The Saint Louis Science Center appreciates your interest in our internship opportunities. We strive to attract a diverse group of qualified students to join our team.

Interested students should submit their cover letter and resume to tjamerso@slsc.org or by mail to:

Saint Louis Science Center
Attn: Trebor Jamerson
5050 Oakland Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Internships are available for the following positions:  

 

AMAZING SCIENCE DEMONSTRATION ASSISTANT (UNPAID)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE GALLERY

QUALIFICATIONS

Prefer Junior-Senior level student pursuing Science Education, Museum Studies, or related field. Must possess an understanding of physical and/or life science, be a self-starter capable of researching and working independently, be able to work cooperatively with other staff members, be organized, and be creative. Must be enthusiastic and possess excellent interpersonal skills and be capable of attracting and engaging an audience for a large-scale demonstration. 

TIME COMMITMENT

Available for approximately 10-15 hours weekly.  Intern recruitment will occur for Spring Flexible schedule- weekday mornings or afternoons and able to participate 3-4 hours weekly on some portion of a Saturday or Sunday. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

During the course of this internship, the intern will learn and present Amazing Science Demonstrations to the general public, assist with behind-the-scenes tasks relating to Amazing Science Demonstrations, assist with evaluation of Amazing Science Demonstrators, research topics for new Amazing Science Demonstrations, and develop his/her own demonstration. 

Specific duties include:

  • Assist staff with the preparation and presentation of Amazing Science Demonstrations
  • Support Amazing Science Demonstrations by assisting with behind-the-scenes duties including inventory and ordering of materials
  • Present Amazing Science Demonstrations with a focus on enthusiastic, exciting, engaging, and educational show presentation in a timely fashion
  • Research and develop an Amazing Science Demonstration, including…
    • Research topic for science demonstration
    • Determine materials needs and costs associated with the demonstration
    • Practice demonstration and develop written training materials
    • Train staff members (paid and unpaid) on the presentation of the science demonstration
  • Assist in the evaluation of demonstrators and demonstrations
  • Assist in training staff members to do Amazing Science Demonstrations

COLLECTIONS ARCHIVE INTERN (UNPAID)
COLLECTIONS

SUMMARY
Under the direction of the Collections Manager, the Collections Archive Intern will organize and maintain all archival documentation in the collections.  This position is responsible for processing documents, sorting and filing documents, fulfilling research requests, and properly storing archival materials. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Collections Manager in the organization and management of the Science Center archives.
  • Accession, catalog, properly document, and organize archival materials.
  • Sort and file archival materials into the archives.
  • Assist the Collections Manager to fulfill research requests for information contained in the archives.
  • Ensure that proper storage of all archival materials is maintained and updated as needed.
  • Create finding aids for archival collections.
  • Digitize archival materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

ACADEMIC MAJOR

  • College student or graduate
  • Pursuing a degree in Museum Studies, Library Sciences, Archives and Record Management or related field preferred

OTHER NECESSARY SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Self-starter, able to follow instructions and able to perform duties with minimum supervision
  • Good verbal, written communication skills and able to convey information clearly
  • Knowledge and proficiency with office procedures and equipment
  • Flexible, able to work independently, confidentially, and with deadlines
  • Friendly, proactive and professional
  • Ability to work with a wide range of staff and volunteers
  • Ability to exchange information, problem solve and research
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize
  • Must be able to lift boxes up to 20 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb ladders.

TIME COMMITMENT

The intern must be prepared to participate approximately 10-15 hours weekly for 11 weeks, from a mutually agreed upon start date until a mutually agreed upon concluding date.  The intern can schedule flexible hours on site within Monday – Friday between 9 am – 5 pm. 

Discovery Room Facilitator-Internship (stipend)

 or WORK STUDY

Qualifications

Sixty or more hours of college level coursework is required, preferably in the areas of teaching, early childhood education and/or science.  Related work experiences are desirable.  Ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and be enthusiastic about working with children and families in group and individual settings.  Knowledge of basic science is helpful. 

Time Commitment

Approx. 12-15 hours per week for 8-10 weeks.  Hours are flexible.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Support visitor experiences in the Discovery Room, an early education venue, by exhibit interpretation, facilitating interactive learning, aiding hands-on learning experiences, and assisting in large group presentations.

The Science Center’s informal learning environment provides experiences, largely self-directed, that are enhanced by staff abilities to stimulate interest and help facilitate engagement in active science exploration using gallery exhibits, tabletop activities and demonstrations. Inquiry-based interaction is a key visitor contact strategy.

