Job Listing: Early Childhood Programs Intern

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Closes: November 15

Salary: $11.75/hour   



Job Description

The Early Childhood Programs Intern will provide assistance to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs Department through a 20-week paid internship, running from on/or about January 13, 2020, through May 29, 2020. The intern will research child development, work closely with educators to assist with classes and group visits, lead components of lessons, plan and teach a lesson, and research, develop, and co-lead a workshop geared toward newcomer families on a select Saturday near the end of the internship.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities will include:

-Researching and exploring ways to develop stronger relationships with local immigrant communities through museum education programs.

-Supporting the facilitation of ECE Program operations and logistics by assisting the ECE Coordinator and Educators with day-to-day administrative and clerical tasks including set up, execution, and clean up of individual programs. This includes preparing materials to be used for classes, and setting up of studio with art supplies and materials needed for classes.

-Assisting in the development of curriculum and lesson plans, including researching works of art and activities to utilize in individual classes.

-Researching works of art in the permanent collection, and presenting them to participants in the Artsy Infants Program through art projects, music, and movement activities.

-Researching, developing, and teaching a lesson twice to toddler or preschool age students by collaborating with ECE Educators to choose works in VMFA’s collection to present to children ages 14 months to 5 years old. Designing an art project, choosing and facilitating a story time, sensory materials, and an enrichment activity connected to lesson theme.

-Researching, developing, and co-teaching a pilot workshop for early childhood audiences and their families in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and ReEstablish Richmond near the end of the internship period.


Minimum Qualifications

-Knowledge of basic child development, studio art disciplines, art history, and art and museum education theories and practices for early childhood and family audiences.

-Excellent organizational and project management skills.

-Ability to communicate effectively in a teaching environment and connect with youth of all ages and backgrounds, primarily ages 0-5 years and their caregivers.

-Strong customer service, oral, and written communication skills, as well as problem-solving and time management skills.

-Demonstrated flexible working approach to accommodate unusual and/or unexpected situations as they occur.

-Use of sound judgement and decision making to resolve problems.

-Basic computer skills, preferably with experience in Microsoft Office Suite.


Preferred Qualifications

-Currently attending a degree seeking program for an associate, undergraduate, or higher in early childhood education, art education, general education, museum education, art history, or related field.

-Experience in education and studio art and/or other educational programs for early childhood and family audiences a plus.

-Awareness of current teaching methods and practices and classroom/group management preferred.

- First aid and CPR training a plus.


Special Requirements   

This is a grant funded position with the estimated time commitment of 15-20 hours per week over the course of a 20-week time period from on/or about January 13-May 29, 2020.


Along with having some week day availability, the successful candidate should have the availability to work the following Saturday mornings: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 22, Mar. 14, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 18, May 2, and May 16, 2020.


Selected candidate must pass a criminal history background check.


Special Instructions to Applicants             

This position is open to the general public. Interested candidates need to apply through the Commonwealth of Virginia job website, which can be accessed via On-line applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on November 15, 2019.