About COSI

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You can find many of COSI's current internship opportunities listed at ColumbusInternships.com

COSI has many exciting opportunities for college internships. If you are interested in a college internship, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter:

By Mail to:
COSI Columbus Volunteer Department
attn: Volunteer & Community Resources
333 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

By Email to:
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If you are a good match with a current opening, we will proceed with the application and selection process. If we don’t have an opening that matches your interests and talents, we will explore whether an opportunity can be tailored for you.

With a COSI internship, you:

  • get valuable hands-on work experience
  • have fun
  • learn new skills
  • explore interests
  • meet people



College interns work in a variety of departments throughout COSI. Each college intern position description is based around a project to be completed per term. Areas may include:

  • Education
  • Administration and Operations
  • Marketing and Development
  • Guest and Safety Services
  • Exhibits
  • Human Resources
  • Teen Programs


Time Commitment

College internships range from 8-15 weeks and may be repeated. School credits may determine the number of hours per week (usually 10-16 hours arranged over 2 to 4 days). Hours are flexible and depend on assignment. Positions are unpaid but offer benefits, in addition to school credit.


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Volunteer Program

Volunteers from the community play a crucial role in helping COSI to deliver inspiring and engaging science experiences. We accept volunteers from ages 12 through adult, from all backgrounds to deliver a wide variety of COSI experiences.

We will match your time commitment, talents and interests with COSI’s needs to find the perfect fit. Time commitment varies from regularly scheduled volunteers who serve two to four days per month, ten to sixteen hours per week for college interns (link) and on a per-event basis for community and corporate partner volunteers.

Have questions? Want to get started? We can help you with that!

Ask a Question   Volunteer FAQs   Adult Volunteer Application   Youth Volunteer Application


Benefits of Volunteering at COSI:

  • Be a part of the COSI Team
  • Sharpen your skills or develop new ones
  • Build your social network
  • Get the inside scoop on COSI’s exhibits and events
  • Free admission to COSI
  • Free parking
  • Discounts in COSI’s store and café
  • We will equip you for success through training and orientation, coaching and guidance. You will also receive letters of recommendation and have the ability to shape your experience based on your needs and interests.


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Career Ladder – An Opportunity to Grow from Volunteer to Paid Team Member

COSI’s Career Ladder program is a strategic plan to grow and retain the knowledge, experience and passion of our team. This program allows for volunteers in good standing to apply for paid positions and be treated as internal candidates which will guarantee an opportunity to interview for an open position.


College Internships

COSI has many exciting opportunities for unpaid college internships as a way to gain valuable experience and prepare college Juniors and Seniors for the workforce. Learn More


Volunteer & Community Resource Mission Statement

The COSI Volunteer & Community Resources Team will provide essential services that enrich the COSI experience, have a positive financial impact, and enhance COSI's position as a community leader. COSI will provide a rewarding, professional, and challenging community service experience in a team oriented environment.


Volunteers make an impact!

As a COSI Volunteer you will have the chance to gain unique and meaningful experiences, inspire a love of science and learning to children and families and help COSI fulfill its mission. COSI received over 100,000 hours by nearly 10,000 volunteers last fiscal year through a combination of on-site volunteers and thousands of parent volunteers who support the COSI on Wheels program. Volunteering at COSI is win-win for everyone!


Volunteering, Employment, and Internships

COSI is powered by committed volunteers and paid Team Members who work side by side in roles of all kinds to deliver strong customer service, extraordinary learning experiences and the behind-the-scenes support that make COSI the #1 Science Center. COSI provides a supportive environment with an emphasis on personal growth and development. COSI Team come from a large variety of backgrounds including education, business and of course, science. Working and volunteering at COSI becomes more than just a job, it becomes a true passion and way of life.


Open Positions

Open Positions

View our open full-time, part-time, and temporary positions and apply online today.

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Policies and Benefits

Employment Policies & Benefits

As a team, we work together to give our guests the ultimate interactive learning experience. As a Team Member, you will be a part of something truly influential.

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Policies and Benefits

Employment Posters

These notices are provided by federal and state labor agencies to ensure applicants and Team Members are informed of employment rights under the law.

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Learn About Our Volunteer Program

Explore the opportunities and benefits for youth, service learning programs, college internships, adults, special events, and corporate volunteers.

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Policies and Benefits

Internships at COSI

COSI has many opportunities for college internships. Students can gain invaluable experience in various departments and fields ranging from education to marketing.

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