INTERNSHIPS

BUILD YOUR SKILLS, SERVE THE COMMUNITY

Perot Museum of Nature and Science internships provide an opportunity for current undergraduate and post-graduate students to build professional and educational skills while serving the community.

Internship Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in college pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree or a college graduate
  • Internship placement is based on applicant’s interest, skills, and experience as well as Museum need
  • Internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 60 hours of service
  • All interns must complete and pass a background check; interns working with children will be fingerprinted 

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Internship (February-May): January 15
  • Summer Internship (June-August): April 15
  • Fall Internship (September-December): August 15

Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

To Apply

  • Read the College Internship Placement Opportunities below
  • Complete the online internship application for your chosen placement
  • Submit a resume and cover letter to volunteers@perotmuseum.org with the subject line "Internship Application"

College Internship Placement Opportunities

Gem and Minerals Collection Internship

The Gems and Minerals Center at the Perot Museum aims to elevate interest and understanding of gems and minerals. An intern is needed for fall 2020 (September-December) to catalog the permanent gems and minerals collection, prepare for an incoming temporary exhibit in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, and assist with geology related educational programming.  The intern’s schedule would be a 4 hour shift 1 day a week. Applicants should be entering their junior or senior year of college and completion of some course work related to mineralogy and/or geology is preferred. Supervisors during the internship will be the Gems and Minerals Director and the Gems and Minerals Registrar. The selected intern will gain insider knowledge of curatorial work specific to handling mineral specimens, creating exhibits, and collaborating with other museum departments.

To apply for this position please send a resume and cover letter to volunteers@perotmuseum.org by August 15. Your cover letter should address how you are qualified for this position and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please be sure to include whether or not you plan on earning university credit for this internship and if your institution has specific requirements that need to be met. This is an unpaid internship.

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Finance Internship

The finance intern will report directly to the Museum’s chief financial officer and the director of finance at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The finance intern will gain hands-on, practical experience in accounting and financial management in a stable and dynamic nonprofit business. The internship is focused on project work utilizing the Museum’s accounting systems for financial reporting. A flexible schedule is available Monday-Friday, 15-20 hours per week, for a minimum of six weeks between September-December. Students enrolled and working toward a degree related to accounting, who will be entering their junior or senior year in fall 2020, are eligible to apply. 

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Early Childhood Education Internship

Early childhood interns are based in the programs department and assist the early childhood coordinator with curriculum development, teaching classes, and engaging our youngest guests in our Art Lab space. The early childhood team is responsible for developing and delivering high-quality early learning experiences to our guests. 

 

Early childhood interns will primarily assist the early childhood coordinator with daily activities in the Art Lab and classroom. Interns will gain practical experience in the necessary activities required in curriculum planning and delivery.

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Exhibits Internship

Exhibits interns will be based in the exhibits department and will assist the exhibits team with day-to-day activities as well as any special assignments and projects.

The exhibits department is committed to bringing and maintaining high-quality and engaging exhibitions to Museum guests. The exhibits team is responsible for assessing and maintaining the quality and functionality of the Museum's permanent exhibits and temporary exhibitions. Daily activities include maintenance and repair of exhibit halls, checking lighting, cleaning designated exhibit components and workspaces, assisting with shutdowns, and responding to exhibit breakdowns in addition to other activities.

Exhibit interns will primarily assist the exhibits team with daily activities in maintaining the working order of all Museum exhibits. Interns will gain practical experience in the necessary activities required to keep a museum functional. Interns may also have the opportunity to interact with and gain experience with various departments, as the exhibits team commonly works across Museum departments in their normal activities.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Interns will work closely with the exhibit technicians under the direction of the manager of permanent exhibits.

Please include schedule and availability in your application, along with any applicable skills.

