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Creative Media Intern

Job Description
Fernbank's Marketing and Communications department is seeking an intern to support storytelling, expanded reach, increased audience engagement, creative promotions, and other marketing/PR opportunities through video, photography and new media applications.

Work with the marketing and communications department to:

  • Develop innovative storytelling opportunities to promote Fernbank's mission, exhibits, giant screen movies, events and other programs using video and photography across a variety of mediums, including social media, website, onsite 4K displays, publicity, special events and more.
  • Shoot video and take photos during regular museum hours as well as contribute during after-hours events, special projects, and other programs as needed.
  • Develop storylines, write copy, discover royalty-free music resources, edit, and package video for promotional pieces.
  • Monitor trends/new opportunities and evaluate current video presence in media, online and for social promotions.
  • May work inter-departmentally on video projects for internal museum "clients," which may include Museum Store promotions, fundraising, educational experiences, and more.
  • Other office-related tasks/duties.


  • Experience with video production and video-editing software, including Adobe Creative Suite and/or Final Cut Pro
  • Course experience in news or video production
  • Experience with photography and shooting video
  • Junior/Senior university classification or enrollment in a related post-grad program
  • Knowledge of corporate social media and use of video for marketing and communications
  • Access to personal/university video equipment and software preferred

Time Commitment
10-15 hours per week, unpaid
Spring, Summer or Fall semester opportunities

Development/Fundraising Intern

Job Description
Assist with the day-to-day fundraising activities of a major museum, planning and development of the Fernbank's annual fundraising gala, and administrative support for mailings. This internship is structured to provide the intern with valuable, real-world experience in a non-profit environment.


  • Work closely with staff to execute A Timeless Affair, Fernbank Museum's annual black-tie fundraiser.
  • Provide administrative support for event mailings, record keeping and logistics.
  • Assist with A Timeless Affair pre-party and other donor recognition events.
  • Help with other development activities as needed.

Majors: Museum Studies, Business, Marketing, Communications, Event Planning
Career Areas: Fund Raising, Non-Profit Management, Marketing, Communications, Event Planning
Skills: Organized with attention to detail; Ability to work independently; Computer proficiency in Word and Excel programs.

Availability: Throughout the year.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week

F.U.N. Program Intern

Job Description
The role of the F.U.N. Program Intern is to supervise, mentor and evaluate Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) youth volunteers and organize their daily routine.


  • Assist Fernbank Education staff with developing and executing museum orientation for new FUN volunteers.
  • Reinforce science/natural history content within all FUN volunteer roles.
  • Provide appropriate ongoing guidance and mentoring to both new and continuing FUN volunteers. Topics continually reinforced include presentation skills, strategies to improve competence, helping to build confidence, the importance of good manners, a neat appearance, providing good customer service, and important museum information (giant screen movie showtimes, hours, admission prices). Also help to reinforce the Code of Conduct.
  • Arrange FUN volunteer break times & oversee lunch times.
  • Conduct brief performance evaluations with FUN volunteers during or at the end of shifts.
  • Assist with FUN program assessment. Recommend program changes and suggestions to continually improve the program.
  • Assist with coordination of special FUN program activities and field trips.
  • Provide other administrative support and other duties as assigned.

Experience Requirements

  • Prior experience supervising or instructing youth aged 13 to 17.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Previous background in science or education is helpful.

Skills and Attributes

  • Mature mentor who enjoys working with youth, and leading by example.
  • Demonstrated interest in science and natural history.
  • Willingness to learn new topics and information quickly.
  • Self-starter who sees projects to completion.
  • Dependable and adaptable to the changing needs of the museum.

Majors: All Natural Sciences, Education, Museum Studies, History, Communications, Sociology, Business, Management, Marketing
Career Areas: Education, Marketing, Communications, Museum Studies, Business, Non-profit Management

Dates of Internship: Summer, but consideration is also given for fall and spring upon request.

Time Commitment: Minimum of 20 hours per week, some weekend dates may be necessary.
All interested candidates may e-mail a letter of intent and resume to

Life Science Programs Intern

Primary Objectives:
This unpaid internship provides an opportunity to learn about the life science programs at Fernbank and help educate visiting guests and school groups during public programs and field trips. With this position, interns will have the opportunity to lead interpretive forest hikes and public animal presentations. A background in ecology, biology, zoology and/or education is ideal. Applicants must be interested in both outdoor ecological programming and public live animal presentations.


