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Buzz Lab Teen Internship

Applications are closed. Please check back in spring 2023.

Buzz Lab 9.0 is a nine-day paid internship during Summer 2022 for teens interested in art, science, and the environment. Buzz Lab interns engage in learning, teaching, creating, sustaining and advocating for the livelihood of pollinators in a healthy ecosystem.

Buzz Lab interns will work with scientists, artists, and teachers to learn and discuss the importance of pollinators, create works of public art, and participate in gardening and research in the Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum and other sites. This year there will be 16 spots available to first or second-year interns.

Interns must commit to the following dates:

  • June 6-9, 9 am-4 pm
  • June 10, 10 am-8 pm (MidWest Kid Fest)
  • June 13-16, 9 am-4 pm

Plains Art Museum is attentively watching the current state of COVID 19 and will respond accordingly. If there are any changes to the internship, we will communicate with all applicants as soon as possible.

This is a 9-day paid internship: After completing the first 5 days June 6-10 participants will be paid $150.00. The following days, June 13-16th, interns will be paid $120.00.

Applications are due at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 22, 2022. They may be dropped off or mailed to Plains Art Museum, Attn: Buzz Lab, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo ND 58102, e-mailed to amccann@plainsart.org, or completed online below.

All applicants will be notified by Monday, May 9, 2022 via email listed on the application. Application assistance is available by contacting amccann@plainsart.org

Minimum Requirements

  • Ages 12-18 on the first day of the internship (June 6, 2022) may apply.
  • Must be available June 6th-10th, June 13th -16th, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.
  • Transportation to and from the Museum (704 First Ave. N., downtown Fargo) is preferred. We understand that this may be a hardship for some families; please note on the application if you will need help with transportation. This will not affect your application.
  • Internship may use Google Classroom for collaborative work or to share resources, if access to WiFi or a WiFi Capable device is a barrier please note in your application. This will not affect your application.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • We encourage students interested in art, science, and the environment to apply, especially those who would be the first to attend college in their family and those from diverse communities.

Buzz Lab Launch Party
Thursday, March 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity (connected to Plains Art Museum)

Join us for the 2022 Buzz Lab Launch Party! At this meeting, we will discuss the history and goals of Buzz Lab, create a community art project, sample pollinated foods, and get started on your Buzz Lab 9.0 application. Open to interested youth, families, and community members. Applications are due Thursday, April 14.

Buzz Lab is made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The 2020 Buzz Lab interns present GOODNIGHT EARTH, a project created by 2020 Buzz Lab interns in collaboration with fiber artist Quill River. The individual seed pillows were hand-sewn by interns, then stitched together into a collaborative quilt with the intent to interrupt the expanses of cement in our community. Pollinators, and specifically bees, can only travel up to 5 miles to locate food, water, or rest. This growing quilt intends to provide space for pollinators to find food and rest. If left to grow, over the next few weeks you will see wildflowers, lettuce, spinach, basil, and cilantro emerge.

Click here for the downloadable GOODNIGHT EARTH zine, with instructions on making your own seed pillow.