Apply to Our Internship Program!

Are you someone who loves to engage with people and facilitate learning? Do you like designing, creating, working with a wide variety of mediums? Then apply to be one of our interns and come join our team of creative, passionate and (sometimes) quirky Museum employees!

The Museum is offering a variety of internship experiences for the upcoming summer. As an intern, you will learn the methods and theory behind inquiry-based learning and teaching in an informal science setting. You will be trained in key skills for careers in teaching, museums, or the nonprofit world. Come learn informal education techniques, program development, and how a museum operates. In addition, interns help participate in daily Museum activities.

  • Internships are an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and facilitate the Museum's mission: to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science.
  • Internships are pre-arranged, structured learning experiences generally targeted towards a specific project.
  • Internship time commitments are generally 20–30 hours per week for a period of 8–12 weeks. If you will be receiving school credit for your internship, your specific program will determine required hours and schedule.
  • Internship opportunities are available during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Positions are open to college and graduate students and career changers.

Should you have any questions please reach out to Laura Brady, Volunteer Coordinator, lbrady@smv.org.


Summer 2022 Internship Opportunities

The Science Museum of Virginia is excited to offer paid internships for Summer 2022!

To raise awareness of professional opportunities among students of all backgrounds, summer internships are being offered in science education to students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

Successful candidates will spend the majority of their time focused on a mentored project and will also have the opportunity to learn about a wide cross-section of science-adjacent career opportunities and the Museum's broader operations. All interns will participate in professional development activities including meetings with Museum senior leaders, direct work experience, lunch-and-learn presentations on science and the Museum field, and networking opportunities.


Application Process

  1. Interested candidates will apply to a specific internship through the Commonwealth of Virginia job website - https://jobs.virginia.gov/.
  2. All submissions should include a letter of intent describing their interest in the specific internship, a résumé, and two letters of reference by March 15, 2022.

Candidates with questions can contact Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Brady, at lbrady@smv.org or at 804-864-1514.


Summer 2022 Positions Available

Communications and Curiosity Summer Marketing Internship

  • Quirky. Creative. Bold. Innovative. Strategic. Curious. If those qualities describe you, then you’d be a good fit for the Science Museum of Virginia’s Communications and Curiosity team.
  • The Science Museum of Virginia is seeking a highly motivated individual to help the Science Museum employ a diverse set of communications and marketing tactics – print, TV, radio, digital, social media, grassroots, etc. – to increase awareness of Science Museum initiatives, content visibility, and attendance at the Science Museum. The team also assists with communications for the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, the Danville Science Center and the Northern Virginia Science Center.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/266067


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Summer Internship

  • Are you up for a meaningful challenge? Are you looking for an opportunity to jumpstart your career in Social Impact and Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI)? Are you ready to use your passion for employee engagement to come up with creative, impactful solutions that help drive DEAI initiatives in the workplace? Then apply to be one of our DEAI summer interns!
  • The DEAI Intern will assist the Museum DEAI Lead and Museum DEAI team in the research, development, implementation, and execution of projects related to the organization's DEAI initiatives; participate in bi-weekly DEAI team meetings and assist the team with diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion program planning and execution; research and compile DEAI articles, resources, tools and podcasts with the goal of providing recommendations on distributing this content to our workforce.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/265966


Science Museum Maker Space Summer Internship

  • Science, technology, engineering and math are at the heart of making things. The Science Museum’s permanent makerspace, The Forge, works to develop the maker mindset within Science Museum guests. Maker-centered learning teaches life skills — critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
  • Forge Interns will take a deep dive into understanding the maker mindset, gain experience and skills key to careers in museums, non-profits, intergenerational methods of teaching and informal maker techniques for all ages groups.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/266061


Life Science Summer Internship

  • Do you love science? Are you someone who loves to engage with people and facilitate learning? Then apply to be one of our Life Science Summer interns!
  • Life science interns will gain experience and skills key to careers in research, teaching, museums or the nonprofit world, including program development, informal education techniques for all age groups and how to develop science communication content for multiple platforms. They will serve as science facilitators, sparking excitement, curiosity, questioning and appreciation for scientific research related to current exhibition content. Duties include developing reliable and engaging social media content through research and teamwork, facilitating interactions with the Museum’s exhibits, answering guest questions, staffing the exhibition hall and developing and delivering workshops for guests.
  • Working with their mentor, Life Science interns will develop and complete a project to support the Museum’s growing life science initiatives.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/266087


Planet Shark Summer Internship

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey (May 28, 2022–September 4, 2022)

  • Guests will leave the outside world behind as they dive into the incredible underwater world of sharks in Planet Shark: Predator or Prey. Trace millions of years of evolution, come face to face with the Great White Shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade and gain a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.
  • Planet Shark interns will gain experience and skills key to careers in teaching, museums or the nonprofit world, including program development, informal education techniques for all age groups and how a museum education department operates. Working with their mentor, Planet Shark interns will develop and complete a project to support the Science Museum’s interpretation of the touring exhibition.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/266029


Science Museum Summer Exhibition Internship

Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity (April 30, 2022–January 15, 2023)

  • Skin has several impressive features: its shape shifting, color changing, and highly adaptive. But it’s also thought provoking, interaction changing and extremely personal.
  • In this bilingual (Spanish and English), interactive exhibition, guests will explore the physical and philosophical properties of skin. The exhibition features dozens of scientific specimens showcasing adaptive properties of skin in animals, including its ability to support and regenerate keratin-based structures like armored scales, aerodynamic feathers and insulating fur. The exhibition then dives deeper to explore how evolution has shaped diversity in human skin, and how much we have yet to uncover about the underlying genetics of skin color.
  • Skin exhibition interns will gain experience and skills key to careers in teaching, museums, or the nonprofit world, including program development, informal education techniques and how a museum education department operates. They will serve as science facilitators, sparking excitement, curiosity and appreciation for scientific research related to the exhibition.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/266038


STEM Statistics and Research Summer Internship

  • Thoughtful. Methodological. Strategic. Curious. Driven. If those qualities describe you, then you’d be a good fit for the State STEM team at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • The Science Museum of Virginia hosts the Virginia State STEM Efforts. Virginia STEM is seeking a highly motivated individual to help the Virginia STEM Coordinator and the STEM Education Advisory Board research and analyze STEM in Virginia and beyond. This newly appointed Board would like to align the State’s STEM efforts, and to do this, we need to understand better what already exists, share the best practices and identify pitfalls we should avoid. The person in this role would work with the Virginia STEM Coordinator to help collect information and produce reports that would reach across the Commonwealth, including politicians, community centers, funders, educators, and parents.

For more information and to apply -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/266096


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