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Internship Opportunites

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 or by mail to:

Saint Louis Science Center
Attn: Halcyone Brown
5050 Oakland Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Internships are available for the following positions:


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.


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.


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

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.


  • 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.


  • Senior level college student or Graduate student
  • Pursuing a degree in Museum Studies, Library Sciences, Archives and Record Management or related field preferred


  • 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.


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.


Under the direction of the Collections Manager, the Collections Digital Intern will work to create a digital format of the objects in the Saint Louis Science Center’s Collections which can increase accessibility to the Collections for the public and assist in ongoing preservation efforts of the Collections. This position is responsible for photographing a wide variety of Collections objects and materials for inclusion into museum software, as well as inclusion on the Science Center’s website.


  • Assist with the prioritization of Collections objects to be digitized
  • Photograph Collections objects for inclusion into Proficio museum software
  • Assist with data input into Proficio
  • Process digital images using Photoshop or Microsoft Picture Manager
  • Assist with the creation of a system to organize and consistently track images and corresponding Collections objects
  • Ensure that proper storage, handling, and preparation guidelines are followed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Senior level college student or Graduate student
  • Pursuing a degree in Photography, Art History, Museum Studies or related field referred
  • Graduate students in Museum Studies program strongly preferred
  • Minimum one-year museum experience working with collection artifacts


  • Ability to learn processes and procedures quickly
  • Good verbal, written communication skills and able to convey information clearly
  • Knowledge and proficiency with photographic 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 organizational skills, ability to prioritize
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Photoshop
  • Familiarity with Proficio or other museum software programs a benefit
  • Must comply with all Collections Department processes and procedures


The intern must be prepared to participate approximately 20 hours weekly for 35-40 weeks (fall and spring semesters), 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Perform animal care duties such as feeding and cleaning for our living collection including salamanders, frogs and fish
  • Assist in the regular delivery of Atrium programming as it relates to life science topics
  • Provide interpretation of the Pacific Coral Reef Aquarium and other activities for visitors in the Life Science Classroom
  • Assist Life Science staff with daily operations of the Activity Benches, educational programs, and other gallery areas
  • Interns will be expected to create and document a new educational activity for the gallery, using interpretation skills learned during the internship

Any level college/graduate student pursuing a degree in science, science education or general education. Prefer applicants with some experience presenting programs to the public and/or with experience caring for animals, especially aquatic animals, in a laboratory setting.

During the course of this internship, the intern will learn and present Life Science table tops and programs to the general public, assist with animal care, facilitate visitor experience at the Activity Benches, research topics for new Life Science activities, and develop his/her own activity.

20 hours per week, schedule is flexible, some weekends required.


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.


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).


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

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.


  • 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


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)

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


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.


Students majoring in Biology, Urban Agriculture, Horticulture, Agriculture, Museum Studies, Education, or 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 enthusiasm about informal science education.


This Intern will assist with the informal education delivery and with horticulture and animal maintenance.  Excellent interpersonal skills and enthusiasm about helping people learn are required. Prefer some experience working with children or with a wide range of ages (customer service).


Approximately 12-15 hours per week (flexible schedule), some weekday mornings or afternoons and approximately 4-5 hours on some portion of a Saturday or Sunday are preferred. Schedule is negotiable.


  • Become familiar with the GROW galley exhibits, as well as the Science Center’s inquiry-based, informal learning philosophy.
  • Work with the GROW Gallery Manager and Plant and Animal Manager to gain experience with on-site plantings and animals.
  • Assist with implementation of planting activities and planting plan as well as overall horticultural tasks.
  • Present gallery related table-top demonstrations and activities to visitors.


  • 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


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.


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 @; please send current resume and cover letter detailing your interest.


