Join our Innovative Interns Program!

The Internship program at Orlando Science Center is designed to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain a realistic in-depth view of a career path. Our internship program offers hands on experience in a fun and professional setting, while interns work throughout the building on a wide variety of projects and tasks. Orlando Science Center internships also include an educational component: interns build their own skills while helping our community.

Please note that many of the internships offered within the organization do not pay; however, if a stipend is offered to individuals it will be noted. Our internship program runs concurrently with the school year and we accept applicants three times a year: fall, spring, and summer.

Internships are generally offered in the following areas for qualified applicants: Development, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Programs, Meetings & Events, NatureWorks Animal Care, Public Relations & Social Media, and Special Events. Opportunities vary by semester.

 

We currently have the following internships available for Spring 2018:
Development Internship

The Development Intern will work directly with the Development Specialist to gain valuable experience in donor database utilization, fundraising, and special events while helping build a sense of community and belonging for a well-respected non-profit organization. This is an unpaid internship, but is eligible for college credit or an Orlando Science Center membership (100 hours within 12-month span for individual membership; 150 hours within 12 month span for family/flex membership)

The Development Intern is responsible for working closely with the Development team on various special projects including archiving, data input, data cleansing, and prospect research. The Development Intern will work on special events in varying capacities. Special events duties will include silent auction solicitation and follow-up with community partners to ensure all efforts have been made to maximum revenue for the event.

Responsibilities:
  • Utilize computer skills to manage donor information in Tessitura donor database.
  • Use Microsoft Outlook skills for emails and calendar.
  • Attend any meetings as assigned (i.e.: committee meetings, upcoming events, etc.).
  • Work on various events, including keeping detailed tracking on status of sponsors and auction items. Attendance at events outside of intern hours may be necessary.
  • Analyze auction donations for strengths and weaknesses.
Skills & Requirements
  • Must be a degree-seeking students, preferably in Development, Museum Studies, Nonprofits, and/or Public Administration.
  • Strong writer and proofreader.
  • Manage significant attention to detail and well organized.
  • Good communication skills and comfortable with making phone calls.
  • Minimum time commitment of 9-12 hours per week required.
  • Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year.
Early Childhood Education Internship

Early Childhood Education interns will support Early Childhood Educators with prepping, organizing, and implementing OSC and grant-funded on- and off-site programs for children 5 years of age and under. Interns will help replenish program supplies, research topics and projects, test-out new activities and material for current and upcoming programs. Interns will assist the Early Childhood Specialist with editing and creating curriculum, and creating and testing new developmentally appropriate activities for all programs offered.

Qualifications:
  • Enjoys working and has experience with children between the ages of 18 months – 5 years.
  • Positive, cheerful attitude.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to work well with staff and guests.
  • Readiness to be flexible and adaptable.
Skills & Requirements
  • 2+ years of college courses, preferably Early Childhood, Education, Science or Psychology majors.
  • Successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self-motivated to seek out task and projects.
  • Possesses personal initiative.
  • Willingness to get messy if project or assignment requires.
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs..
  • Minimum time commitment of 2 months – maximum 6 months; Flexible hours with 12-20 hours per week.
Early Childhood Programs Internship

Early Childhood Programs Interns will assist the KidsTown team with creating, organizing and implementing programming in all subject areas for children 7 years of age and under. Interns will help replenish supplies, conduct live programming, and research new content and projects. Interns will provide direction and assistance for volunteers. If needed, interns will also assist with the scheduling of programs and volunteers. Interns should have an interest in art, music/theater, and science.

Qualifications:
  • Enjoys working and has experience with children under the age of 7.
  • Understands developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Understands the importance of whole child development.
  • Exhibits excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work well with staff and guests.
  • Willing to learn.
  • Has a positive attitude .
Skills & Requirements
  • 2+ years of college courses, preferably Early Childhood, Education, Science or Psychology majors.
  • Successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self-motivated to seek out task and projects.
  • Possesses personal initiative.
  • Willingness to get messy if project or assignment requires.
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Minimum time commitment of 2 months – maximum 6 months; flexible hours with 8-20 hours per week.
  • Availability on weekends, school holidays, and all special events.
Meetings & Events Internship

The Orlando Science Center Meetings and Events department produces more than 250 events a year, ranging from weddings to corporate functions. We have more than 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and event space that is available for private events. The goal of the Meetings and Events department is to provide outstanding customer service while building excellent relationships with our clients.

Meetings & Events interns will be responsible for working closely with the Meetings & Events team on various tasks, including: site visits with clients and vendors, on site assistance during events, updating Orlando Science Center’s photo library, preparing event paperwork, purchase orders, invoices, collecting payment, vendor load in and load out, creation of diagrams, and phone calls to clients and vendors.

