This position will be located in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the public-private initiative that facilitates interdisciplinary research and breakthrough discoveries to advance human health and well-being. This position will partner with WARF and the Morgridge Institute for Research, the not-for-profit interdisciplinary biomedical research organization that is the private side of the twin Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The state-of-the-art facility housing the institutes, which opened in December 2010, serves as a hub for researchers to collaborate across scientific disciplines and for broader public interactions. In addition to 106,000 square feet of research space on four floors, the facility includes extensive public spaces in its Town Center to welcome all with food, interactive displays, ongoing activities, hands-on learning labs, events and meeting spaces.
The Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery’s motto is to “Explore. Engage. Discover.” Programs in the Town Center provide a platform for hands-on activities that link scientific research and the general public, offering a window on the real-time process of discovery. The teaching labs provide another opportunity for users to have hand-on experiences as part of their visit to Discovery. The Outreach Intern will support the WARF and Morgridge Outreach team in managing activities in the teaching labs and Town Center. This position will have the opportunity to help develop science outreach materials in a state-of-the-art facility. The intern also will have the chance to learn how to communicate effectively with different audiences.
We will be hiring 1-2 interns for the spring semester and summer. Internships offer flexible schedules, an opportunity to gain great work experience and the ability to network and collaborate with WARF and Morgridge staff.
Ideal candidates will be working towards a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a scientific, education, or art related field and should be familiar with the University of Wisconsin and affiliate organizations. Other requirements for the position include the ability to handle multiple tasks while prioritizing and meeting deadlines, effective oral and written communication skills and strong customer service skills.
We are seeking individuals who are committed to working a minimum of 12-15 hours per week during the school semesters with more hours available during the summer. Preferred candidates will have availability during the spring semester at least one of the following peak times: 2pm-4pm Mondays, 9:30am-12pm Tuesdays or Wednesdays or 10am-1pm on Thursdays.
Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit one document that includes the cover letter listing weekly availability and resume via the online career portal.