College Internships

Looking for a way to build your resume while putting to use the skills you are learning in the classroom? COSI may have the perfect internship for you!

Our internships are project-based. This experience is part of the volunteer program and all internships are unpaid. Minimum time requirement may vary according to internship position (see position descriptions in the Internship Opportunities section below).


Benefits of interning with COSI:
  1. Sharpen your skills or develop new ones
  2. Build your professional and social network
  3. Get the inside scoop on COSI’s exhibits and events
  4. Free admission to COSI
  5. Free parking on day of service
  6. Discounts in COSI’s store and café
  7. COSI Individual+guest membership after 100 hours of volunteer service
  8. Letters of recommendation
  9. We will equip you for success through training and orientation, coaching and guidance

How to Apply:


Check the open Internship Opportunities listed below, and choose the one you wish to apply for. Send your resume and cover letter to Carla Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the name of the position in the subject of the email. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. The selection of resumes may take up to a month after the position is open.

If your resume is selected, you will be contacted by your chosen position’s supervisor in order to schedule an interview. During the interview you will be asked to fill out a background check release form and to provide references’ contacts.

If you are selected for the position, and if your background and reference checks are cleared, COSI will schedule an onboarding class to get you ready for your first day of service. During the onboarding you will learn about COSI’s policies and procedures, including dress code and parking instructions.

After onboarding, the position supervisor will contact you to schedule your first day of service. Note that the onboarding class also counts as time of service.

Internship Opportunities:

Audience Development Internship (click for details)

Posted

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Objective

Assist the Manager of Adult Engagement and Audience Development Team in preparation and execution of special events.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills, is energetic and flexible, able to coordinate diverse tasks, able to establish good working relationships with team members, and is willing to learn on the job. They should have strong interpersonal and communication skills. They will need to work independently once assigned to a task. Willingness to learn new skills and keep up with a fast-paced work environment is a must. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite is required.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Assist with preparation of logistics for events and programs such as COSI After Dark, festivals, Theater events, etc.
B. Attend planning meetings as needed
C. Stage materials for events such as signs and guest/vendor packets
D. Assist with procuring and staging program supplies
E. Assist with day-of execution of monthly COSI After Dark events
F. Perform other departmental duties as assigned
G. Support general COSI operations through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities
H. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI Team Members and guests
I. In accordance with COSI’s Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in guest services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient

DIVISION: Audience Development
SCHEDULE/HOURS: Varied schedule including mostly weekdays but also some weekends and evenings. Must have evening availability for the first and second Thursdays of each month. 100 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

Reports to

Manager of Adult Engagement and Audience Development Team
Unpaid Internship

Education Internship (COSI Academy Program) (click for details)

Posted

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Objective

Support COSI’s Mission by assisting COSI Academy facilitators in the creation, planning and execution of education programming for high schools students. COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering science, technology, engineering, math, and health careers. Activities include but are not limited to talks with professionals, field trips to local science-based corporations, organizations, and universities, and hands-on activities.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, energetic and flexible, with strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to establish good working relationship with team members. High school diploma or equivalent; current enrollment in a related course of study (e.g. educational studies, history, museum studies, sciences) at the collegiate level.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Assist in daily operations of COSI Academy sessions;
B. Assist with the facilitation of education activities;
C. Help host any guest speakers, gathering supplies and assisting with presentation as needed;
D. Support the creation and preparation of hands-on-activities;
E. Attend and support field trips, serving as chaperone for the group;
F. Serve as a mentor/role model for teens participating in program;
G. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI Team Members and Guests.
H. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
I. Support general COSI operations through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities, such as COSI University.
J. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in guest services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.

DEPARTMENT: Volunteer and Community Resources Team
SCHEDULE/HOURS: 10-16 hours/week, varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.