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CEHJ Science Communication Internship

The Center for the Exploration of the Human Journey (CEHJ) at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a dynamic team of archaeologists and science communicators dedicated to uncovering and communicating the science and stories around our shared humanity. The CEHJ is seeking a Science Communication Intern for the Fall of 2020 to advance its education and outreach initiatives throughout the museum and local community. This position is designed to advance the academic and professional training of the next generation of science communicators in anthropology through mentorship and hands-on presenting experience to a variety of audiences.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop programming for a variety of museum audiences
  • Design educational presentations, materials and resources for teachers and students
  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications/Skills/Education

  • The successful applicant will be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate anthropology program at the time of appointment
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 60 total hours over the course of the summer
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Experience in informal education preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus
  • Proficiency in one of the following a plus:
    • Video editing and production
    • Online course development
    • Non-academic writing

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Events Internship

Throughout the year, the Museum holds hundreds of after-hours events — from corporate meetings to weddings and proms. Events interns will assist with the setup and breakdown of events, guide guests to the designated event area, and assist event staff to ensure that each event runs smoothly. This internship takes place mainly after hours and on weekends. Events interns will gain experience working with a variety of events, including Museum events such as Social Science and Founders Circle. Prospective interns must be 21 years old or older to apply.

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Marketing/PR Internship

Marketing/PR interns work directly alongside Museum marketing and public relations staff. Interns will work hand-in-hand with other members of the marketing team to execute the Museum's strategic marketing and communication initiatives, products and services. Ideal candidates must be self-motivated and possess some of the following skills: writing experience (AP style), editing experience, web/HTML knowledge, experience working in a CMS, ability to work with comparative analysis in Excel, familiarity with market research, organization and project management experience, and experience in PowerPoint. Tasks could include: organizing spreadsheets, tracking internet mentions, helping with media and donor gifts, archiving photos, writing drafts for social media and event summaries, or proofreading web and print content.

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Human Resources Internship

The Human Resources interns will report to the Vice President of HR, the HR Services Manager, and the HR generalist to assist the team in the migration of files and documents to the Museum's HRIS software system, Paycom, enabling the transformation to a paper free environment and gaining real life experience on a popular HRIS product.

Additionally, HR interns will learn the HR business functions of a successful non-profit, experience the environment of a professional science museum, and complete a project-based assignment related to the Paycom app usages among staff members. A flexible schedule is available Monday-Friday, between 9-5 in one, four hour shift per week, for a minimum of 60 hours between September-December. Students enrolled and working toward a degree related to Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Industrial Relations or related majors, who will be in their junior or senior year in fall 2020, are eligible to apply.

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Information Technology Internship

IT interns will assist with various day-to-day operations as well as projects within the Museum. Interns should display proficiency in the following skills: Computer hardware experience (Memory, HDD, CPU, computer peripherals), ability to install and configure software, basic understanding of operating systems (Windows 7 and 10 and Mac OS). Job responsibilities of a Perot Museum IT intern include: providing computer technical support for end users, installing, upgrading, and configuring software, re-imaging computers with the proper OS and drivers, responding to computer issues daily via the ticketing systems, and assisting with maintain computer inventory. The Museum has a highly complex IT environment and is seeking an intern who is passionate about our mission. IT interns will gain hands-on experience in a Museum setting working directly with staff under management of the chief operating officer.

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Volunteer Services Internship

Volunteer Services interns will directly assist the volunteer services department and staff with day-to-day operations of over 2,000 volunteers including volunteer check-in and rounds, recruitment, orientation and onboarding, trainings, and motivating and encouraging current volunteers. The intern will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of what it takes to maintain and manage an efficient nonprofit volunteer program.

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Discovery Camp Internship

Discovery Camp is a series of weekly science-themed sessions for students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade. Discovery Camp interns will support lead instructors in delivering summer camp curricula; serve as assistant instructors in after-care classrooms, supervising and facilitating activities for up to 20 children; and assist in the general workload of the Education Department to ensure the success of Discovery Camp.

Discovery Camp interns should be enrolled in an accredited university working towards a degree in teaching and/or a scientific discipline or mathematics. Basic knowledge and understanding of curriculum development is preferred. Interns scheduled for Discovery Camp will be Monday-Friday (times may vary) with a minimum commitment of four weeks between June 2021-August 2021. Please state your availability in your cover letter.

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Questions?

For any questions or guidance on submitting documents, please contact our Volunteer Services Team.

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