SENATOR KENNEDY BELIEVED THAT EACH PERSON POSSESSES THE POWER TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE WITHIN HIS OR HER COMMUNITY. THROUGH THIS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, THE INSTITUTE AIMS TO FURTHER THE SENATOR’S LEGACY OF SERVICE BY DEVELOPING A TEAM OF PASSIONATE AND ENGAGED INTERNS TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE INSTITUTE’S EDUCATION AND VISITOR EXPERIENCE TEAM.
While engaging collaboratively with fellow interns as well as with volunteers, part-time, and full-time staff interns will enhance the visitor experience and communicate the Institute’s mission: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.
Intern responsibilities may include:
- Greet visitors and orient them to the Institute
- Act as exhibit interpreters, providing background information and historical detail as reflected in the Institute’s exhibits
- Assist visitors as they interact with the Institute’s exhibits using state-of-the-art digital technology
- Engage visitors in the Institute’s mission
- Help to guide visiting groups - including middle and high school students, university students, government officials, families, tourist groups, and members of the general public - as they experience life as a “Senator-in-Training”
- Support Institute special events and public programs
- Complete tasks to ensure success of programs led by the Education and Visitor Experience team
In addition to meeting the responsibilities outlined above, interns will be required to identify specific educational objectives prior to their start date. These educational objectives are met through an individual project proposed by the intern and presented at the end of their internship. Prior to the conclusion of their internship period, interns will be asked to present a written or oral report showcasing their objectives and how these were addressed and/or achieved.
Interns are required to commit to at least two (4)-hour shifts, per week in addition to initial volunteer orientation and ongoing volunteer training/enrichment sessions.
Intern program dates generally correspond to the academic semester schedule in the fall and spring. Spring internship dates are mid-January to mid-May. Start and end dates may be arranged on an individual basis in accordance with an intern’s particular academic schedule provided said schedule corresponds with the timeframes outlined above.