Interns work throughout the Museum on a wide variety of projects and tasks including everything from science education to behind-the-scenes work. An internship at the Museum of Science is an excellent way to gain a hands-on, work-learn experience in a specific area of interest or field of study. Our internship program offers internships for one of three trimesters: fall, spring, and summer.
The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees, and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.
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Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or veteran status, ancestry, genetic information, military service, and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. The Museum of Science does not discriminate, on the basis of disability, against any individual who chooses to participate in any programs, service, venue, or activity.
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How to Apply
In order to be considered for an internship, please email the internship program coordinator with the following:
- The exact internship position title in the subject line
- A cover letter detailing your interest in and relevant experience related to a specific internship position
- A resumé that includes contact information of three references
You may apply for multiple positions; please send a separate email with a tailored cover letter for each position. Emails are preferred and can be processed more quickly. However, we are also able to accept cover letters and resumés by mail or fax if necessary:
Mail to:Internship Program Coordinator Museum of Science 1 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
617-589-0314 617-589-0362 (FAX) firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form is not necessary for initial application but will be required if you are selected for an interview.
To complete the application, open the link below and fill in the appropriate fields (if using a Mac, please open and complete the application in Adobe Reader). Once completed, save the PDF file and email it as an attachment.
Please understand that due to the large quantity of applications we receive, we are not able to provide a personal response with status updates to each candidate. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted, and positions will be removed from the list below once they have been filled. Thank you for your interest and understanding.
Who can apply for an internship?
The Museum of Science accepts applications from college-level freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as graduate students. We also accept applications from recent graduates and people making a career change.
High school students are eligible to apply for the listed internships, but only after completing 50 hours of volunteer work at the Museum. If you have not completed the volunteer requirement, consider our summer youth volunteer program. Visit the volunteer page for further information. If you have completed 50 hours, then discuss additional internship opportunities for high school students with your volunteer supervisor or the internship program coordinator.
Are Museum of Science internships paid or unpaid?
We offer paid and unpaid positions, depending on the internship, as specified in each position description. Our paid internships pay $8.00 – $8.25 per hour. Any internship can be done for course credit, as long as your educational institution allows it.
How do I apply? What should I include?
Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for a specific internship position and a resumé, including contact information of three references. You do not need letters of reference; simply list the contacts. The application and voluntary self-identification form are not necessary when you first apply and will only be required if you are selected for an interview.
May I apply for multiple internships?
Please be sure to read over each position description carefully, as each has specific responsibilities and qualifications.
You may apply for multiple internships if you feel you meet the qualifications of each position. However, please be sure to send a separate email for each internship that interests you, with a cover letter and resumé tailored to the requirements of each position.
When does recruiting start for summer, fall, or spring internships?
Summer internships (May/June — August) are advertised starting in mid-February. Fall internships (September — December) are advertised starting in mid-July. Spring internships (January/February — May/June) are advertised starting in mid-November. Please check the listings below for positions currently accepting applications.
Most internships run three to four months over the course of one semester.
When are the application deadlines?
All applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Internships will be filled on a rolling basis and will be removed from the listings below once we are no longer accepting applications. If there is a position on the site that interests you, please submit your materials in a timely manner, as many positions fill quickly.
How will I know if my application was received?
All applicants who send their materials by email will receive an auto-email confirmation within two business days. Applicants who send materials by mail or fax may follow up by email or phone. Please understand that due to the large quantity of applications received, we are not able to provide a personal response with status updates to each candidate. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted, and positions will be removed from the listings below once they have been filled.
Can I do an internship for course credit?
Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. Students are responsible for paperwork, arrangements, and credit fees.
Can I use my work study funds or my school's internship stipend?
Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. We can work with students who wish to use their work study funds or internship stipends from their school. Students are responsible for all paperwork.
Do you offer housing for interns or relocation assistance?
No, interns are responsible for their own housing and relocation costs.
Do you accept international students?
We cannot offer a visa to work in the internship program. You must be eligible to work in the United States in order to be considered.
What are the benefits of being an intern at the Museum of Science?
Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage and proximity to the MBTA's Green Line. Interns receive free admission to the Exhibit Halls, IMAX® films, Planetarium shows, 3-D shows, Butterfly Garden, and Duck Tours, as well as discounts in the Museum store and café. We also have a great reciprocity agreement with local museums and institutions, so you can visit them for free or reduced rates while you are an intern at the Museum!
Is there a career pathway at the Museum of Science?
Yes! The career pathway varies depending on whether you are a youth in high school or a post-high-school applicant.
High school youth age 14 – 18 are required to volunteer at the Museum for at least 50 hours before becoming eligible to apply for a paid internship. Once they have completed this requirement, most high school students apply for the summer SciCORE Internship Program which is only open to high school volunteers. However, some high school volunteers apply for academic year internships.
We require the 50 hours of volunteer service in order to familiarize students with the institution, help them develop valuable professional skill sets, and give them an appreciation for the culture and community of the Museum. For more information on this career pathway, please contact the internship program coordinator.
Applicants who are in college, graduate school, or are adult career changers can apply for any internship listed below.
At the conclusion of an internship, interns are welcome to apply for a job at the Museum.
I have a question that is not listed on this page. Whom should I contact?
Please contact the internship program coordinator, 617-589-0314.