Science Outreach Interns are keen networkers, eager to connect Science Center visitors with the exciting things happening in science and technology around the St. Louis region and eager to help scientists understand how to better communicate with the public. Interns will aid the STEaM Network Manager in event coordination and implementation for the SciFest series of family-focused weekend expos (, as well as program development and coordination for Portal to the Public professional development workshops (


  • Interest in promoting and facilitating public engagement with science
  • Knowledge of St. Louis organizations and resources and/or ability to research local organizations online
  • Ability to organize time and materials with attention to detail
  • Prompt, professional and positive demeanor
  • Ability to travel across Science Center facility & grounds
  • Ability to lift at least 15lb
  • Availability on a majority of the following 2017 dates (of those that fall within the negotiated internship period)
    • August 19-20, September 23, October 14, November 4


  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills; the ability to speak with multiple stakeholders including scientists, business owners, co-workers, visitors and children
  • Team player able to follow directions, achieve learning objectives and keep order while providing a fun, hands-on experience for campers


High school diploma or equivalent preferred; some college preferred

Interest or focus in non-profit administration or science preferred


  • Prior background or interest in science
  • Experience interacting positively with a wide range of individuals
  • Experience with largescale events


Responsible for maintaining internal accounts to meet/exceed food and beverage revenue.  Oversee client functions to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Selling and servicing of social (i.e. birthday parties) catering events.
  • Handle account details so that all pertinent aspects of the event are complete and documented. Coordinate various departments’ participation in servicing accounts.
  • Participate in weekly BEO meeting, coordination meetings, training and other sales related meetings as required.
  • Work with other departments within the facility to provide quality service to customers.
  • Attend community/social events and industry meetings.
  • Professionally represent the client and company at all industry/community functions.
  • Participate as a team player with all departments.
  • Assist with reports and/or data collection: weekly SLSC BEOs and Calendar
  • Manage Social Media: Facebook and Pinterest
  • Execute events on the 3rd floor (Conference Room 1, Area 51 and Boardroom)
  • This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Requires good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent inter-personal and sales ability and skill in both oral and written form.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to act independently with minimal or no supervision.
  • Ability to communicate customer needs and resolve complaints independently.
  • Must possess computer skills, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel and Caterease


Hospitality and/or Event Management Major.

Physical requirements

  • Must be able to sit at a desk for up to 8 hours per day. Walking and standing may be required throughout the working day.  This includes traveling to and from events.  Length of time of these tasks may vary from day to day and task to task.
  • Must be able to exert well-paced ability to maneuver between events
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis.


Interested in the social sciences?! The Science Center’s Research & Evaluation Team is looking for a motivated individual to fill the Visitor Studies Internship position. This position would be ideal for those interested in museum studies, anthropology, psychology, sociology, marketing, education, and/or the learning sciences. The Research & Evaluation Department conducts audience research to provide systematically collected information for use in decisions relating to exhibits, programs, and institutional operations. During the Fall semester, the internship will focus on gathering data about visitor usage of wayfinding throughout the Science Center’s facility (maps, directional signage, etc.). Primarily, this position will conduct a literature review of current strategies and best practices in orienting museum visitors. If time allows, the intern will plan and implement a small-scale evaluation, which would include observations and visitor interviews. As schedules permit, the intern may also be involved in various aspects of other visitor studies projects such as development of data collection tools, data entry, project coordination, collecting data for on-going department projects, data analysis, and reporting.


  • Writing a literature review on visitor use of wayfinding (maps, directional signage, etc.) in museums.
    • This includes conducting literature searches via internet, libraries, and possible phone interviews with professionals in the field.
  • Participating in team meetings to coordinate data collection and analysis.
  • Conducting interviews and/or observations of Science Center visitors according to specified protocols, including writing field notes.
  • Entering data into spreadsheet computer packages.
  • Conducting statistical analyses on quantitative data.
  • Coding qualitative data.
  • Writing reports to summarize findings.

Other anticipated duties & responsibilities:

  • Attending scheduled department & institutional meetings;
  • Assisting department staff with project administration;
  • Maintaining positive interactions with Science Center visitors.


  • Ability to conduct interviews/observations and record responses according to set protocol with a high degree of reliability and accuracy;
  • Experience interacting with the public in a pleasant, courteous, and productive manner;
  • Attention to detail so as to accurately and efficiently conduct data entry according to established procedures;
  • Would be especially desirable for the intern to have had some experience with data entry into and general usage of spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel and/or statistical analysis software, such as SPSS.
  • Prefer the intern to have had some college/university-level classes in marketing research, social science research, survey research, statistics, and/or museum studies.


  • Ability to speak English clearly so as to be easily understood by visitors.
  • Strong writing skills to prepare a literature review and write project reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions given both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to accurately and legibly record visitors’ verbal responses to survey questions.


  • 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 (


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


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, or 314-289-1469.

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