Department: Traveling Exhibits
Supervisor Title: Exhibit Props Specialist
Classification: Intern, Temporary Part-time, Unpaid
Commitment: September-December 2018. Requires 120 hours during the internship session (10-12 hours per week)
About Minnesota Children's Museum
Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We are dedicated to providing children with a hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. With locations in St. Paul and Rochester, MCM employs 65 full-time and 65 part-time employees and engages over 1,300 volunteers annually. At MCM our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve and Strive.
Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers to reflect and equitably serve the vibrant community around us. We embrace differences in age, ability, color, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants and refugees; LBGTQIA individuals; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly.
Minnesota Children’s Museum is a leading producer of exhibit rentals for children’s museums and has the largest collection of traveling exhibits on the road. The Costume Design and Props Intern assists Exhibit Production staff in creating, maintaining, and installing the many costumes and props used by children in our Traveling Museum exhibits. Many of our exhibits include costumes that children may wear while engaging in dramatic play. Our exhibits also include hundreds of props that need repair and maintenance. Intern duties include but are not limited to building replacement props, small hand sewing repairs, sanding and painting, laundry, and other prop maintenance tasks. Projects vary depending on the project workflow for our Department, but examples of past projects include producing large numbers of backup duplicates of costumes in our exhibits, making laminated books, cutting and felting new papermaking boards, and stitching Thomas and Friends luggage. Specific assignment will vary based on the intern’s skill and experience level. This “behind-the-scenes” position rarely interacts with our visitors directly.
Major Job Accountabilities
The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of the Traveling Exhibits department.
Clean, repair and maintain existing costumes and props
Pattern and stitch new costumes (depending on workflow and skill level)
Take inventory and make inspections of rotating props sets
Assist in maintaining exhibit shop equipment
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
1. Knowledge and experience with costume design, patterning and stitching, including hand sewing.
2. Ability to organize time and work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner. 3. Ability to concentrate in a busy work environment.
4. Skill in coordinating tasks and projects.
5. Enjoy working with in a team environment.
6. Previous coursework/experience in technical theater, costume design, or apparel design a plus.
Exhibit component operation and maintenance
Access to supplemental staff trainings: The Ways of Play, Wakanheza
Applications accepted until position is filled. Examples of work or link to a portfolio of work is a plus. Submit online application, resume, and cover letter at www.mcm.org/jobs.