Reports to

Youth Career Exploration Specialist
Unpaid Internship

Marketing Intern (click for details)

Posted

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Objective

Assist the Marketing Coordinator and Marketing Team in data entry, market research, promotional activities, and record maintenance relating to COSI’s marketing and public relations efforts.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills, is energetic and flexible, able to coordinate diverse tasks, able to establish good working relationships with team members, and has excellent verbal and written communication skills. Punctual and able to work dependably with minimum supervision. One year of collegiate coursework (required).One year of marketing collegiate coursework (preferred, but not required). Familiarity with Microsoft Office software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Assist with data entry and mailing list maintenance.
B. Support marketing campaigns and help measure campaign effectiveness.
C. Attend and contribute to meetings where and when appropriate.
D. Become familiar with COSI and its offerings.
E. Assist as needed with setup and staffing of COSI information tables at public events and professional conferences (occasional weekend work may be required).
F. Assist PR Manager with upcoming media events.
G. Complete intern projects approved by the Marketing Coordinator.
H. Perform other departmental duties as assigned.
I. Support general COSI operations through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities.
J. Serve as an example to other COSI team members in matters of appearance, attitude and performance in a manner best serving COSI team members and guests.
K. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in guest services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.

DIVISION: Marketing
SCHEDULE/HOURS: 8-15 hours/week, varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

Reports to

Marketing Coordinator

Hours

8-15 hours/week
Unpaid Internship

Stage Experiences Internship (click for details)

Posted

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Objective

COSI hosts high-energy shows and science demonstrations to engage people around science. The objective of this position is to set and perform shows in the main COSI stage (Atrium Stage). The position will also assist with related administrative, training, and mentoring duties related to the shows.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills; is energetic and flexible; is self-motivated; able to coordinate diverse tasks; able to establish good working relationships with team members; has excellent public speaking and/or teaching skills, and the ability to hold the attention of a large audience with people from all ages. High school diploma or equivalent; current enrollment in a related course of study (e.g. theater, sciences or education) at the collegiate level. Previous experience with stage presentation preferred. This position is eligible for course credit; it is the intern’s responsibility to inquire with their advisors and professors to see if they can use this experience towards course credit.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Master the two core shows presented on the Atrium Stage: Electrostatic Generator and Rat Basketball
B. Assist the Atrium Stage Manager in transcribing and analyzing attendance data from stage shows.
C. After mastery of shows, actively participating in training and evaluation of paid team and volunteers.
D. Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate.
E. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.
F. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy, and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring Guest safety, using courtesy to drive each Guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
G. Perform other duties as assigned.

DIVISION: Floor Experiences
SCHEDULE/HOURS: 12-18 hours per week, varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

Reports to

Floor Faculty Manager of Atrium Stage
Unpaid Internship

Tech Studio Intern (click for details)

Posted

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Objective

Support COSI's mission by implementing quality programs for all ages. Work with educators, parents, experts, and other COSI Team to support and deliver programs and materials that meet audience needs, are developmentally appropriate, and address the various learning styles of the participants. Facilitate programming related to COSI’s media lab/makerspace, Tech Studio. Assist Tech Studio team with media projects.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills, is energetic and flexible, able to coordinate diverse tasks, able to establish good working relationships with team members. Must possess experience working with design software and/or audio/video software. Physical making skills preferred. An ideal candidate would have prior experience working with one or more of the following software: the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and After Effects), Autodesk Modeling software (Fusion360, Maya, 123D Design), Logic Pro X, Arduino, and Unity. Experience working with all-ages in traditional or free-choice education programs preferred. Candidate must be actively pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation, Advertising and Graphic Design, Cinematic Arts, Illustration, Engineering, Industrial Design, or Computer Science. A general knowledge of technology platforms and awareness of the field is preferred. Prior customer service experience preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Provide support to Tech Studio staff as an educator and facilitator for guests in their use of Tech Studio during workshops and camps.
B. Provide support to Tech Studio staff as an educator and facilitator for guests in offsite programming.
C. Work collaboratively within the Tech Studio team to complete motion graphic, captioning, and video editing projects.
D. Learn new software and physical construction skills to better serve workshop and camp participants.
E. Share technical knowledge with other Tech Studio team members, including development and expansion of activities used in Tech Studio programs.
F. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.
G. Support general COSI operations through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities, such as COSI University.
H. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in guest services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.

DIVISION: Education
SCHEDULE/HOURS: Varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

Reports to

Manager of Tech Studio
Unpaid Internship

If we don't have an opportunity that matches your interests and talents, or if you have questions about our college internship program, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.