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Digital Learning Internship at The British Museum (Fall 2013)

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By Shelley Mannion - Posted on 31 May 2013

Are you interested in technology for education in museums? The British Museum is looking for a student or recent graduate to assist with on-site digital programmes for young people in the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre ( The Centre offers a wide variety of educational workshops for schools, families and teens. You will be working mainly with primary school children (ages 7-11) and teachers, helping them to create artwork, videos, animated films, podcasts and other media inspired by the museum’s collection.

Your main responsibilities will include: 1) Preparation of equipment and materials for digital workshops; 2) Helping children during the workshops; 3) Post-processing of artwork and media that children create. Preparation involves set up and breakdown of computer equipment and furniture, tasks which require light lifting. Post-processing includes resizing images in Photoshop, editing video and audio files, and posting finished work to Flickr, Vimeo and other websites. In addition, you may also support the diverse education work of the busy Schools & Young Audiences team.
Ideally you will have previous experience working with children and be highly competent using technology such as Windows computers, digital cameras, MP3 players and Android smart phones and tablets. You should be familiar with Adobe products such as Photoshop and Premiere. As you will interact directly with members of the public, you must be fluent in English and enjoy dealing with people.

Although this placement is focused on delivery of digital learning sessions for schools, there are opportunities to be involved in project work and to conduct research related to your area of interest. Two exciting projects for 2013 include a video conferencing programme about ancient treasure and a mobile game about ancient Greek temples. This is an unpaid voluntary placement and students must cover their own expenses. It requires a commitment of 3-5 days per week for at least three months. You must be available to start between 2-14 September 2013.

To apply, please email your CV/resume and a cover letter explaining why you are qualified for the role to "Digital Learning Team" c/o Students at any level of higher education are welcome to apply: Bachelor, Master, PhD or recent graduate. The deadline to submit your application is 30 June 2013. In-person or Skype interviews will be conducted during the first two weeks of July.