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Discovery Center Youth Mentor Intern

 Discovery Center Youth Mentor Internship

Museum of Science, Boston



The Museum's early childhood program is based in the Discovery Center - an exciting, 4,200 square-foot learning center designed for our youngest visitors (children ages birth to 8 years) and their grown-ups. Discovery Center exhibits allow children to explore a variety of real objects and age-appropriate tools, all set in immersive fantasy environments that encourage learning through play. Children and their caregivers are engaged in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering on their own, as they explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the "process of science" more generally. The Discovery Center's "Living Laboratory" program brings cognitive scientists from local university and hospital labs onto the exhibit floor to converse with adult caregivers about the scientific study of how children learn, and invite families to participate in active research studies. Volunteer and staff interpreters play a crucial role in facilitating visitors' experiences, helping children develop their emerging science and engineering skills, and helping adult caregivers' better understand the science of child development


The Youth Mentor Intern will be integral to ensuring the delivery of high-quality, hands-on science programming to the Museum's youngest visitors and their accompanying grown-ups. The Youth Mentor Intern will assist in the daily operations of the Discovery Center, by interpreting and maintaining exhibit components and creating new educational materials. The Youth Mentor Intern will work with the Program Manager, Coordinator and Fellow to provide training and support to the Discovery Center's summer youth and pre-college interns, as well as new summer youth volunteers, throughout the summer.


  • Interact directly with Museum visitors, providing them with the means to use and understand real objects and science tools. 
  • Ensure that the Discovery Center is presentable and consistently ready for visitor use. 
  • Maintain the Discovery Center summer youth schedule, including ensuring coverage for vacation times, and scheduling make-up shifts, for all youth volunteers and interns. 
  • Act as a primary resource for summer youth interns and pre-college interns working in the Discovery Center, providing training, feedback and professional development opportunities as needed. 
  • Assist in delivering professional development opportunities for both youth volunteers and veteran volunteer interpreters.
  • Serve as a mentor for youth working on interpretation development projects.


  • Current or entering undergraduate student 
  • Demonstrated experience in informal early childhood science education 
  • Demonstrated background in science, engineering, math, or education 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of all ages (especially teens and young children) 
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a group setting as part of a multi-faceted team


June 14th through ~August 26th (minimum flexibility on start and end dates)


21 paid hours/week. Two schedules available: Sunday (9-4), Monday (9-4), Tuesday (9-4), Wednesday (10-1) OR Wednesday (10-1), Thursday (9-4), Friday (9-4), Saturday (9-4)

Special note: In addition to weekly schedule described above, participation in two youth orientation sessions is required. June 20th and 21st (4:30Pm-9:00PM each day)



Between $11.00 & $11.25 hourly


Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and café and much more!

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.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

How to Apply

Museum of Science Internships
Cambridge, MA 02114

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