Museum of Science Internships
  • 26-Feb-2019 to 26-Mar-2019 (EST)
  • Boston, MA, USA

Research and Science Communication Assistant

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Research and Science Communication Assistant will work closely with small teams of their peers under mentorship from Boston University (BU) researchers and Museum staff to engage early childhood audiences in authentic research experiences. They will complete training in both child development research methods and science communication practices in order to support the on-going integration of child development content within the Discovery Center. The Research and Science Communication Assistant will learn to design a child development research study to be conducted with museum visitors, will collect data with families, and will analyze and present findings with public and professional audiences. They will also engage museum visitors in learning about child development research topics, by presenting and facilitating activities and demonstrations for families, as well as developing and prototyping educational products such as hands-on activities and caregiver handouts for use in the Museum.

There are 6 Research and Science Communication Assistant positions available.


  • Develop and maintain familiarity with best practices for science communication and child development research with the Museum's early childhood audiences (2-3 hours daily).
  • Interact directly with Museum visitors as a researcher, working closely with mentors (from the Museum and Boston University) to develop research questions and study procedures, and to conduct research experiments with children and their caregivers (2-3 hours daily).
  • Interact directly with Museum visitors as a science communicator, with a focus on helping caregivers learn about the science of child development (2-3 hours daily).
  • Support Discovery Center operations by delivering early childhood programs and by assisting with cleaning, organization, and upkeep of early childhood materials and venues (1-2 hours daily).
  • Develop 1-2 research products (e.g. study pre-submissions, academic posters) per year
  • Develop 3-4 educational products (e.g. caregiver handouts, research toy activities) per year
  • Communicate research findings to professional audiences (e.g. other museum staff, other researchers), verbally or in writing, approximately three times per year.


This position is grant-funded, part-time.

3 days per week, 21 hours/week total, from mid June to end of August 2019
1 day per week, 7 hours/week total, from end of August 2019 to end of May 2020


Manager, Early Childhood Development & Education


  • Ability to read, write, understand English; basic math
  • 6 or more months of informal science education experience
  • Demonstrated comfort communicating STEM concepts to a variety of lay audiences verbally
  • Demonstrated interested in psychology, child development or a related field of research
  • Demonstrated interest in early childhood education
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work in a group setting as part of a multi-faceted team
  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school
  • At least 50 hours of volunteering at the Museum of Science


Non-Exempt (Hourly).


Free parking in the Museum garage, T accessibility, free Exhibit Halls admission and Omni/Planetarium shows, free Duck Tours, discounts in the Museum store and cafe, discounted movie passes, retirement & savings plan.

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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