Museum of Science Internships
  • 24-Mar-2021 to 18-Apr-2021 (EST)
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 13.50
  • Hourly

Summer Youth Intern - Exhibit Maintenance

Museum of Science, Boston

Program Description:

The Exhibit Operations Department is the crucial department who ensures that the exhibit halls are ready for visitors each day. The team monitors and repairs interactive exhibits components, identifies problems and assists/arranges for repairs as necessary. Tasks include routine maintenance of exhibits, including exhibit lighting, interactive exhibit stations, and exhibit cleanliness.

Position Summary:

In this position, interns will learn the inner working of science museum exhibits and basic mechanical repair skills.

The intern will work with the Exhibit Operations team to perform daily rounds of exhibit areas and exhibit components to ensure they are working properly and provide on-the-spot repairs when damage is found and report all existing or potential problems. Clean and perform basic preventive maintenance routines involving minor carpentry, basic mechanical and basic electrical repairs. Assist other technicians in the performance of their duties, including installation, refurbishment and removal of exhibits.


  • Monitor interactive exhibits throughout the Exhibit Halls and temporary galleries, identifying and resolving problems, and rebooting computers when necessary
  • Identify repairs that require technical services and call the appropriate technician
  • Make repairs as trained by the supervisor

Basic Qualifications:

  • Between the ages of 14-19 and currently enrolled in High School or equivalent school.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • Responsible and dependable
  • Interested in trades/technical experiences such as mechanics, electronics, and general repair work

Program Commitment:

  • Location: Roles will be either in-person only OR hybrid (a mix of in-person and remote). If the role requires any remote working hours, technology will be made available to summer youth interns.

  • Length of the youth internship program: 7-week program (between July 5 through August 22)
    • Orientation (paid hours) and Onboarding will be in late June - date TBD based on hired individuals' schedules

  • Shifts: All Summer Youth Internships are a commitment of three (3) full working days a week during the program (typically 21 paid working hours) Interns have a one-hour, unpaid lunch break each day. Candidates are only allowed to miss three (3) consecutive workdays during the program
    • 2 days - Department days (see internship description below)
    • 1 day - Personal and professional development day - THIS IS A FULL DAY ON WEDNESDAYS
      • This day can include leadership development and practice, workforce development skills, all-staff or departmental meetings.

Role-Specific Work Schedule:

  • 21 working hours (any full-day shifts is 7 paid hours and 1 unpaid lunch hour; if half days then morning shifts only) which could be a mix of weekdays and/or one weekend day. MUST be available for a full day shift on Wednesdays.


  • All summer youth internship positions pay $13.50/hour


  • Free admission and access to the Museum of Science's Exhibit halls and venues.
  • Discounts in our Museum store and cafe.
  • Reciprocity to other cultural institutions
  • Commuter-friendly location (our E-line stop is just across the street!)

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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