Qualifications:
  • Strong interpersonal skills, problem solving abilities and organization.
  • Positive, cheerful attitude.
  • Ability to work well with staff and guests.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Readiness to be flexible and adaptable .
Skills & Requirements
  • Candidates pursuing a degree in Hospitality/Event Management preferred.
  • Successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self-motivated to seek out task and projects.
  • Possesses personal initiative.
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Interns generally work 1 office day per week and 1-2 events per week; most events are Friday-Sunday evenings.
  • Availability on weekends, school holidays, and all special events.
NatureWorks Animal Care Internship

Animal Care Interns will work alongside full-time and part-time NatureWorks staff while learning the daily routines and husbandry practices of Orlando Science Center’s various animals. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, and public speaking. Upon completion of internship, interns will be comfortable interacting with guests and understand the complex role conservation team members play as front-line staff.

Duties:
  • Assist in daily routines, which include, but are not limited to: diet preparation, feeding, cleaning exhibits, and light maintenance.
  • Facilitate public programs for guests of all ages, with a focus on conservation topics.
  • Practice safe and engaging animal touch opportunities for guests and groups.
Skills & Requirements
  • Junior or senior currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, or recent graduate.
  • Successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Comfortable working around and handling many species of animals.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups.
  • Responsible and reliable as an individual and team player.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and can work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to perform strenuous work-related activities and able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Comfortable working in or around water and walking on slippery or uneven surfaces.
  • Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year.
  • Flexible hours with 15-20 hours per week.
Marketing & Public Relations Internship

The Marketing & Public Relations intern will work directly with the Public Relations Specialist and gain valuable media relations experience by sharing newsworthy content, learning social media best practices and pitching the media. This is an unpaid position but is eligible for school credit and an Orlando Science Center membership.

The PR internship is very writing-heavy with opportunities to create pitches and press releases, social media content, blogs, and articles that will be published in Orlando Science Center’s member magazine SCOPE. The intern will work on projects, go to meetings and work with all other departments at the Science Center to gain a better understanding of the organization as a whole and what it has to offer the public on a daily basis. The PR intern will work closely with the marketing team to come up with new and exciting ways to promote everything the Science Center has to offer through unique events, social media contests and more.

Responsibilities:
  • Press release, pitch and article writing.
  • Curating and creating posts for social media.
  • Increasing followers & engagement on social.
  • Facebook advertising campaigns.
  • Posting live during events.
  • Blogging and proofreading.
  • WordPress posting and website development.
  • Photography and videography as needed.
  • B-roll creation and light video editing.
  • Light graphic design (no skills required).
  • Maintain media log and press clippings.
  • Analytics and reporting.
  • Assist with special events.
  • Posting events on community calendars.
Skills & Requirements
  • Must be a student seeking a degree in Ad/PR, Marketing, Digital Media, Communications, or a related field.
  • Must have completed Writing For Public Relations or similar writing course by internship start.
  • Strong writer and proofreader.
  • Interested in learning more about social media and how it enhances public relations efforts.
  • Minimum commitment of 9 hours per week required (10-12 hours preferred).
  • Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year.
Special Events Internship

The Special Events intern will assist the Director of Special Events with the creation of Special Events for the Orlando Science Center. Interns will assist with identifying and soliciting prospective content partners, schedule and attend meetings, order lunch, send out meeting reminders and take minutes, process invoices and record expenses, assist with event logistics before and during event, prepare staffing plans, track in-kind donations, inventory, and other record keeping. Interns will interact with staff, vendors, sponsors and guests, as well as assist with other special events as needed.

Qualifications:
  • Excellent customer service with critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft Office programs, including: Word and Power Point.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Understands and supports the mission of the Orlando Science Center, to Inspire Science Learning for Life.
  • Ability to work well with others and to remain professional and courteous with all partners.
  • Willingness to learn and a positive attitude.
  • Have an understanding of emerging technologies, especially as they relate to the STEM field.
  • Education in the business administration, special events, or related work experience is preferable.
Skills & Requirements
  • 2 or more years of college courses, preferably Non-profit Management, Education, or Digital Media.
  • Have already completed a previous internship.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated to seek out tasks and projects.
  • Minimum time commitment of 1 semester with availability to work all Special Events during the internship time period.
  • Tuesday – Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., February through June 2018, with a minimum of 2 days a week.

 

To Apply:

Send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Youth Development Coordinator, at mcollins@osc.org.

For more information regarding our internship opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Resources Department at 407.514.2034 or email volunteer@osc.org.

 

Orlando Science Center is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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