week during normal business hours (9am to 5 pm).
Ability to communicate well, orally and in writing
Interest in history or political science and future museum work
Ability to work well in teams
Previous experience working with the public or in research a plus
Must be available 10 full weeks
BA or BS degree required