This internship is for informal public education in the observatory at the Virginia Living Museum. You can expect to interact with individuals and families of all ages and from all socio-economic levels. Expect to teach basic astronomy while giving visitors an opportunity to view the sun through several of our telescopes designed for safe viewing of our local star. Your ability to present complex concepts to adults and children in short "sound bites" will be developed. Your own research as you observe daily changes on the sun will form the basis of your teaching. On cloudy days alternative activities may include terrestrial telescope viewing, classroom assistant or planetarium operations. Additionally, interns may be assigned to teach specific hands-on science activities in K-5 summer classes.
Previous experience in teaching astronomy is not required, but a outgoing desire to take the first step and reach out to the public is essential. All necessary training will be provided. Expect frequent weekend work. Some night astronomy is also likely. After training you will be able to contact staff astronomers with questions, but will work mostly unsupervised with considerable freedom to develop your own style of presentation. Reliability, responsibility and self motivation are required this to be a successful, rewarding experience.