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Buzz Lab Teen Internship

Buzz Lab 8.0 will be a four-day paid internship during Summer 2021 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 began in 2013 as a component of artist Christine Baeumler’s Pollinator Garden for Plains Art Museum. The garden was created to sustain populations of species of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The garden features native prairie plants, gardens, a cistern to capture rainwater, and areas that attract pollinators and humans alike, defying the dwindling numbers of pollinators that are critical to our food supplies.

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 who have participated in Buzz Lab for 2 years or more will apply for a leadership team position. Approximately 6 interns will be chosen for the leadership team.

Interns must firmly commit to working four days on June 28th – July 1st and 3 follow-up virtual sessions on Thursdays in July, with a final in-person session on July 29th.

This is an 8-day paid internship: After completing the first 4 days June 28- July 1 (9 AM – 4 PM), participants will be paid $120.00. For follow-up 3 virtual sessions on one in person in July, participants will be paid $30.00 for each full day and $15 for each half day.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ages 14-18 on the first day of the internship (June 28, 2021) may apply.
  • Must be available from June 28th – July 1st. 4 additional dates of July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
  • 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.
  • Sessions may be held virtually. If access to WiFi or a WiFi Capable device is a barrier please note on the 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.

Applications are due at 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 30th, 2021. 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. Download the printable application here. All applicants will be notified by Wednesday, June 5, 2021.

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.