Frequently Asked Questions
Sounds cool, but I don’t know much about science.
You don’t have to! All you need is a sense of fun and willingness to learn! Our volunteers have all sorts of different backgrounds, from science to stay-at-home parents. With so many departments to choose from, we know there’s a place for you!
I love people! Will I have a chance to interact with visitors?
Absolutely! We love volunteers who love to talk to the public. Whether it’s greeting guests on their way into exhibits or showing off cool demonstrations, our volunteers get lots of training and opportunities to share scientific fun with visitors.
I like things a little more quiet. Do I have to hang out with six-year-olds?
Not if you don’t want to! We need lots of help behind the scenes too and we have plenty of opportunities for people who love a little peace and quiet.
I have a disability. Are there opportunities for me?
Of course! We work all volunteers to find the perfect match for their skills and interests.
I’m really into space/trains/submarines/sports. Will I be able to volunteer in a department that suits my interests?
You bet! We have dozens of areas that need volunteers. If you have a passion for our Miniature Railroad and Village® or can’t get enough of the submarine, we’ll assign you a berth in the place that suits you best! And we promise, you won’t have to go near the cockroaches… unless you want to!
What’s the time commitment?
In order to create a great experience for our volunteers and guests, most positions require a minimum time commitment of four hours per week for at least 6 months, but we’d love to have you do more! Some positions, like Special Event Volunteers have more flexible scheduling options.
What happens after I apply?
Once we get your application, we’ll review it and contact you if you’re selected for an interview.
This program is for undergraduate and graduate college students as well as recent graduates. Internships are available in most Science Center departments and you don’t have to be a science major! From food and nutrition, to business, to athletics, there may be a department that fits your course of study. All majors are invited to apply for our internships.
What kind of experience will I gain?
Interns work in a variety of different departments through the Science Center and your training depends on what you’ll be doing. Examples include preparing and evaluating education materials, assisting with staff training, helping children explore the wonders of science, researching science content for shows and exhibits, assisting with creative planning and design of marketing materials, providing computer support and much more!
What are the requirements?
Interns will need to complete a minimum of 120 hours during the course of the internship. Internships are offered in the spring, summer and fall and may range anywhere from two to 12 months. School credits may determine the number of hours per week, but program hours are flexible and will depend on your assignment. Acceptance into the program is contingent on completing required background checks, some of which may have a nominal fee.