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 10-25 hours weekly, depending of your needs.  Intern recruitment will occur for Fall 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. 

COLLECTIONS PROJECT INTERN (UNPAID)

COLLECTIONS

SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Collections Manager, the Collections Project Intern will work with objects in the Space & Popular Culture category. This position is responsible for processing, cataloging, inventory, research, and proper storage of these objects in order to preserve them for exhibition and education.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with the inventory and processing of objects in the Space & Popular Culture category
  • Conduct cataloging of the objects for inclusion into PastPerfect museum software
  • Assist with data input into PastPerfect
  • Conduct research on the objects as needed
  • Ensure that proper storage, handling, and preparation guidelines are followed
  • Other duties as assigned

ACADEMIC MAJOR

  • College student or graduate
  • Pursuing a degree in Museum Studies, History, 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
  • Ability to learn processes and procedures quickly
  • 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 within 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 computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect museum software a benefit
  • Must be able to lift boxes up to 30 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb ladders
  • Must comply with all Collections Department processes and procedures

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 – Thursday between 9 am – 4 pm. 

Discovery Room Facilitator-Internship (unpaid)

 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 (unpaid)

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.

INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT INTERN (UNPAID) or WORK-STUDY

INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT DEPARTMENT

SUMMARY

The Institutional Advancement Department seeks an intern. This internship offers an excellent introduction to a nonprofit organization, and will help establish knowledge in general business, development strategy, cultivation, project management and the St. Louis fundraising environment. Interns will have the opportunity to work with the Sponsorship and Promotions Manager and the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations to help cultivate partnerships for Saint Louis Science Center programs and events.

 

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in stewarding relationships with partners and donors
  • Assist in the promotions of films and exhibits
  • Support Development initiatives including researching partners and prospective partners, preparing mailings, and maintaining constituent records
  • Assist with the preparation and implementation of events
  • Assist with planning and executing the annual golf tournament
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, problem-solving, administrative and computer skills. Must be professional, self-motivated, detail-oriented, dependable, punctual, and have the ability to follow through on tasks while working independently.

TIME COMMITMENTS

  • Participate approximately 15 hours per week for approximately 12-13 weeks
  • Scheduling is flexible but requires absolute reliability and dependability (2-3 weekdays, mornings or afternoons)

 

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

Preferably Junior or Senior who is interested in Nonprofits, Fundraising, or Communications.

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 2016 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 2016 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, depending on your needs (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. Internship is available for Fall, Spring and Summer semester(s).

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

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 for Fall, Spring and Summer semester(s). 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:

Interested in the social sciences?! The Science Center’s Research and Evaluation Team is looking for a Research & Evaluation Assistant. This position is great for those interested in museum studies, research and evaluation, anthropology, psychology, sociology, marketing, education and/or the learning sciences.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The R&E Assistant conducts data collection, through conducting interviews, surveys, and observations, for Science Center exhibit and program evaluations and market research studies and may also assist full-time and part-time department staff in project research, including data entry.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Comfort in working with the public in a positive and friendly manner, accuracy in following detailed instructions for data collection and data entry procedures, good analytical skills, proficiency with spreadsheet software (such as excel or SPSS) for data entry, ability to stand/move quickly around the galleries for a 3-5 hour data collection period, and ability to speak English clearly so as to be easily understood by visitors.  College level classes in marketing research, social science research, survey research, museum studies and/or related coursework preferred.

 

TIME COMMITMENT:

This is a part-time work-study position, hours per week depends on availability (no less than 10 hours), scheduled 2-3 days per week.


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 and Summer 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.