Dream Bus - Making & Learning Intern

The Dane County Library Service


$18.53 Hourly


Madison, WI

Job Type

Limited Term Employee

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Opening Date


Closing Date

4/19/2024 at 11:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)



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The Dane County Library Service has a current vacancy for an LTE Maker Intern.  Employment dates are May 28, 2024 – August 30, 2024.

The Eligible List created from this posting may be used for future vacancies for the next six (6) months.

Limited Term Employees (LTEs) are limited to 1,200 hours in a payroll year and are not guaranteed any hours per week.


Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties



As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.



The position is supervised by the director of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Public Library Youth Services Librarian.  This position is a LTE summer position to support Making & Learning on the Dream Bus in partnership with Dane County Library Service and Madison Public Library.  The Dream Bus is a mobile library that visits locations throughout the Madison area five days a week year round. The Dream Bus began delivering service in April of 2019 to Madison-area communities that experienced barriers to accessing library services. Neighborhoods served would benefit from a bilingual, Spanish speaking candidate who has experience working in communities of color.



The Dream Bus Making & Learning Intern will be responsible for implementing a series of maker-based programs for children and families outdoors at several Dream Bus locations across the city of Madison. The maker-based programs include hands-on activities like printmaking, sewing, cardboard construction, and other hands-on crafts. The Making & Learning Intern will engage children and families in creative making opportunities, build relationships with youth at repeated sites throughout the summer, and be an ambassador for the library. The Making & Learning Intern will communicate with programming partners, library staff, and promote and document program activities.


Execute maker-based activities for children and families.  Set up, run, and take down pre-planned maker activities at Dream Bus stops, outdoors throughout the city.  Troubleshoot technology issues in digital making activities and sharing.   Coordinate logistics for maker-based programs, including scheduling, space planning and set up.  Recommend changes or improvements on programs or additional programs.  Oversee and perform program management clerical duties.  Organize and maintain maker kits.  Keep detailed program attendance statistics.  Communicate about The Dream Bus Maker & Learning activities to a wide variety of audiences.  Share stories about events across multiple platforms – web, print, social media, etc.  Create and maintain shared calendar.  Perform related work as assigned.


Education, Experience & Special Requirements


Education, Training and Experience:

High School Diploma/GED, or equivalent.

Special RequirementsMust have a valid driver’s license, or access to reliable transportation, or equivalent.  Must have access to a personal vehicle to meet the transportation requirements of the position. The intern will travel to multiple Dream Bus stops in the course of each day, and will not be able to ride along on the bus. Mileage reimbursement at the County rate is available.   Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when needed.
Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.


For Bilingual Positions: 

  1. Provide services in both English and the required foreign language (e.g., Spanish, Hmong, etc.).
  2. Applicants being considered for Bilingual positions will be tested during the recruitment process. This may consist of either being able to respond to questions in that language (e.g., Spanish, Hmong, etc.) during the interview; or passing an oral translation (English to foreign language / foreign language to English) exam prior to employment.

Physical and Environmental Work Requirements

Physical strength, dexterity and acuity in lifting and transporting materials (of varying formats and weights).  Ability to engage with children in outside environments throughout the summer, in heat and humidity.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


Ability to organize work and work productively with indirect supervision in a virtual environment.  Ability to communicate ideas effectively verbally, in writing and through educational technology.  Knowledge of maker- and arts-based programming techniques, methods, and terminology.  Ability to utilize current technology and software applicable to the position, and to instruct others in its use.  Become familiar with and utilize Dream Bus media screen to create & feature maker-based activities.  Ability to utilize project management skills and work at a high level of attention to detail.   Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals and program partners.  Ability to provide exceptional customer service, including exhibiting respect and sensitivity to a diverse clientele.  Ability to carry out programs efficiently and independently and meet deadlines.  Ability to understand, carry out, and give written and verbal instructions.  Ability to maintain a positive, flexible, and innovative approach to library programs and services.  Ability to maintain adequate attendance.  Ability to serve large groups of children at once.

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