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Story Hub Evaluation Intern
Department: Education
Supervisors: Associate VP of Play and Learning Initiatives
Possible Majors: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Education
Requirements: Ability to interact well with both children and adults.  Strong interest in evaluation of a computer-assisted component in a museum setting.  Interest in understanding how children’s reflective narratives shape their understanding and how visitors’ conversations can inform museum staff about the perceived value of exhibits.  Desire to gain experience collecting and analyzing data in a real-world, informal learning environment is required. Previous experience performing observations and interviews is ideal.  This person will need to be comfortable working as part of a team as well as carrying out tasks independently.

Description of Tasks: Candidate will be responsible for data collection and preliminary analysis during final development of a new computer component, Story Hub: A Mini Movie Memory Maker that allows visiting families to record a reflective narrative about their experiences in the museum.  This narrative and selected exhibit photographs is then rendered into a brief documentary movie that families can access over the internet.   Evaluation of the component will focus on legibility, robustness and usability, along with what visitors’ narratives reveal to those visitors and/or to the museum.

To that end, this intern will work with a team. Tasks and duties include the following:

  • Contribute to the creation of observation and interview instruments in consultation with staff and a project evaluator.
  • Observe and interview visitors during the exhibit’s soft opening and following its launch.
  • Contribute to a content analysis of a sample of video narratives to identify themes and salient information that could be useful to the museum
  • Manage a follow-up study to be conducted via email
  • Contribute to production of new graphic assets
  • Contribute to the analysis of data, including implications for remediation
  • Report results, conclusions and recommendations to museum stakeholders.

Minimum 200 hours; 15-20 hours per week, may include nights and weekends
Dates Flexible: October 2015 through May 2016

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.