Internships

Interns work throughout the Museum on a wide variety of projects and tasks including everything from science education to behind-the-scenes work. An internship at the Museum of Science is an excellent way to gain a hands-on, work-learn experience in a specific area of interest or field of study. Our internship program offers internships for one of three trimesters: fall, winter/spring, and summer.

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The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

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The Museum of Science participates in E-Verify. The Museum of Science utilizes E-Verify to confirm that employees are authorized to work in the United States. For more information, please see the following:

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How to Apply

Please visit our internship application site to view our open opportunities and to complete the application process.

The Museum will provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation to fully participate in the application process. If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources department via email internshipcoordinator@mos.org.

Internship FAQ

  • Who can apply for an internship?

    The Museum of Science accepts applications from college-level freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as graduate students. We also accept applications from recent graduates and people making a career change.

    High school students are eligible to apply for the listed internships, but only after completing 50 hours of volunteer work at the Museum. If you have not completed the volunteer requirement, consider our summer youth volunteer program. Visit the volunteer page for further information. If you have completed 50 hours, then discuss additional internship opportunities for high school students with your volunteer supervisor or the internship program coordinator.

  • Are Museum of Science internships paid or unpaid?

    We offer paid and unpaid positions, depending on the internship, as specified in each position description. Any internship can be done for course credit, as long as your educational institution allows it.

  • May I apply for multiple internships?

    Please be sure to read over each position description carefully, as each has specific responsibilities and qualifications.

    You may apply for multiple internships if you feel you meet the qualifications of each position. However, please be sure to make your cover letter and resumé tailored to the requirements of each position.

  • When does recruiting start for summer, fall, or winter/spring internships?

    Summer internships (May/June — August) are advertised starting in mid-February. Fall internships (September — December) are advertised starting in mid-July. Winter/Spring internships (January/February — May/June) are advertised starting in mid-November. Please check the listings below for positions currently accepting applications.

    Most internships run three to four months over the course of one semester.

  • When are the application deadlines?

    All applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Internships will be filled on a rolling basis and will be removed from the listings below once we are no longer accepting applications. If there is a position on the site that interests you, please submit your materials in a timely manner, as many positions fill quickly.

  • Can I do an internship for course credit?

    Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. Students are responsible for paperwork, arrangements, and credit fees.

  • Can I use my work study funds or my school's internship stipend?

    Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. We can work with students who wish to use their work study funds or internship stipends from their school. Students are responsible for all paperwork.

  • Do you offer housing for interns or relocation assistance?

    No, interns are responsible for their own housing and relocation costs.

  • Do you accept international students?

    We cannot offer a visa to work in the internship program. You must be eligible to work in the United States in order to be considered for a paid position.

  • What are the benefits of being an intern at the Museum of Science?

    Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage and proximity to the MBTA's Green Line. Interns receive free admission to the Exhibit Halls, IMAX® films, Planetarium shows, 3-D shows, Butterfly Garden, and Duck Tours, as well as discounts in the Museum store and café. We also have a great reciprocity agreement with local museums and institutions, so you can visit them for free or reduced rates while you are an intern at the Museum!

  • Is there a career pathway at the Museum of Science?

    Yes! The career pathway varies depending on whether you are a youth in high school or a post-high-school applicant.

    High school youth age 14 – 18 are required to volunteer at the Museum for at least 50 hours before becoming eligible to apply for a paid internship. Once they have completed this requirement, most high school students apply for the Summer Youth Internship Program which is only open to high school volunteers. However, some high school volunteers apply for academic year internships.

    We require the 50 hours of volunteer service in order to familiarize students with the institution, help them develop valuable professional skill sets, and give them an appreciation for the culture and community of the Museum. For more information on this career pathway, please contact the internship program coordinator.

    Applicants who are in college, graduate school, or are adult career changers can apply for any available internship.

    At the conclusion of an internship, interns are welcome to apply for any available jobs.

  • I have a question that is not listed on this page. Whom should I contact?

    Please contact the Internship Program Coordinator at interncoordinator@mos.org.