Internship Program

Are you someone who is always curious, loves to engage with people and enjoys facilitating learning? Do you like innovating, collaborating and working with a wide variety of mediums? Then apply to be a Science Museum of Virginia intern so you can join our team of creative, passionate and (sometimes) quirky employees!

The Science Museum of Virginia offers several summer internship experiences. All internships are paid. 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, communications or the nonprofit world. Come learn informal education techniques, program development and business operations while participating in a variety of engaging and hands-on Science Museum activities.


  • Interns will work on a mentored project as well as learn about a wide cross-section of science-adjacent career opportunities and the Science Museum's broader operations.
  • All interns will participate in professional development activities including meetings with senior leaders, direct work experience, breakfast club presentations and networking opportunities.


  • Summer internships are open to students enrolled at an accredited college or university.
  • Interns are expected to complete 300 hours between mid-May and mid-August. If you will be receiving school credit for your internship, your specific program will determine the required hours and schedule.

Application Process

  • All intern applications must be completed online through the Virginia jobs website
  • All submissions must include a letter of intent describing your interest in the specific internship, a résumé, two reference letters and any additional materials indicated in the position posting. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Intern applications are due by March 1, 2024.

Summer 2024 Internship Opportunities

Communications and Marketing Intern

The Science Museum of Virginia is seeking a highly motivated, strategic individual to help employ a diverse set of communications and marketing tactics that increase awareness of initiatives, content and programming. The candidate would assist with efforts to expand visibility and drive attendance for the five organizations under the Science Museum umbrella.

Read more about the position and apply on this Virginia jobs page.

Math Communications Intern

Do you love math? Can we count on you to facilitate learning? Do your skills equal the perfect combination to work collaboratively with passionate people? Join the Science Museum’s Education team to help highlight math in our exhibits, programming and digital content. If you wish more people understood and liked math–the often-forgotten “M” in STEM–then we need you!

Read more about the position and apply on this Virginia jobs page.

Science Within Reach Intern

For some segments of the population, barriers like disability, income or language can make museum experiences difficult to navigate. Through the Science within Reach Initiative, the Science Museum works with diverse communities to identify needs and find solutions that increase access and enhance learning opportunities. The Science Museum seeks a bilingual (English and Spanish) intern who will assist in developing and expanding outreach through a variety of modes, media and platforms to new and existing Science Within Reach audiences.

Read more about the position and apply on this Virginia jobs page.

Exhibition Intern

Do you live and breathe all things anatomical? Are you fascinated by human biology and physiology? Are you someone who likes to engage with people and facilitate learning? Then apply to become a BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness intern! Through real human specimens called plastinates, the touring exhibition explores how anatomy is involved in happiness and how positive or negative emotions can affect health. BODY WORLDS 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.

Read more about the position and apply on this Virginia jobs page.

Technical Solutions Intern

Looking to make an impactful change? Well, then this opportunity may be for you. The Technical Solutions department is committed to revolutionizing our practices through digital transformation. We believe in leveraging technology to enhance our staff members experience and drive organizational success. As a Technical Solutions Intern, you will play a crucial role in supporting the Technical Solutions team with various tasks and/or projects such as our digital Human Resources transformation initiatives, collaboration with infrastructure operations to create a digitized maintenance project workflow and help identify a software project management solution, providing agency hardware, software and AV support and working with the experience development team and exhibit maintenance team to learn how museum exhibits/robotics are maintained and the various ways technology is incorporated into design.

Read more about the position and apply on this Virginia jobs page.

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