Friday, August 28, 2015

Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA)

Name of Organization: 
Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA)

Street Address:
60 Charlotte Ave.
Saunderstown, RI 02874

Name of Primary Mentor/Contact Person:
Juliette Casselman
Dawn Temple

Phone:  401-749-2704

Email Address:
How do you prefer to be contacted?  email
Description of the overall mission of this organization:
The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) is the first informal learning institution serving Rhode Island that will improve students' grasp of key STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through the creation of innovative, interactive exhibits and programs. RIMOSA's hands-on exhibits and programs appeal to a wide variety of learning styles and emphasize the tools that both artists and scientists share; curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication. To date, RIMOSA has built 14 physically interactive traveling exhibits installed at over 50 venues around the state, including Rhode Island Public Libraries from Westerly to Harmony, the Rhode Island Convention Center, FooFest and Waterfire for periods of time ranging from hours to months.  RIMOSA has also developed 12 science/art hands-on programs, delivered in schools, during after school programs and summer library programs, which have reached over 5,000 children and teens throughout Rhode Island.  For more information about our board, programs and mission, please visit our website at   We may also be found on Facebook.

Age of Youth Served:  8 and up
Hours of internship: (number of hours, days, times)
Monday-Friday between 2:30-5:30pm
Additional hours can vary due to interns schedule

Description of role and duties: (include administrative or hands-on or both)
·        Help staff align RIMOSA programs and Next Generation Science Standards.  Create a summary alignment document showing overlap, similarities, and gaps.
·        Observe/assist trained educators providing RIMOSA's open-ended, experiential STEAM outreach programs in the community.
·        Help conduct, tabulate and evaluate anonymous post-program evaluations
·        Meet with Education Committee at meetings once a month to discuss programs, evaluations and areas for program improvements

Paid or unpaid:
Positions are unpaid but can be available for academic credit during the summer, fall and spring semesters for undergraduate or graduate students.

Description of the culture of the place (how many people in the office, dress code, communication style)
RIMOSA does not have a site as of yet.  Programs are run in connection with schools, libraries, and other educational organizations.  Meetings are held informally, at public meeting places, libraries, or at home work offices.  Dress code, when at programs, should be school appropriate and a RIMOSA name tag will be provided.
Additional Requirements: (travel, etc)
  • Must be a current undergraduate in third year or more of college or graduate student
  • Must be able to function effectively and meet deadlines in a multi-task environment with an ability to work independently and be self-motivated with an entrepreneurial approach.
  • Must be creative, and passionate about the arts and sciences (although no significant science or art background is required, as on the job training will be conducted.)
  • Must provide their own transportation to program sites and meetings.
  • Must be able to lift objects approximately 20 to 30 pounds.
  • Major, minor or experience in education preferred
  • Must have background check before working with youth
Special notes on process of getting this internship:
RIMOSA is recruiting creative, committed, and self-starting individuals with strong inter personal skills to be Education Interns. These interns will work directly either with one of RIMOSA'S Education Coordinators Juliette Casselman or Dawn Temple and/or Dr. Bonnie Epstein, RIMOSA's founder and president.  This internship is for anyone interested in learning more about Next Generation Science Standards, STEM to STEAM, the importance of hands-on and open-ended programming and middle school/high school curriculum development.  Candidates should be well-organized, able to work independently and as a team and have a strong interest in education.
Other information:
  • Send current resume and cover letter to Juliette Casselman at Copy Bonnie Epstein at
  • If you are a finalist for an internship, you will be contacted for an interview
What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
STEAM, Education, After school

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