Ecology and Environment INTERN (unpaid) or work-study

 EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

QUALIFICATIONS

3rd or 4th year college or Graduate student majoring in the Earth Sciences, Geology, Paleontology, Archaeology, History, Meteorology, or Early Childhood/Elementary Education; interested in teaching, informal education and/or museum education. Possess good verbal communications skills, close attention to detail, familiarity with internet and Microsoft Word and enthusiastic about informal science education.  Speak to your University advisor for possible college credit option. 

COMMITMENT

Minimum 12 hours per week for 14 weeks during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester (1 or 2 semesters).  Must be available for occasional weekends, evenings, and/or holidays.  Schedule is negotiable. 

CAREER PATH

  • Candidates can choose either a 1 semester or 2 semester option.
  • Candidates can opt for the Fossil Prep Lab path which includes working with actual fossils as well as exhibit development; or the Gallery Educator path which focuses on the implementation of informal science education in the galleries as well as exhibit development. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  FOSSIL PREP LAB & EXHIBIT DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop familiarity with all exhibit galleries, especially Earth-Environmental galleries.
  • Learn Prep Lab procedures and lab techniques (including fossil preparation).
  • Learn informal learning strategies and visitor interaction techniques.
  • Learn to present interpretation of paleontology as a discipline and interpret fossil and dinosaur artifacts for visitors.
  • Prepare and offer presentation to the public about some aspect of the field of paleontology.
  • Develop activities and/or exhibits for Earth-Environmental galleries. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  GALLERY EDUCATOR & EXHIBIT DEVELOPMENT

  • Become familiar with the Ecology and Environment gallery exhibits, as well as the Science Center’s inquiry-based, informal learning philosophy.
  • Present Earth-science table-top demonstrations and activities to visitors throughout gallery.
  • Work with Senior Educator to revitalize and create new hands-on engaging experiences in gallery.
  • Develop a new interaction strategy or pocket-science activity for interacting with visitors on the floor.

 

Engineering internship (Stipend)

Youth Exploring Science Program

Department of COMMUNITY SCIENCE

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Under graduate through graduate level college students pursuing degree in Engineering.
  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours of engineering at college level and experience preferred.
  • Must be comfortable presenting to students and families at the Saint Louis Science Center, schools and community organizations. Must be willing to teach using project based learning. Must be comfortable working with diverse teenagers in our Youth Exploring Science (YES) program (See youthexploringscience.com.) 

TIME COMMITMENT

Able to work 12 hours per week, working four hours weekdays and eight hours on Saturdays, during Fall/Spring semester(s). 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop, prepare, and present various informal science learning activities to a cohort of teens in the YES program. Supervise teens and mentor teens.

Contact: Marlynn Chambers, mchambers@slsc.org or 314-289-1469.

LIFE SCIENCE LAB ANIMAL CARE INTERN (UNPAID)

SUMMARY
The Life Science content area at the Saint Louis Science Center seeks to recruit an individual to serve as an Animal Care Intern (unpaid) to help to care for the animals in the Life Science Lab as well as provide education and interpretation of the live collection to the general public. The Life Science Lab offers visitors to the Saint Louis Science Center an authentic science experience where they can experiment and engage in life science topics. This internship is available for Fall 2015 and continuing thereafter. Interns will be recruited each semester.

TIME COMMITMENT
Candidate will work approximately 10-15 hours weekly for approximately 8-10 weeks (one semester) with an option of extending to two semesters. Flexible schedule – daily mornings or afternoons during Science Center building hours (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform animal care duties such as feeding and cleaning for our living collection including rats, salamanders, birds and fish
  • Assist in the regular delivery of Atrium programming as it relates to our animals
  • Provide interpretation of the Pacific Coral Reef Aquarium for visitors in the Life Science Classroom
  • Assist in the regular set up and delivery of Lab Classroom programming, as it relates to the Life Science Lab’s animals
  • Have the opportunity to develop new educational activities that focus on the Life Science Lab’s animals

ACADEMIC EMPHASIS

Any level of college/graduate student pursuing science, science education or zoology. Prefer applicants with some experience working with animals, especially aquatic animals, in a laboratory setting and presenting programs to children.

NECESSARY SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES
Self-starter, organized, loves learning, comfortable working as a member of a team, has excellent communication skills, thorough, looking for an opportunity to participate in an innovative, creative enterprise. Possessing some knowledge of national and/or state science education standards (Missouri or Illinois) would be helpful.