  • Assist Education staff with forest programming and animal presentations
  • Assist animal care staff with regular animal care tasks, including but not exclusively: enclosure maintenance, feedings, records and insect maintenance.
  • Become familiar with and handle members of Fernbank Museum’s live animal collection. Live animals include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and mammals.
  • Assist education staff with various program preparations and planning
  • Assist small school groups in interpretive hike and restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species; assist with orientation and supervision.
  • Assist Education staff with other programs and tasks as needed.    
  • Time will not be divided equally between animal and environmental programs.


  • Background and/or strong interest in education, biological sciences, exhibit interpretation or related fields.
  • Comfortable working a combination of indoor and outdoor for multiple hours, with some varied terrain
  • Comfortable working hands-on with live reptiles and invertebrates.
  • Strong interest in working directly with student groups and Fernbank Museum visitors.
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience working with the public.
  • Willingness to learn about the programs and study/work independently if necessary.
  • Compliance with museum policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to work outdoors and walk/hike up to 2 miles and have physical skills necessary to perform basic restoration activities (bending, digging, some lifting, working with tools, etc).

Time commitment
This internship will average 15-20 hrs/wk; A total of 150-200 hours is expected throughout the semester. Weekly hour totals will vary according to program offerings. There is some flexibility in scheduling if necessary.

Dates of internship:  Fall (Sep-Dec), Spring (Jan-May), Summer (Jun-Aug)

Marketing and Public Relations Intern

Fernbank is seeking a Marketing and Public Relations intern to work with various members of the marketing and communications team. The marketing intern may contribute and assist with a variety of projects, such as:

  • Cross promotions, including researching and following up on opportunities with other organizations
  • Public relations, including follow-ups with journalists for information, photography or interviews
  • Marketing, including ideas for guerrilla marketing and copyrighting for ads
  • Social media, including taking photos at events and discovering stories to post about natural history
  • Videography, including generating ideas for short videos, scripting, filming and editing
  • Photography, including discovering visitors with interesting stories, documenting events, capturing unique moments, showcasing educational programming, and highlighting exhibitions
  • Website content, including writing copy for event listings, suggesting edits/updates to existing page, contributing to the Museum Musings blog, and more
  • Festivals, including representing Fernbank at events with information and activities
  • Mailings, including following up on leads generated through advertising
  • Research, including conducting surveys with visitors, updating group contacts and field trip leaders, and more

All candidates must be enrolled as a junior or senior at an accredited college or university and entered into a marketing, communications, public relations or journalism field of study. Strong writing, organization and speaking skills are required.

Time Commitment
10-15 hours per week, unpaid
Spring, Summer or Fall semester opportunities

Membership and Volunteer Intern

Job Description
This internship will provide a unique opportunity to participate in the day-to-day member services and volunteer activities of a major museum. The position is structured to provide the intern with valuable, real-world experience in a non-profit environment.

1. Learn and use CRM system, Altru to support the Membership and Volunteer departments.
2. Provide administrative support for membership campaigns, programs and events.
3. Make volunteer assignments or changes in the volunteer management database.
4. Other projects as assigned.

Majors: Museum Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, History, Public History, Business, Fundraising, Hospitality and related majors

Career Areas: Museum Studies, Anthropology, Non-Profit Administration, Business, Fundraising, Hospitality, and related fields


  • Works well with public
  • Typing and data entry skills
  • Independent worker
  • Ability to complete daily tasks in addition to long term projects

Date of Internship: Available throughout the year.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hrs/week, including some weekends

Museum Administration

This intern will assist the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Office.


  • Assist in research projects
  • Assist with historical document maintenance
  • Assist with day-to-day Museum administration
  • Assist with other projects as needed

Majors: Education, Museum Studies, Marketing, Business, Communications, Finance, Management
Career Areas: Museum Studies, Communications, Finance, Business, Non-Profit Management

Date of Internship: Available throughout the year.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week.