Not Your Typical Internship

At OMSI, you won't spend your internship hours making coffee, photocopying, or filing all day long. We offer an exceptional and unique experience at a world-class science center.  Many of our internships are project-based and provide you with opportunities to form a well-rounded, professional experience.

What do we look for in a candidate?

OMSI’s internship program is very competitive. The most successful interns are interested in working for and with children, have good interpersonal skills and can clearly articulate their goals. Enthusiasm is important.

What's the commitment?

OMSI internships typically require a minimum of a three month commitment.

Can I get credit for my internship?

Many of our interns do receive college credit for their internships. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's policy and procedures for awarding credit for internships.

Are OMSI internships paid?

OMSI internship positions are unpaid, volunteer opportunities, but offer you a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience at one of the leading science museums in the country.  If you are in college, we encourage you to check with your school to determine if funds are available to support students in unpaid internships.

OMSI Internship Opportunities

We offer internships to qualified college students, recent graduates, and individuals making a career change or returning to the workforce. OMSI internships are unpaid, but the experience is well worth your time. You are placed with enthusiastic mentors, who help you develop future job skills and discover the inner workings of a major museum.

Apply for a posted internship or propose an internship

You can apply for an internship that we have posted, or you may be able to "propose” an internship. Send a letter of interest describing your goals for an internship, your desired time commitment and a proposed schedule, along with your resume and internship application. If your skills and experience would benefit OMSI, and we have the staff to guide you, we will contact you.

Current internship opportunities:

Development Intern
Development Prospect Research Intern
Early Childhood Education Intern
Science Education Intern
Submarine Tour Guide Intern
Teen Science Alliance Intern - Fall 2015

Our Application Process

Application Process:

To apply for an OMSI internship, download the internship application below, fill it out and send it, along with a current resume and a cover letter, to:

OMSI Volunteer Services
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

FAX: 503.797.4568

Your cover letter will serve as your writing sample, allowing you to demonstrate your communication skills. We will also use this document to determine whether your skill set and your goals match one of our internships.

In your cover letter, consider the following:

What interests you about the internship for which you are applying?
What skills, knowledge (including coursework), and experiences can you bring to OMSI?
What do you hope to learn or gain from your internship at OMSI?  This might include earning academic credit, gaining professional experience, or exploring career options.

Application Deadlines:

Some OMSI internships may open at any time of year, and can accept applications until the position is filled.

OMSI Science Education and Early Childhood Education internships have specific application deadlines for each season. These dates are:

Season Application Deadline Notification Date
Fall September 20 October 1
Winter/Spring January 1 January 15
Summer April 15 May 1

While applications only need to be submitted by the deadline in order to be fully considered, early applications are encouraged.

Support OMSI

Science education opens minds and creates opportunities for all ages. Make a difference in our community today! Donate, volunteer your time, or both.


Positions Available for Qualified Students! OMSI hires college students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study funding as part of their financial aid package for paid positions in Science Education. If you have a Work-Study award and would like to discuss opportunities, please email us.