LIFE SCIENCE LAB CLASSROOM INTERN (UNPAID)

SUMMARY
The Life Science team at the Saint Louis Science Center seeks to recruit an individual to serve as an unpaid intern to help to develop and deliver life science programming in the Lab Classroom of the Life Science Lab. The Life Science Lab offers visitors to the Saint Louis Science Center an authentic science experience where they can experiment and engage in life science topics. This internship is available for Fall 2015 and continuing thereafter. Interns will be recruited each semester.

TIME COMMITMENT
Candidate will work approximately 10-15 hours weekly for approximately 8-10 weeks (one semester) with an option of extending to two semesters. Flexible schedule – weekday mornings or afternoons during Science Center building hours (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop one Lab Classroom activity on a life science topic of their choosing
  • Assist in the regular set up and delivery of Lab Classroom programming
  • Lead certain Lab Classroom activities 

ACADEMIC EMPHASIS
Any level of college/graduate student pursuing Science Education. Prefer applicants with some experience developing and presenting programs to children. 

NECESSARY SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES
Self-starter, organized, loves learning, comfortable working as a member of a team, has excellent communication skills, thorough, looking for an opportunity to participate in an innovative, creative enterprise. Possessing some knowledge of national and/or state science education standards (Missouri or Illinois) would be helpful.


MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN (UNPAID)

DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS 

QUALIFICATIONS

Preferably sophomore, junior or senior applicants who are studying Public Relations, Communications, English, Marketing or closely related study. Must be earnestly interested in learning and working in the field of Public Relations, Communications and Marketing. Must be cordial and have a strong customer-service orientation. Poised and well-groomed, professional appearance and demeanor. Self-directed, well-developed interpersonal skills, organized, willing to assume leadership role on projects, dependable, possess excellent telephone skills, proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, pay close attention to detail and have advanced writing skills. 

When possible, interns will use a Science Center vehicle to distribute promotional materials and to attend off-site events; however, they may be required to use their own personal transportation from time to time. We ask that interns maintain a schedule of their visits and keep a mileage log. Mileage will be reimbursed. Interns must have a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record. Driving records will be checked and verified. 

TIME COMMITMENT

Must participate regularly and dependably approximately 12-18 hours weekly for one to two semesters (approximately 14-28 weeks). Scheduling: weekdays with some weekend events. Flexible mornings, afternoons, full days negotiable. May require assorted early morning or evening hours. Requires absolute reliability and dependability. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Internship is available for fall with option to continue into spring/summer semesters. Intern will assist the Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Marketing Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator and other members of the Marketing-Communications team with marketing and communications efforts such as:

  • Initiate outreach for group sales and following up with additional communication with direction from the Marketing Coordinator
  • Assist with Public Relations opportunities – may require accompanying guests to television and radio media appearances, assisting at onsite media and promotional events, staffing onsite film and exhibition previews, etc.
  • Manage and track SLSC promotional collateral distribution to offsite locations, includes tracking the redemption of promotional collateral redeemed
  • Manage and update media (print, digital, TV, radio, etc.) rates, demographics, circulation and opportunities for current and future planning
  • Manage and update the current list for sales and content contacts at local papers, journals, TV stations, etc.
  • Research and write SLSC media advisories and news releases as instructed
  • Assist with possible special events and special projects
  • Maintain SLSC presence in local calendar listings (print and online)
  • Make pitch calls to local media outlets about SLSC events and other news
  • Create, edit, distribute and maintain on-site and off-site marketing and promotional needs as instructed
  • Represent the SLSC by participating in event marketing on and off site
  • Other public relations and marketing projects as needed

MEMBERSHIP INTERNSHIP (UNPAID)
INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

SUMMARY
Interns will be acting as the face of the Saint Louis Science Center by fostering new and existing visitor and Member relationships, participating in event marketing and interacting with Members on-site at Membership desk and occasionally on the telephone. Assist team with Membership processing and fulfillment operations and learn about other department-related functions. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist Membership staff with on-site sales efforts, processing and fulfillment operations
  • Interact with Members via in person, by telephone, email and postal service
  • Provide copywriting and editing for Member publications and marketing materials.
  • Assist with possible special projects and research 
  • Represent the Science Center and Membership by participating in event marketing on and off site
  • Maintain detailed status reports
  • Perform compliance checks
  • Other duties as assigned

TIME COMMITMENT

Approximately 12-24 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks.  Scheduling is flexible, but reliability and dependability of interns is obligatory (2-3 weekdays, mornings or afternoons, some weekend events) 

ACADEMIC INTERESTS
Preferably Junior or Senior who is interested in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration, Sales Management or related field. 

OTHER ATTRIBUTES

Cordial, customer service oriented. Individual(s) must be organized and possess a willingness to jump in and help when needed. Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, professionalism and attention to detail required. Must demonstrate enthusiasm and sensitivity to customer needs. Familiar with the metropolitan St. Louis area is helpful but not mandatory.

