Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is currently accepting applications for internship placements for Planetarium Intern.
The team at ALNC is small and multi-faceted. Regular staff performs most functions for the entire 86-acre complex to celebrate the wonders of Louisiana’s nature with guests in a way that inspires them.
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (ALNC) is seeking candidates interested in learning basic planetarium operation and presentation skills. Interns will develop public speaking and interpretation skills to perform educational and entertaining presentations in formal (seated audience), and informal (casual) situations. Interns will learn basic show-building techniques utilizing the Digistar system. Requires a 20-24 hour per week commitment for 12-14 weeks. Working on weekends and holidays may be required. Internship is unpaid.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Learn basic planetarium operation, maintenance, programming; and gain skills to present shows in front of the public
- Learn presentation and public speaking skills to effectively conduct formal and informational chats about various nature-related topics relevant to New Orleans, and the night sky
- Provide excellent customer service for guests and engaging interpretation
- Create an intern project that will be approved by the ALNC leadership and shared with the Digistar community
- Interested in pursuing a career in planetarium operations, show building, and presentations and/or astronomy, astrophysics or related field
- Is enthusiastic, friendly, and works well with a team and independently
- Willing to perform public presentations to varying age groups
- Must be able to consistently lift 25 pounds, as well as bend and stoop momentarily
- Must be willing to work in near-complete darkness for extended times
- Willing to perform a variety of tasks, both sedentary and active
- Willing to interact with Nature Center guests both inside and outside venues
- Some college with coursework in Astronomy, or ability to demonstrate equivalent knowledge
- Demonstrate ability to learn and apply astronomical concepts
- Seeking college degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Digital Media or Theatre, with coursework in Public Speaking
- Planetarium-specific presentation experience, or theater performance, theme park host, or high school/college-level teaching experience
- Desire to work in an informal education setting
The Planetarium intern presents live and pre-recorded programs in ALNC's domed-screen theater environment and assists in other areas of the facility, as required.
- Monitoring the operation of theater systems
- Logging and reporting condition of theater systems
- Interacting with guests in a friendly and informative manner before and after shows
- Performing other duties as assigned by supervisors
How to Apply:
- Cover Letter (In 500 words or less, describe the concept or theme of a planetarium show that you'd most like to create)
- Transcript or list of relevant coursework (unofficial is acceptable)
- Additionally, applicants are encouraged to submit a 3-5 minute video or voice recording, reading from or presenting a planetarium script for the proposed show
(Please skip boilerplate introductions and focus on creative, original content.)
Audubon Nature Institute is proud to offer excellent professional training and experience in a variety of career tracks through our internship program. Placements are seasonally available in administration, animal care, conservation, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:
Brianne Stiede, Intern Program Coordinator
About Audubon Internships
Basic internships last approximately 12 weeks, in which interns develop a variety of professional skills through guided instruction and hands-on experience. Some advanced placements, lasting up to 6 months, are available for well-qualified candidates.
In addition to the core curriculum provided through each professional track, Audubon offers its program participants supplemental opportunities to learn about the operations of an AZA-accredited facility, the care and management of a diverse animal collection, the tools needed to engage and inspire guests, and much more.
Audubon accepts applications for available positions on a rolling basis. If no deadline is indicated in the position description, please refer to the schedule below for each session’s start window. Be sure to indicate your preferred session on your application. An intern’s exact start and end date will vary according to the needs of each section.
2020 Start Windows
January 9 – March 5
May 7 – June 18
August 13 – September 10
November 12 – December 3