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Exhibit Design Intern

Supervisor: Exhibits Manager
About Butterfly Pavilion: Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.  
A large part of who we are as an organization is how we interact with each other. Valuing our facility, guests, donors, and our team is a priority, without these puzzle pieces we can’t make it all work, these Core Values guide us throughout our day. We Love What We Do at Butterfly Pavilion, we Make Science Cool by Going Above and Beyond for all guests, donors, and team members while also Leading Change in invertebrate conservation. We Know Our Stuff and work to have a healthy culture by Being Positive and Welcoming to All. These aren’t just words, but words for us to live by here at Butterfly Pavilion.
Commitment: 20 hours/week minimum for a minimum of 3 months. Weekly schedule is flexible to accommodate class and work schedules.
Position Summary: The Exhibit Design Intern will serve as a valuable member of the Exhibits Team at Butterfly Pavilion by providing support to our Exhibits Manager during the exhibits design process for new exhibits, graphic design elements, and events needs throughout the semester.  
Stipend: unpaid internship
Key Skills Learned:
  •  Creation of a portfolio of exhibit design elements including exhibit labels, reader rails, wall panels and exhibit presentations
  •  Experience in project management aspects of exhibit design
  • Learn more about vendor coordination and procuring quotes.
  • (Exhibits Manager will do all external coordination with vendors)
  •  Build confidence in professional communication and develop
cross-departmental collaboration skills.
  • Creating compelling designs and illustrations that make an impact.
  • Coordinating between subject matter experts and interpreters to ensure
the text will fit the space and purpose, as well as the overall narrative
  •  Refining technical skill using design software, including initial set-up,
file organization, and writing annotation for final production files.
  • Explore alternative careers in education (i.e. careers outside of traditional school teacher or administrator) by rotating in the Education and Interpretation departments.
Key Responsibilities:
  •   Develop print designs for a permanent exhibit.
  •  Work closely with Exhibits Manager to design graphics
and meet project goals.
  • Support Exhibit Manager in all aspects of exhibit design
and development process as available
Training: Successfully complete New Volunteer and Intern Orientation and All Team Training. Intern Orientation will also include a rotation where you will experience what it is like in the Interpretation and Education departments.
Qualifications & Skills:
  •  Preference given if currently pursuing/completed a bachelor's degree
in Graphic Design, Exhibit Design, Theater/Set Design, or related subject.
  • Proficiency using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop to create
visually appealing content.
  •    A portfolio of previously completed work showing an understanding
of the fundamentals of graphic design.
  •   Excellent proofreading and layout skills.
  • Ability to read a floor plan and accurately measure things on the exhibit floor.
  • Familiarity with formatting for print production.
  •  Inclusive and open communicator who is flexible and can solve problems
both independently and on a team.

Minimum Age Requirement: At least 18 years of age
Physical Demands: While performing the responsibilities of Exhibit Design Intern, the intern is required to talk and hear as well as use hands and fingers to handle and feel. The intern may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time and may occasionally be required to stoop, crawl, reach, kneel, crawl, stand on a ladder, or carry items weighing less than 25 Lbs. Use of a computer is also required. 
Sustainable Impacts:
  •  Encourage guests to engage in conservation minded actions via signage and exhibit elements
  •  Build long lasting interest in invertebrates, conservation, and science via signage and exhibit elements
  • Develop confidence in graphic design skills and communication
  •  Creation of a portfolio containing graphic design elements
  •  Increase impact of exhibits through creative graphic design
  • Provide job growth and career development in the exhibits field
Evaluation: Exhibit Design Interns will be evaluated halfway through and at the end of the internship following an internship rubric which evaluates concrete skills as well as project completion.
Application Deadline: August 1
Start date: August 30 
Apply: Click here to apply or email a resume and a cover letter to Gloria Beckel, Exhibits Manager,