PROGRAM FACILITATOR ASSISTANT (UNPAID)

CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Primarily seek Education major, preferably with interest in or emphasis in science
  • Combined interest/major in Education-Aerospace/Space Sciences
  • Some education-related experience is highly desired
  • Seek Junior, Senior, and Graduate level student
  • Require good communications skills
  • Outgoing personality
  • Some familiarity with the current Space program 

TIME COMMITMENT

Participate 6-12 hours weekly. Weekdays TBD and depending on student’s availability. Participate approximately 8:30 –11 am and/or 12-2:30 pm for entire semester, approximately 14 weeks Summer, Fall semester, Spring semester. Internship seeks to recruit one intern each semester, possibly two interns.  Must be dependable and able to work hours as scheduled. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

During weekdays, the intern will assist with conducting simulated space missions and other space science education programs at the Challenger Learning Center for students in kindergarten through eighth grades.  Featuring a replica orbiting space station and Mission Control Center, the Challenger Learning Center enables participants to engage in a simulated space mission during which they participate in activities similar to those performed by NASA astronauts, scientists, and engineers. The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is a partnership of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

CONTACT: Tasmyn Front, Director, Challenger Learning Center @ tasmyn@clcstlouis.org; please send current resume and cover letter detailing your interest.

RESEARCH & EVALUATION ASSISTANT WORK-STUDY

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION DEPARTMENT

SUMMARY

The Research & Evaluation Assistant conducts data collection, through interviews and observations, for Science Center exhibit and program evaluations and market research studies.  To do this, the Research & Evaluation Assistant also assists full-time and part-time department staff in project research, including data entry.  

Essential skills include being comfortable working with the public in a positive and friendly manner and being able to accurately follow detailed instructions for data collection and data entry procedures.  This is a part-time, work-study position, hours per week depended on availability (no less than 10 hours), scheduled 2-3 days per week. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducts interviews/observations in an assigned location for a designated time, recording data according to a specified protocol.
  • Makes judgments about categories of responses according to protocol.
  • Distributes visitor satisfaction rating cards according to a specified protocol.
    • Conducts a positive interaction with visitors and refers them to appropriate Science Center staff or locations to meet other needs.
    • Enters data in spreadsheet computer packages.
    • Attends scheduled department meetings for training on data collection protocols for new
          projects.
      • Assists department staff with project administration.
      • May conduct traffic pattern surveys or be assigned specific gallery observations.
      • May conduct observations and interviews and write up field notes.
        • May conduct literature searches via internet and libraries to support departmental research projects.
        • May participate in meetings to coordinate data collection and analysis with other evaluation team members.
        • Attends scheduled institutional meetings.
        • Other duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Ability to conduct interviews/observations and record responses according to set protocol with a high degree of reliability and accuracy.
  • Ability to interact with the public in a pleasant and productive manner.
  • Proficiency with computers for data entry for both quantitative and qualitative data.Good analytical skills. 

EDUCATION

High school diploma required.  College level classes in marketing research, social science research, survey research, museum studies and/or related coursework.  

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience with data entry into spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel or SPSS.
  • Experience interacting with the public.
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions regarding data collection procedures, including being able to make judgements about categories of responses according to a specified protocol. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Ability to speak English clearly so as to be easily understood by visitors.
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions given both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to accurately and legibly record visitors’ verbal response to survey questions. 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to do basic arithmetic calculations. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

Ability to stand /move quickly around the galleries for a 4-5 hour data collection period. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

Data collection primarily occurs in the Science Center’s galleries and lobbies.  Project support activities, such as data entry, occur in an office environment.  Variable work schedule may include weekends, evenings, and holidays.

 

YES internship (UNPAID)

Youth Exploring Science Program

Department of COMMUNITY SCIENCE

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Under graduate through graduate level college students pursuing degrees in science, education, technology, and business.
  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours of science at college level and experience preferred.
  • Must be comfortable presenting to students and families at the Saint Louis Science Center, schools and community organizations. Must be willing to teach using project based learning. Must be comfortable working with diverse teenagers in our Youth Exploring Science (YES) program (Seeyouthexploringscience.com.) 

TIME COMMITMENT

Able to work 10 hours per week, working two hours weekdays and eight hours on Saturdays, during Fall/Spring semester(s). 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop, prepare, and present various informal science learning activities to a cohort of teens in the YES program. Supervise teens and mentor teens.

Contact: Marlynn Chambers, mchambers@slsc.org or 314-289-1469.