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Internships

Not your grandma’s internship.

Forget making coffee and running errands. Our internships are built with you and your professional goals in mind.

Tell me more.

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.

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Current Internship Openings

Internship openings for the Fall 2017 term will be available starting August 15th. If you have any questions or comments about available positions, or would like to suggest a new position, please call Volunteer Services at (503) 239-7814 or email us at VolunteerServices@omsi.edu

Museum Internships

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.

Check out our currently internship opportunities:

Ready to apply?

Submit your application online!

Apply Now

Work Study Program

Transformative Learning with OMSI

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.

Our Partners

  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • Pacific University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Portland Community College
  • Mount Hood Community College
  • University of Portland
  • Art Institute of Portland
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Clackamas Community College


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!

Check out our currently available work-study opportunities:

Ready to apply?

Submit your application online!

Apply Now

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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.

Have what it takes? Apply now.

Download our application, and send it with a current resume and cover letter to us.

OMSI Volunteer Services
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

VolunteerServices@omsi.edu

Apply Now

Tip! Your cover letter serves as a writing sample to demonstrate your communication skills. Consider including the following:

  • What interests you about the internship?
  • What skills, knowledge, and experiences are you bringing?
  • What do you hope to learn or gain from your internship? This might include earning academic credit, gaining professional experience, or exploring career options

Timing is everything.

Positions may open at any time, and we accept applications until they are filled. Interested in Science Education and Early Childhood Education internships? They have specific deadlines, so mark your calendar. 

Season

Fall

Winter/Spring

Summer

Application Deadline

September 20

January 1

April 7

Notification Date

October 1

January 15

April 28

Now Hiring Work Study!

We hire college students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study funding as part of their financial aid package for paid positions in Science Education. Interested?