Youth Volunteer Experience
(age group: 12-18 years old)
COSI's Youth Volunteer Expereince is a unique opportunity for students. Volunteer help further COSI's mission by serving our guests and providing a unique STEM learning experience while developing new skills for their future.
How to Apply:
Complete the Youth Volunteer Application Form. The application is available two times a year - Spring and Fall.
We had an overwhelming response for the program this Fall and can no longer accept applications until the Spring. The application will be available again March 1. Thank you!
Attend an Interview Session. These sessions are 5 hours in duration and include information about the volunteer program, a group robin interview, a team building activity, and a demonstration prepared by the applicant. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the information part of the session (the first hour).
If accepted as a COSI Volunteer, you will need to attend a 5-hour onboarding session designed to help prepare you for your role as a COSI Volunteer.
Floor Team Volunteer
- Teaching science
- Performing shows
- Assisting with workshops
- Assisting with Science Days
Little Kidspace® Volunteer
- Teaching young kids
- Facilitating education and craft activities
- Assisting LKS entrance desk
Guest Service Volunteer
- Assisting visitors at the Guest Service desk
- Ushering National Geographic Giant Screen Theater and Planetarium shows
- Entrance greeting
- Assisting with group arrival
Leadership and Skills Development:
The Shining Team Achievement Reward (STAR)
As volunteers develop their COSI knowledge and soft skills one level at a time, they are recognized for their achievement and awarded with new professional development opportunities. Each level has its own requirements. Levels are: White STAR, Green STAR, and Red STAR.
Leadership & Professional Development
Volunteers that have earned their Green STAR get the opportunity to participate in Leadership and Professional Development Workshops to help prepare them to enter the workforce. These workshops include such topics as Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Personal Finance, and Event Planning.
The Apprentice Position
Volunteers that have earned their Red STAR, and are at least 16 years old, are eligible to apply for this highly competitive paid positions. Apprentices help select and mentor the next generation of COSI youth volunteers.