Work-Study & Internships
OMSI has a wide range of work-study and internship opportunities serving students with professional, impactful avenues to engage in experiential and community-based learning. Learn more about opportunities and requirements below!
Current Work-study Opportunities
Were you awarded a federal work-study award in your financial aid package?
OMSI is partnered with numerous colleges and universities in the Portland metropolitan area and beyond. Check if your school is one of OMSI’s current partners! We have a wide-range of work-study opportunities serving students with professional and impactful avenues to engage in experiential and community-based learning.
Portland State University
Lewis & Clark College
Portland Community College
Mount Hood Community College
University of Portland
Our work-study students engage the museum in a diverse set of ways; check out our opportunities in our seven departments which offer transformational engagement experiences to students – giving back to the community. OMSI can provide a positive and engaging avenue to your education and career development. The avenues are limitless!
Current Internship Opportunities
Forget making coffee and running errands. Our internships are built with you and your professional goals in mind. Our program is competitive, but we’re eager to hear from you. Internships are unpaid and are typically a twelve-week commitment.
Hoping to get credit? Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's policy and procedures for awarding credit for internships.
Public Programs Internship
The Public Programs Intern has three main roles: (1) researching interesting and current topics in science, (2) developing creative and engaging educational programing for primarily adult audiences, and (3) facilitating guest learning experiences.
Equity & Inclusion Internship
The Volunteer Engagement Specialist assists with coordination of support and implementation of policies relating to OMSI’s volunteers. They will support facilitation and evaluation of professional development trainings.
The Featured Exhibit Internship
The Featured Exhibit Intern position has three main roles:
(1) facilitate visitor learning experiences with informal interactions, demonstrations, and activities, (2) assist and work alongside volunteers in the exhibit and (3) provide customer service.
OMSI's upcoming temporary exhibit is BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. At the supervisor’s discretion, some of the intern’s time may also be spent on special projects.
Teen Tech Center Internship
The Teen Tech Center is a free multimedia and creative technology-focused maker space specifically for ages 13-18. Intern will provide support for teens so they can express themselves creatively and gain hands-on experience with high tech tools.
Physics Lab Curriculum Internship
The Physics Lab Curriculum Assistant will support in the curation of demonstrations and activities available to Physics Lab visitors—documenting inventory, curriculum, and materials for each as needed.
Early Childhood Education Internship
This internship reports to Museum Education staff in the Science Playground and Discovery Lab, where young children ages 0-6 learn and explore in fun, developmentally appropriate settings.
Interns assist in maintaining the physical spaces, supporting parents and children while they experience activities and exhibits, and ensuring the safety of our youngest visitors and their families.
Feeling creative? Propose an internship.
How? Send a letter of interest describing your goals—including your desired time commitment and a proposed schedule—along with your resume and internship application. We will contact you from there.