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Planetarium Presenter Internship


Museum of Science, Boston



The Charles Hayden Planetarium has been educating families, school groups, and the general public about astronomy since 1958. The recently renovated, 209-seat round state-of-the-art fulldome theater uses a Zeiss Starmaster ZMP star projector, Sky-Skan Definiti 4K projection technology with DigitalSky 2 software, and special lighting effects for use in both live and pre-recorded Planetarium programming.


The Planetarium intern will join staff in presenting pre-recorded and/or live interactive astronomy-themed shows to the public. The intern will learn to operate the technical equipment in the Planetarium, learn and practice strategies on explaining scientific theory, and develop teaching skills. This summer, the Planetarium will be featuring two live shows, Explore the Universe and Wonders of the Night Sky, and the prerecorded show, From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA, a show about spacecraft engineering.


  • Present 2-4 Planetarium programs to the public per day.
  • Learn and explain abstract topics in an easy-to-understand way.
  • Assist with usher duties, taking tickets, and answering general questions about the Planetarium.
  • Perform office duties, and assist the Planetarium staff with other ongoing projects as needed.
  • Learn and perform basic operation of Planetarium equipment and technology, including routine maintenance and troubleshooting.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student or career changer.
  • Astronomy or space science-related coursework.
  • Interest in astronomy and/or science education.
  • Strong communication and public-speaking skills.
  • Comfortable addressing large crowds.
  • Ability to explain abstract-topics in an easy-to-understand way.
  • Experience using computer technology and audio-visual equipment.
  • Enjoy talking to children and the general public.
  • Ability to work with a team and independently.


  • Undergraduate or higher degree in astronomy or space science a plus
  • Previous experience working in a Planetarium a plus
  • Previous experience teaching in formal or informal settings a plus
  • Theater or other performance experience a plus


Summer 2017 (May/June - August)


14-21 hours/week, one weekend day required


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.



How to Apply

Museum of Science Internships
Cambrdige, MA 02114

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