Sunday, July 25, 2010

Win $10k For Living in the Museum of Science and Industry

Living in a Museum would be a dream for some, living in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and being paid $10,000 to do so, now that's the dream of any geek anywhere!

The Museum is looking for one lucky geek to spend one full month living inside the museum from October 20 to November 18, 2010. In addition to sleeping and eating at the the museum, the selected applicant would have to spend his or her time blogging, speaking with the media and perhaps even performing live science demos around the building.

The lucky winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, a package of tech gadgets, an honorary lifetime membership to MSI, and of course the chance to live a geek filled month of excitement like none other!

To enter you must be over the age of 18 with an adventurous, outgoing personality with a strong interest in learning about science and the world around you. You must also be willing to o live and breathe science 24/7 for 30 days. The deadline to apply is August 11 and you can find more details via the museum’s website.

Requirements of the Month at the Museum

The winning candidate must:
  • Pass a drug test, behavioral assessment, and background checks.
  • Sign an Agreement covering the terms of the engagement.
  • Sign a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement.  (We have a secret recipe for fun, and it can't get out.)
  • Agree to very limited contact with the outside, and limited and/or prohibited personal use of cell phone, texting, e-mail, Facebook, etc., during the residence period.
  • Reside exclusively in the Museum during the residence period. Occasionally, the candidate will leave the Museum to see science where it happens or appear at events on the Museum's behalf.
  • Following the residence, make a few event appearances, if the Museum opts to arrange them.

Physical and other specific requirements of the position may include:
  • Sleeping in confined or “untraditional” spaces.
  • Significant walking around the Museum, including climbing stairs frequently.
  • Lifting up to 40 lbs. (Of what, we don’t know yet. We’ll think of something.)
  • Ability to stand for significant periods of time. (This might include working the Museum floor, performing live science demos, blowing up chemicals in our "Bangs, Flashes and Fire" show, and other really fun stuff.)
  • Meeting, interacting and socializing with crowds of Museum guests every day … with a smile.
  • Working on a computer daily to write about your amazing experiences.
  • Speaking English for demonstrations and other appearances.

Rules and Regulations

  • You may enter only once. Submitting multiple entries will disqualify you from the competition.  The Museum will not automatically confirm receipt of your application but you may request confirmation by e-mailing matm(at) no sooner than 10 days after submission of your application.
  • You must not be previously or currently employed by the Museum (whether as an employee, volunteer or contractor), or related to or a member of the same household as an MSI employee, volunteer or contractor.
  • You must be 18 or over at the date of application.
  • You must be legally allowed to receive compensation for services in the United States. 
  • You must be available to live in the Museum for 30 days with no outside personal or work responsibilities.  Semi-finalists may be required to submit evidence of their physical and mental fitness to fulfill the position specifications.

Entry Materials

Complete entries must include the following:
  • VIDEO: A 60-second video (on DVD, playable on DVD player) telling us about you and why you should be the person chosen for this assignment. Use the video to showcase the creativity and qualities that make you the right person. 
  • ESSAY: A 500-word essay that explains why you want to be the person chosen to live in the Museum for a month.
  • APPLICATION FORM: Complete and sign the application form and short-answer sheet.
  • PHOTO:  Submit a 5” x 7” head shot
  • RELEASE AND WAIVER: Execute the Release and Waiver accompanying the application form.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Wow that is a perfect way to take a vacation from the real life... I am so on it.


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