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.

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.

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:

  • 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.
  • Available Tuesday – Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., January through June, with a minimum of 2 days a week and 4 hours a day

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, at mcollins@osc.org

Development

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 donors, 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.

 

Qualifications:

  • Utilize computer skills to manage donor information in Tessitura donor database
  • Use Microsoft Outlook skills (including but not limited to: Outlook, Word, and Excel)
  • 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, Non-profit, 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

 

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

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@osc.org

HR Recruitment

The HR Recruitment Intern will work directly with Orlando Science Center’s Human Resources and Education Department to gain valuable experience in the screening, hiring, and applicant tracking process. The HR Recruitment Intern will work directly with Education; Camps and Classes Management, to assist with the Summer Camp Counselor hiring process, as well as with the HR Specialist for training and mentorship.

 

The HR Recruitment Intern will be responsible for working closely with the Camps and Classes Team on completing multiple levels of OSC’s hiring process, including but not limited to; responding to and collecting applications, conducting pre-screening phone interviews, setting interview appointments, contacting candidate references, and maintaining appropriate paperwork for applicants.
This internship will also be responsible for creating and maintaining a tracking process for hiring, along with conducting additional research in to hiring processes of other American Camps Association (ACA) accredited programs. Other service-learning projects may be offered within Human Resources related to interviewing and orientation procedures.

 

This is an unpaid internship, but is eligible for college credit.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Utilize computer skills to create tracking process for hiring data
  • Prescreen applicants, including conducting phone interviews and review of position requirements
  • Scheduling interviews with qualified candidates
  • Maintain correct paperwork for each candidate during the hiring process
  • Contacting qualified candidate references
  • Conduct research on hiring process from similar programming across the nation

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • Must be a degree-seeking student who has completed at least two semesters worth of post-secondary education. Preference will go to those within a Human Resources career tract
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Strong communication skills and phone etiquette/professionalism
  • Extreme comfort with administering phone and email communication
  • Manage significant attention to detail and well organized
  • Previous administration experience
  • Minimum time commitment of 15-20 hours per week, with availability to work in the afternoons
  • Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year

 

To Apply: send your resume with a cover letter and a professional writing samples to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@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.