Summer Youth Development Intern


Cause Areas


Fri May 04, 2018 - Wed Aug 01, 2018


10 West 7th StreetSt. Paul, MN 55102


Position Summary

The Youth Development Intern is responsible for coaching high school youth volunteers in program facilitation and customer service, participating in Daily Development activities, and adapting the Daily Development activities to align with best practices in youth development, Museum goals, and youth volunteer needs. The Youth Development Intern will provide positive guidance, performance feedback, and role modeling while supervising youth volunteers on the floor.

During the summer, approximately 90 high school students volunteer on The Play Team, Minnesota Children’s Museum’s youth volunteer program. Volunteers play with children in the Museum galleries, facilitate activities, and provide customer service. Participants gain practical knowledge and skills that enhance college applications, resumes, and future educational and employment pursuits. Play Team participates in "Daily Development" activities in leadership, customer service, working with children, public speaking, and more.

Major Job Accountabilities

This is an estimate of the duties to be included in this internship. The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of Volunteer Services staff.

  • Coach youth volunteers in customer service and program facilitation
  • Mentor youth volunteers in the areas of college and work force readiness
  • Review, revise, and create new Daily Development and Reflection activities based on youth development practices
  • Facilitate select youth volunteer trainings, attend new member training
  • Work with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  1. Leadership experience working with high school students
  2. Experience with and interest in youth development
  3. Willingness to learn; creative thinker; team player
  4. Ability to follow oral instructions and ask for assistance and additional explanation as necessary
  5. Ability and willingness to work independently with minimal supervision
  6. Supervisory experience a plus, but not required
  7. Junior or Senior standing in post-secondary setting

Training Provided

  1. Intern Orientation
  2. Assignment Training, ongoing and as needed
  3. Optional free training: The Ways of Play


Flexible schedule, Monday-Sunday.

Frequency: Monday mornings are required. Other shifts can be scheduled at intern’s convenience.

Shift: At least three hours between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the week or between 8:45am and 7:00pm on the weekends.

The Play Team volunteers for 2 Monday-Friday weeks and 2 weekend shifts throughout the summer. Play Team shifts are available Monday-Sunday 8:45am-2:15pm as well as 1:30-7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Applications accepted until position is filled. Applications accepted until position is filled. Submit online application, resume, and cover letter at


  • Child Development
  • Youth Services

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 100 hours
  • 10-12 per week

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