Summer Discovery Center Youth Mentor Internship


The Youth Mentor Intern will be integral to ensuring the delivery of high-quality, hands-on science programming to the Museum’s youngest visitors and their accompanying grown-ups. The Youth Mentor Intern will assist in the daily operations of the Discovery Center, by interpreting and maintaining exhibit components and creating new educational materials. The Youth Mentor Intern will work with the Program Manager and Coordinator to provide training and support to the Discovery Center’s summer youth and pre-college interns, as well as new summer youth volunteers, throughout the summer.

Department Summary

The Museum’s early childhood program is based in the Discovery Center - an exciting, 4,200 square-foot learning center designed for our youngest visitors (children ages birth to 8 years) and their grown-ups. Discovery Center exhibits allow children to explore a variety of real objects and age-appropriate tools, all set in immersive fantasy environments that encourage learning through play. Children and their caregivers are engaged in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering on their own, as they explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the “process of science” more generally.

The Discovery Center’s “Living Laboratory” program brings cognitive scientists from local university and hospital labs onto the exhibit floor to converse with adult caregivers about the scientific study of how children learn, and invite families to participate in active research studies. Volunteer and staff interpreters play a crucial role in facilitating visitors’ experiences, helping children develop their emerging science and engineering skills, and helping adult caregivers’ better understand the science of child development.


• Interact directly with Museum visitors, providing them with the means to use and understand real objects and science tools.
• Ensure that the Discovery Center is presentable and consistently ready for visitor use.
• Maintain the Discovery Center summer youth schedule, including ensuring coverage for vacation times, and scheduling make-up shifts, for all youth volunteers and youth interns.
• Act as a primary resource for Summer Youth Interns and pre-college interns working in the Discovery Center, providing training, feedback and professional development opportunities as needed.
• Assist in delivering professional development opportunities for both youth volunteers and veteran volunteer interpreters.
• Serve as a mentor for youth working on interpretation development projects.

Minimum Qualifications

• Previous experience with museum interpretation required.
• Strong interest and/or background in science or engineering, and education.
• Current or entering undergraduate student.
• Demonstrated maturity and strong interpersonal skills.
• Highly motivated, dependable, and flexible.
• Demonstrated ability to work with people of all ages (especially teens); experience working with young children preferred.

In addition to the weekly schedule described below, participation in two evening youth orientation sessions is required: June 17 and 18 (4:30pm – 9:00 pm each day).

Additional Details

Hours / Days Per Week

21 paid hours/week. Two schedules available: Sunday (9-4), Monday (9-4), Tuesday (9-4), Wednesday (10-1) OR Wednesday (10-1), Thursday (9-4), Friday (9-4), Saturday (9-4)


$8.00-8.25 /hour


June 11, 2014 – August 29, 2014 (minimum flexibility on start and end dates)

How To Apply

In order to be considered for an internship, please email the internship program coordinator with the following:

  • The exact internship position title in the subject line
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in and relevant experience related to a specific internship position
  • A resumé that includes contact information of three references

You may apply for multiple positions; please send a separate email with a tailored cover letter for each position. Emails are preferred and can be processed more quickly. However, we are also able to accept cover letters and resumés by mail or fax if necessary:

Mail to:

Internship Program Coordinator Museum of Science Science Park Boston, MA 02114

617-589-0362 (FAX)

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.