Orlando Science Center’s internship program is designed to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain realistic, in-depth exposure to the many careers at the Science Center.
Interns can expect to expand their professional skills, while gaining valuable experience and becoming part of the Science Center’s bigger mission. Internships at Orlando Science Center are unpaid, but interns are eligible for benefits such as school credit and free annual memberships.
Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters and available internships vary by semester. View the list below for current opportunities and check back frequently for other positions.
We are now accepting fall semester 2019 internship applications until Friday, August 9, 2019.
How to Apply for Fall 2019 Internships:
Cover letters, resumes, and/or writing samples must be submitted to Chris Wiewiora, Manager of Volunteer Resources at email@example.com
KidsTown Programs Interns will assist the KidsTown team with developing, testing, and implementing programs in all subject areas for children ages 0-7 and their families. Intern responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: supporting the full time KidsTown team by completing research and prep tasks, assisting with live programming, helping to prepare for and run early childhood events, engaging guests on the exhibit floor, cleaning and tidying the exhibit hall, and developing new educational content for guests to enjoy. Candidates should have an interest in science, art, and music/theatre.
Engaging with young children and their adult caregivers.
Maintaining developmentally appropriate educational practices.
Communicating clearly and efficiently in writing and speaking.
Expressing a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Willingness to get messy if the project or assignment requires.
- Education: Currently enrolled junior or senior in a degree-seeking program. Completion of 2+ years of college courses, preferably in Child Development; Early Childhood Education; Music; Theatre; or Environmental, Science, or Museum Studies.
- Comfortable with prolonged sitting and/or standing as well as completing physical and high-energy tasks.
Expected Hours of Work:
- Preferred that interns commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year. Hours are flexible with 10-20 hours expected per week. Desired open availability on weekends, school holidays, and special events.
Marketing & Public Relations
The Marketing and Public Relations Intern will work directly with the Marketing and Public Relations Manager and Specialist to 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 writing-focused 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 contributions to the community. The PR intern will work closely with the marketing team to come up with exciting ways to promote everything the Science Center offers through unique events, social media contests, and more.
- Writing press releases, pitches, and articles
- Creating and curating content for social media
- Increasing followers and engagement on social media
- Assisting on Facebook advertising campaigns
- Posting live posts during events
- Blog writing and proofreading
- Website development through WordPress
- Producing and editing photography and videography
- Maintaining media log and press clippings
- Running analytics and web view reporting
- Assisting with special events
- Posting events on community calendars
Education: Must be a currently enrolled student seeking a degree in Ad/PR, Communications, Digital Media, English—Creative Writing, or Marketing.
Experience: Must have completed Writing for Public Relations or similar writing course by internship start. Must be a demonstratively strong writer and proofreader. Must be interested in learning more about social media and how it enhances public relations efforts.
**Must submit class writing samples such as public relations write-up, article, or essay.**
Expected Hours of Work:
Minimum commitment of nine (9) hours per week required (10-12 hours preferred). Typically two shifts per week. Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year semester
Meetings & Events
The Orlando Science Center Meetings and Events department produces over 250 events a year ranging from weddings to corporate functions. We have over 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.
Written, oral, visual, and electronic (W.O.V.E.) communicating with clients and vendors.
Conducting site visits with clients and vendors
Preparing event contracts, purchase orders, and invoices.
Assisting on-site during events, including vendor load-in and load-out.
Collecting vendor payments.
Reviewing and updating Orlando Science Center’s photo library.
- Education: Candidates currently enrolled and pursuing a degree in Hospitality/Event Management preferred.
- Ability to multitask and work independently
- Strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities, and organization.
- A 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
- Working knowledge of basic computer programs (e.g. Microsoft Office and Google).
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
- Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
Expected Hours of Work:
Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year. A schedule will be made upon start date of the internship. The intern will work 1 office day a week and 1-2 events per week, most events are Friday–Sunday evenings.
The intern will start the week of August 26 and end on December 8. Must be available for a team meeting from 10:00 a.m. to-2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23.
