Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - Evaluation Intern

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County include the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum. The museum is committed to its mission of being a “museum of, for, and with Los Angeles” and strives to connect our community to urban nature. We protect and share more than 35 million specimens and artifacts, the largest natural and cultural history collection in the western United States. Collectively, our museums serve more than 1 million visitors annually, and we are committed to representing the diversity of Los Angeles County. The goal of the Museum’s evaluation work is to monitor the progress we are making toward achieving our strategic goals. We are currently exploring new ways to assess the visitor experience and program effectiveness. Though the museum is now open to the public, we will continue to offer online content and hybrid programs. In response, our evaluation practices will continue to evolve. A Princeton intern will support that work by supporting the collection and analysis of various types of data.

City/State

Los Angeles, CA

Internship Description

This summer, our Director of Evaluation and Museum Impact will be designing and conducting several evaluations of museum activities, in collaboration with various museum departments. The Evaluation intern will work remotely directly with the Director. The museum has several exhibitions in the development phase, and will be offering youth programs in Summer 2022. The Director supports exhibition development with concept testing, prototyping, and implementation evaluation. The Director also works with our Education and Programs team to evaluate youth and other public programs. Some evaluation activities have pivoted to an online format, and the Evaluation intern will support the Director with those tasks.

The Evaluation intern will learn about formative and summative evaluation in the museum environment, as well as techniques for analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data. Additionally, the intern will learn about and explore how to make evaluation practices more equitable and inclusive. The intern will work with the Director to conduct online surveys and analyze data on museum visitors and participants in museum programs, many of which will be online. Specific tasks may include:

  • Researching evaluation techniques to help shape the Museum’s evaluation strategy
  • Summarizing past evaluation reports
  • Creating and revising data collection tools, including surveys and observation protocols
  • Preparing online surveys using survey software
  • Supporting online interviews and focus groups
  • Entering and cleaning survey and observation data
  • Exporting summary reports for ongoing visitor surveys
  • Creating graphs and tables to summarize quantitative and qualitative data
  • Analyzing text responses from surveys and interviews
  • Providing recommendations for program improvement
  • Conducting research to better understand the museum’s community and diverse population it serves

This is a unique opportunity for an intern to gain experience with and help shape new research and evaluation techniques that can be employed in a digital environment. The intern will have the opportunity to attend virtual museum seminars and network with staff members from various departments to gain a high-level perspective on how different museum departments collaborate to achieve common goals. This is both an exciting and uncertain time for museums and other cultural institutions. The intern will get a first-hand perspective on how our institution adapts to these unprecedented and evolving challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am (PST) 5:00pm (PST) Yes No Virtual/Remote

Housing Information

Because this internship will be remote, interns are not required to be housed near Los Angeles.

Internship Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytic and problem-solving skills
  • A positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • An appreciation for the natural world

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with analysis of quantitative and qualitative data a plus

Special Requirements

  • Background Check

Writing Sample Required?

None