Vermont Innovation Summer 2024: Generator Makerspace Internship
Generator Makerspace Intern Job Description
Vermont Innovation Summer:
This opportunity is part of Middlebury College’s Vermont Innovation Summer cohort program, sponsored by the Innovation Hub. This program supports students working with companies across Burlington’s innovation ecosystem. Vermont Innovation Summer internships will run from June 10- August 2. For more information about Vermont Innovation Summer, please contact Dana Anderson at email@example.com.
This position comes with access to affordable, fee-based dormitory housing through Champlain College in Burlington. More information will be available in March upon the intern’s offer of employment, however students will need to accept housing by April 9 in order to secure their spot. ELIGIBILITY: Interns must have at least a semester left at Middlebury following the conclusion of the internship to qualify. This position is not open to graduating seniors.
Application Open Date: January 19, 2024
Application Close Date: March 15, 2024
Generator Makerspace Summer Internship
JOB TITLE: Generator Makerspace Summer Internship
REPORTS TO: Veronica Newton, Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships, firstname.lastname@example.org
STATUS: 35 hrs. per week -
Generator is a combination of business incubator, artist studios and classroom at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We provide the tools, expertise, education, and opportunity to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and bring ideas to fruition.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN AN INTERN?
Generator seeks a dynamic, organized self-starter eager and willing to learn the operational, technical, fabrication, and marketing skills required to run a makerspace and to support a maker community. This position is great for students interested in photography/videography, content creation, product design, engineering, community building, and working with youth through STEAM education.
- Willingness to learn, ask questions, and experience something new.
- Ability to pivot from one project to another based on the needs of a busy, creative environment.
- Willingness to learn how to run a 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing machine, vinyl cutter & potentially more!*
- Proficient in social media platforms.
- Experience or interest in providing STEM/STEAM education ages 9-16 yrs.
- Dedication to showing up on time and being part of a fun team!
- Showcases a proactive approach to problem-solving with decision-making skills.
*Any specific tool skills/training needed to complete assigned projects will be provided by Generator staff during the internship.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A Generator Intern needs to expect their weeks to be made up of a variety of projects and responsibilities on any given day. Projects include being a TA for our STEAM-based summer camp programs (ages 9-16); gathering and writing content for Generator’s social media outlets; designing and fabricating workpieces for Generator’s community. Project details are listed below.
Programming (35 hrs./week during summer camp weeks)
Support Summer Camps focused on enrichment in the arts, engineering, and emerging technology. Projects may include:
- Welcoming campers and parents, support the lunch & recess hour.
- Preparing program supplies and setting up educational spaces each day for the hands-on activities.
- Assisting the Summer Camp Instructor by supporting student needs, helping students with their hands-on projects including:
- building PinBox 3000, laser cutting, 3D printing, coding, electrifying projects, game design, woodshop and/metal projects for other camps
- Supervising and instructing campers using laser cutter, 3D printer and vinyl cutter
- Check out Generator’s Kids Camps at https://generatorvt.com/camps/#!event-list
Digital Media (5-20 hrs./week)
Assist Communications Manager in building Generator brand awareness by creating and sharing strategic communications products. Projects may include:
- Executing Generator’s brand photography strategy by drafting shot lists and facilitating photo shoots
- Capturing, editing, and sharing video content to promote Generator classes, programs, and events
- Drafting written blog content highlighting the Generator Member community
- Researching and monitoring digital trends, particularly in relation to craft, DIY/MYOG, and other makerspaces
- Pitching new, creative ideas to help Generator connect with new audiences
Fabrication Projects (5 - 20 hrs./week)
Assist Generator with small in-house fabrication projects while learning about design, rapid prototyping and small-scale manufacturing processes. Projects may include:
- Participating in Generator’s rapid prototyping tool trainings
- Designing and fabricating Generator S.W.A.G
- Supporting upgrade projects in Generator’s shops and throughout the facility.
*This position comes with a FREE Generator Makerspace Membership & FREE tool training that may include Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Vinyl Cutting, Sewing, and/or Metal Shop Trainings.
At the end of this experience, Innovation Hub staff at Middlebury will ask you to bring your experience into conversations about the Makerspace at Middlebury. You will be encouraged to meet with them to help with knowledge transfer, and you will have the option to stay involved in these conversations with the Makerspace student group if interested.
Generator is committed to building a work community that is inclusive and represents a vibrant diversity of background, experience, perspective and thought. Candidates across all markers of identity (age, race, gender, ability, communication styles, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply.