Education Internships

About the Education Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for up to three qualified interns to assist our Education Staff. Education interns will learn about all aspects of informal education that take place at our facility including school and public programs, Aquarium presentations, and special events. This internship is appropriate for those seeking a profession in formal/traditional or informal/nontraditional education fields.

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“I think the most beneficial part of my internship experience at the GSC was just seeing the behind-the-scenes work of a nonprofit. I really got a good look at how an education department runs and what it would be like to work for a nonprofit. [My internship] confirmed what I did and did not want out of a job after graduating, which was invaluable. And even though it sounds silly, it was incredibly beneficial to learn some of the more administrative tasks like how to use office equipment. It really did make me feel more prepared in the 'real world'.”

-Meg T., Education Intern, Spring 2013
  • Learning how non-formal education compliments and supports formal or traditional education by correlating to and going beyond Common Core and Essential Standards.
  • Developing public speaking and presentation skills (key skills in any profession!) by engaging visitors of all ages in the aquarium through informal talks at an array of animal exhibits.
  • Assisting our Nature Tot and Homeschool classes with children ages 2-11 in a wide variety of subject areas and science based activities.
  • Learning about the animals here at the Greensboro Science Center from the cute and cuddly to the creepy crawly. Some animal handling is a possibility, but is not guaranteed and is not a focus of this internship.
  • Observing on-site school science presentations on subjects ranging from Animal Adaptations to Electricity and Magnetism.
  • Creating your own education based project based on your interests such as a game, scavenger hunt, or other educational resource.
  • Researching information and creating documents on Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Assisting with winter break camps, spring break camps, or summer camps as scheduling permits.
  • Learning how to correctly and safely use office equipment like a laminator, copying machine, and button maker; because yes, these too are important life skills!
  • Pitching in with random projects like painting, cleaning skulls, cutting yarn, counting penguin feathers, wearing a shark mascot costume, or setting out minnow traps.
  • Assisting with and preparing for special events such as World Oceans Day, Shark Week, Science Festival, Tuxedo Trot, and Pajama Jam.
On-site scheduling can be arranged around the intern’s class schedule. Education Interns are typically on site a minimum of two days a week, around four hours each day. We require a minimum of 120 hours to complete an internship. Weekday morning availability is required. The start and end dates for this internship are flexible.
Martha Regester, VP of Education
Alison Manka, School and Aquarium Programs Manager
An internship with the Education Team might be for you if:
  • You are able to work in a team environment as well as independently.
  • You have good communication skills and are comfortable talking with guests of all ages in a variety of settings.
  • You are looking to further your teaching, engaging, and presentation skills, but already enjoy talking with people.
  • You want to learn about informal science education and how we connect with general visitors, members and school groups.
  • You have a college level background (or are working on one) in teaching, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science or other related science program. Preference is given to students currently enrolled in school.
  • You are reliable and can commit to at least 120 hours with us.
  • You take pride in what you do and want to make a difference in the world through science education.
  • Interns must complete all paperwork and pass a background check.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 people who can provide professional references for you (you do not need to submit the actual references) to internships@greensboroscience.org by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1. Please combine all three documents into one document with a file name that indicates your name and the internship you are applying for. Example John_Smith_Zoo_Internship. No phone calls please. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Internship opportunities are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable.

Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Final selections will be made no later than November 30.