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

Summer Youth Research, Development, and Evaluation Intern

Museum of Science, Boston

Program Description:

This internship experience is offered through the Exhibit Innovation Projects department, in the Museum's Learning & Research division. The Exhibit Innovation Projects department works to integrate current research into the museum experience to push forward understandings of how to facilitate science learning through exhibits. This work occurs in close collaboration with the Museum's internal Research & Evaluation department (which conducts studies in the exhibit halls to better understand how people engage with and learn from science museum exhibits, as well as to understand their overall Museum experience), and with the Museum's exhibit design teams (whose members research science topics and apply evidence-based practices in exhibit design to create fun, engaging and meaningful exhibits for people of all ages).

The Exhibit Innovation Projects department also oversees the Museum's Living Laboratory initiative, in which museum staff collaborates with scientists from across Greater Boston to offer museum guests the opportunity to participate in child development and behavioral science research studies as part of their museum visit. Through Living Laboratory, the department offers professional development that supports our research collaborators to communicate their research methods and findings to the public in effective and meaningful ways,

Position Summary:

The Summer Youth Research, Development and Evaluation Internship is intended to provide training and practical experience in science research, science education, and science communication in the cognitive, social, and behavioral sciences. The intern will contribute to projects related to the development of exhibits or understanding of the overall Museum experience. They will interface directly with the public, recruiting museum visitors to participate in studies, assisting in data collection, and educating visitors about the museum's ongoing research initiatives. The intern will also interface directly with the museum's external research partners, providing logistical support to researchers working on-site and developing educational materials that describe the questions and methods of current research studies for the public. Interns will work closely with a team of research, development, evaluation, and education professionals dedicated to creating fun and engaging exhibit-based science learning experiences for the public.


  • Develop familiarity with best practices in science research and science communication that are relevant to the current work of the department
  • Contribute to on-going research projects by recruiting visitors to participate in studies, engaging in data collection and analysis, and discussing study questions and methods with visitors
  • Provide logistical support for Living Laboratory partners (e.g., greeting researchers, printing materials)
  • Assist in the creation of educational materials that share the Museum's research initiatives with the public (e.g., educational handouts, social media posts)
  • Engage visitors to the Museum's exhibit halls in hands-on activities that share findings generated through the museum's research and evaluation work
  • Assist in developing and testing new educational strategies, including those that support visitors' science learning through exhibits

Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently between the ages of 14-19 and enrolled in high school or an equivalent educational program
  • Demonstrated interest in science research, science communication, and/or science education
  • Demonstrated interest in supporting environments that promote diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic group setting
  • Highly motivated, dependable and flexible
  • Attention to detail

Special Skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in psychology, cognitive science, behavioral science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with people from a diverse range of racial and ethnic identities, genders, and abilities

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:

  • Two (2) weekdays and one (1) weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) within a 9am-5pm schedule (full day shifts).


  • 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's 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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