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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

Below are current internship openings. If there aren't any at the moment, reach out to us for more information about how to create your own internship focused on what you're passionate about!

Chemistry Lab Intern

The Chemistry Lab intern assists education staff in the maintenance and development of the Chemistry Lab while facilitating visitors’ learning experiences with informal interactions, demonstrations, and activities.

Design Lab Intern

OMSI Design Lab interns assist OMSI’s paid staff in facilitating interactive activities that inspire people to engage with tinkering, technology, and problem solving through innovation, creation and design thinking.

Development - Gala Intern

Assist the Development team in executing OMSI's largest fundraising event of the year.

Development Intern

The Development intern provides support to OMSI's Development Department and associated events

Early Childhood Education Intern

Early Childhood Education interns assist education staff in the daily functioning and maintenance of the Science Playground, while providing a safe and fun learning environment for our youngest visitors and their families.

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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.

Earth Science Intern

Earth Science interns assist education staff with the development and maintenance of the Earth Science Labs (Earth Science, Paleontology, and Science on a Sphere), while facilitating learning experiences through informal interactions, demos, and SOS presentations.

Exhibit Research and Development Intern

This internship offers a unique opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the exhibit research and development process at OMSI as a project intern for the Exhibit R&D team. 

Featured Exhibits Intern

Featured Exhibits interns assist education staff in facilitating visitor interactions with OMSI's short-term traveling exhibits and maintaining the integrity of the Featured Exhibits Hall.

Food Science Intern

Food Science interns help education staff prepare and execute learning experiences related to OMSI's Food Science program designed to help visitors explore the science behind the food they eat.

Informal STEM Education Policy and Politics Intern

The Informal STEM Education Policy and Politics Intern will plan and conduct primary and secondary research regarding the landscape of educational policy and political systems within which OMSI operates. 

Life Science Intern

Life Science interns aid education staff in providing informal interactions and demonstrations to engage visitors with various aspects of biology, and also provide care and maintenance to the Life Science Lab's collection of live animals.

Marketing - Graphic Design Intern

Get real world experience and boost your portfolio while you intern as a graphic designer on OMSI’s marketing team.

Photography Intern

The Photography Intern will be photographing summer camps, events, and fun things
around the museum for future marketing campaigns and social media.

Physics Lab Intern

Physics Lab interns assist education staff in developing interactions and demonstrations designed to engage visitors in exploring physical science topics in the Physics Lab, Laser/Holography Lab, and the Turbine Hall, and also aid in upkeep of lab spaces.

Play Lab Intern

The Play Lab Intern will conduct research and help develop educational materials for the OMSI team while gaining hands-on experience related to informal education and child development.

Science Education Intern

Science Education interns take on multiple roles throughout OMSI's exhibit halls and labs to assist education staff in delivery of accurate and engaging scientific content to museum visitors.

Volunteer Services Intern

The Volunteer Services Intern assists with the full range of volunteer coordination duties at OMSI.

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

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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. 





Application Deadline

September 20

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Notification Date

October 1

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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?