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 a twelve-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.


Chemistry Lab Intern

Chemistry Lab Interns facilitate visitors’ learning experiences through informal interactions, demonstrations, and activities, as visitors to the lab put on goggles and experience a variety of topics in chemistry using actual chemistry tools and chemicals.

Design Lab Intern

Design Lab Interns facilitate interactive activities that inspire people to engage with tinkering, technology, and problem solving through innovation, creation and design thinking.

Development Prospect Research Intern

The Development Prospect Research Intern assists in identification, research, and qualification of individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects.

Early Childhood Education Intern

Early Childhood Education Interns assist with the development and maintenance of Science Playground, helping children ages 0-6 and their families as they learn and explore in hands-on, science-based settings. 

Earth Science Intern

Earth Science Interns help visitors learn about how earth systems and humans affect each other, facilitating informal interactions and demonstrations in the Earth Science and Paleo Labs, and delivering presentations with the Science on a Sphere exhibit.

Feeling creative? Propose an internship.

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.

Exhibit Research and Development Intern - Lenses on the Sky Display Cases

The Exhibit Research and Development Intern for Lenses on the Sky display cases assists OMSI in the research and development of an artifact-based display exhibit for the NASA-funded Lenses on the Sky project. The project focuses on educating families on how humans have used observational tools and techniques across cultures and time to understand space phenomena.

Featured Exhibits Intern

Featured Exhibits Interns facilitate visitors’ learning experiences through informal interactions, demonstrations, and activities in the Featured Exhibits Hall, which displays national touring exhibits on loan to OMSI for short engagements.

Food Science Intern

Food Science interns help visitors to explore topics related to the science of food through informal interactions, demonstrations, and activities.

Life Science Intern

Life Science Interns help visitors to explore topics in biology through informal interactions, demonstrations, and lab activities, and assist with maintenance of the lab, including providing care for variety of live animals such as rats, snakes, lizards and insects.

Physics Lab Intern

Physics Lab Interns help visitors to explore physical science through hands-on interactive exhibits and demonstrations in the Physics Lab, Laser/Holography Lab, and the Turbine Hall.

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. 

Volunteer Services Intern - Fall 2016

The Volunteer Services Intern assists with the full range of volunteer coordination duties at OMSI.

Website Intern

The Website Intern helps to maintain and update content, as well as assisting with testing and building new site features.

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

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Tip! Your cover letter serves as a 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 internships? They have specific deadlines, so mark your calendar. 





Application Deadline

September 20

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Notification Date

October 1

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April 28

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?