Not your grandma’s internship.

Forget making coffee and running errands. Our internships are built with you and your professional goals in mind.

Tell me more.

Our program is competitive, but we’re eager to hear from you. Internships are unpaid and are typically an eight-week commitment.

Hoping to get credit? Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's policy and procedures for awarding credit for internships.


Development Intern

The Development Intern will assist in the day-to-day activities of the Development team, including donor cultivation activities and preparation for OMSI’s annual fundraising Gala. 

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Early Childhood Education Intern

The Early Childhood Education Intern will assist education staff in the development and maintenance of Science Playground, assist parents and children in experiencing activities and exhibits, and help to ensure the safety of our youngest visitors and their families. 

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Science Education Intern

Science Education Interns volunteer in OMSI’s interactive exhibit halls and labs: Early Childhood Education, Earth Science, Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Food Science, and Featured Exhibits. This position has two roles: (1) facilitate the visitors’ learning experiences with informal interactions, demonstrations, and lab activities, and (2) assist with maintenance of the labs.

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Submarine Tour Guide Intern

The Submarine Tour Guide Intern provides interpretive tours aboard the USS Blueback submarine exhibit and performs necessary work related to the upkeep of the exhibit. 

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Teen Science Alliance Intern – Fall 2015

The Teen Science Alliance Intern provides project, administrative and leadership support to the Teen Science Alliance Coordinator and the youth participants in the program.  

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Feeling creative? Make your own position.

How? Send a letter of interest describing your goals—including your desired time commitment and a proposed schedule—along with your resume and internship application. We will contact you from there.

Have what it takes? Apply now.

Download our application, and send it with a current resume and cover letter to us.

OMSI Volunteer Services
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

F: 503.797.4568

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Tip! Your cover letter serves as writing sample to demonstrate your communication skills. Consider including the following:

  • What interests you about the internship?
  • What skills, knowledge, and experiences are you bringing?
  • What do you hope to learn or gain from your internship? This might include earning academic credit, gaining professional experience, or exploring career options

Timing is everything.

Positions may open at any time, and we accept applications until they are filled. Interested in Science Education and Early Childhood Education? They have specific deadlines, so mark your calendar. 





Application Deadline

September 20

January 1

April 15

Notification Date

October 1

January 15

May 1

Now Hiring Work Study!

We hire college students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study funding as part of their financial aid package for paid positions in Science Education. Interested?