NatureWorks Animal Care
Animal Care Interns will work alongside full-time and part-time NatureWorks staff while learning the daily routines and husbandry practice of Orlando Science Center’s various animals. Upon completion of internship, interns will be comfortable interacting with guests and understand the complex role conservation team members play as front line staff.
- Assist in daily routines, which include, but are not limited to: diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, training and enrichment for animals, as well as maintaining exhibits.
- 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.
- Education: Junior or senior currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, or recent graduate.
- Experience: Working with animals and public speaking.
- Comfortable working around and handling many species of animals
- Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
- Responsible and reliable as an individual worker and team player
- Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and can work in a fast-paced environment
- Comfortable working in or around water and walking on slippery or uneven surfaces
Able to perform strenuous work-related activities and able to lift 50 lbs.
Expected Hours of Work:
Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year. Flexible hours with 15-20 hours per week.
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.
Daily use of excellent customer service with critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
Strong knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Office programs, including: Word and Power Point.
Practice safe and engaging animal touch opportunities for guests and groups.
Successfully be able to pass a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of Special Events.
- Education: Currently enrolled student with two (2) or more years of college courses, preferably Non-profit Management, Event Management, or Communications.
- Experience: Must have completed at least one internship prior to interning with the Special Events Department at Orlando Science Center.
Willingness to learn and a positive attitude
Have an understanding of emerging technologies, especially as they relate to the STEM field
Responsible and reliable as an individual and team player
Understands and supports the mission of the Orlando Science Center, to inspire science learning for life.
Expected Hours of Work:
- Minimum time commitment of one (1) semester with availability to work all Special Events during the internship time period. Tuesday to Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Minimum of two (2) days required per week, with each shift a minimum of four (4) hours.
- Spring Duration: January through June
- Fall Duration: August through December
- Able to perform strenuous work-related activities and able to lift 50 lbs.
Orlando Science Center’s Public Programs department creates and presents content including demonstrations, shows, & activities for guests as well as creating special themed content each month. Public Programs is offering an internship to develop skills in science communication, facilitation, resourcefulness, & creativity.
Assist in daily routines, which include, but are not limited to: daily programming, front and back of house assistance, and content creation.
Standardize & prototype STEM challenges & theme of month demonstrations, present science polls, & collect program surveys.
Project for the cohort will be one themed cart demonstration that displays science content in a fun, engaging guest experience.
Comfortable speaking in front of large groups and able to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
Desire to learn and readiness to be flexible and adaptable.
- Education: Currently enrolled student in their second year of college or above, preferred degree-seeking in education, science, or theatre. Flexible to enthusiastic other degree seekers.
- Presentation skills
- Experience working with children
- Able to perform strenuous work-related activities and able to lift 25 lbs.
Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year. Flexible hours with 15 – 20 hours per week.
The Development Intern will work directly with Orlando Science Center’s 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.
The Development Intern is responsible for working closely with the Development team on various special projects including archiving, data entry & cleansing, participating in corporate donor relations, assisting with silent auction solicitation and organization, and stewardship of auction donors. The Development Intern will work on special events, including Otronicon, Science of Wine, and Inspiring Innovation Gala.
- Creating and curating donor records in Tessitura database.
- Serving as additional development team representative at assigned meetings with committees, donors, and special events staff.
- Planning, tracking, and analyzing status of sponsors and auction items for special events.
- Assisting during special events and functions with donor relations.
- Aiding in grant searching, writing, editing, reviewing, and/or reporting process.
Education: Must be a currently enrolled student seeking a degree in Business Administration, Development, Museum Studies, Non-profit, and/or Public Administration.
**Must submit a writing sample such as a class assigned article or essay.**
Expected Hours of Work:
- Minimum commitment of nine (9) hours per week required (10-12 hours preferred). Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year semesters.
The Orlando Science Center is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. It is the policy of the Orlando Science Center to provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants and to administer all aspects and conditions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected-class status.