Company/Organization: Liberty Science Center
Mentor(s):Alicia Hope, Julian Muller, Allison Silence
Topic of Internship
Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than half a million students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center's offsite and online programs.
Summary of Internship
Volunteers are responsible for offering a friendly, educational, hands-on and fun experience for all guests. My job is to make sure all passing guests, parents, students, kids alike, are all having a good time. If at any point I see a guest looking disinterested or puzzled, it becomes my duty to step in and help the guest understand their surroundings. Knowing that a guest is well submerged into the information presented towards them in the exhibit they are present at, that is when I know my task is done. I wake up every morning to take NJ Transit to arrive at Liberty State Park at Jersey City from Englewood. I have to be there no later than 9 a.m. Once I get there, I enter through the employee entrance and make my way to the 3rd floor, where an I.D. is needed to get into the offices. I sign in, greet my mentor, leave all my belongings, take my schedule, and tackle on what exhibitions I have assigned for the day. Sometimes, I am assigned to help out in the classrooms and labs that schools sign up and bring their students for. At lunch, I stick around the Volunteerís Lounge where you can have lunch and talk with your fellow volunteers. In my time, Iíve meet a lot of great, interesting people that I wonít be forgetting about any time soon. The day ends at 3 p.m., the time the Center begins to close on Thursdays.
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