Internships

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.

To apply, send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@osc.org

We are accepting applications for the following internships for spring 2019.

Current Openings

KidsTown Programs

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.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with and developing activities for children under the age of 7.
  • Comfort with working both with young children and their adult caregivers.
  • Understanding of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with staff and guests.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • Has completed 2+ years of college courses – preferably in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Science.
  • Ability to successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to get messy if project or assignment requires.
  • Ability to report promptly for all scheduled shifts.
  • Availability on weekends, school holidays, and all special events.
  • Preferred that interns commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year. Hours are flexible with 10-20 hours per week.

Marketing & Public Relations

The PR and Social Media Intern will work directly with the Marketing & 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 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.
  • Blog writing and proofreading
  • Website development through WordPress
  • 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.

 

To Apply:
Send your resume with a cover letter and 2-3 writing samples to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@www.osc.org.

Meetings & Events

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.

NatureWorks Animal Care

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.

Special Events

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:

  • Daily use of excellent customer service with critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft Office programs, including: Word and Power Point
  • ractice 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 Manager and Full Time Staff of NatureWorks

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 – Thursday between the hours of 10am-4pm. 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

 

Physical demands:

  • Able to perform strenuous work-related activities and able to lift 50 lbs.

Public Programs

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.

Over the course of the internship, participants will learn & present specific content, assist in creating content, & assist with daily tasks both front & back of house. They will standardize & prototype STEM challenges & theme of month demonstrations, present science polls, & collect program surveys. Their project for the cohort will be one themed cart demonstration that displays science content in a fun, engaging guest experience.

Qualifications:

  • Second year college students or above
  • Seeking a degree in science or education
  •  Presentation skills preferred
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Desire to learn
  • Readiness to be flexible & adaptable

Skills & Requirements:

  • Successfully pass criminal background check & fingerprinting
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled
  •  Able to lift 25 lbs
  • Individuals should be organized & able to work with minimal supervision & guidance

To Apply: Send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development. 

Volunteer Resources

The Volunteer Resources Intern will be in charge of assisting the Volunteer Resources Department with creation and implementation of programs and activities for Orlando Science Center volunteers. The Volunteer Resources Intern’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to; filing, database entry/management, identifying and recruiting prospective volunteers, scheduling, volunteer management, volunteer experience facilitation, and community outreach. This internship will complete a project-based learning assignment focusing on capacity building, program development, or volunteer engagement. Intern will report to the Coordinator of Volunteer Development and/or Coordinator of Volunteer Resources.

 

Qualifications:

  • Enjoys working with and/or has experience leading youth in the community
  • Positive, friendly attitude
  • Willingness to learn new computer programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work well with staff, guests, and volunteers
  • Readiness to be flexible and adaptable

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • 2 or more semesters of college courses, preference given to Non-profit Management and Human Resources majors
  • Attend internship orientation
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated to seek out task and projects
  • Report on time to work on days scheduled
  • Weekend availability preferred

 

To Apply: Send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@www.osc.org

Contact Us

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s internship program, contact the Volunteer Resources Department at 407.514.2070 or fill out the form below.


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.