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. Volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles: everything from working directly with guests in educator or guest relations roles to administrative, support, and skill based roles behind the scenes. We also offer college internships and work with groups on an as needed basis. Time commitments vary based on the role and needs.
Thank you for your interest in COSI’s Youth Volunteer/Career Ladder experience. We have reached our capacity of youth applicants that we can accept at this time. Please check back this Fall for the Youth Volunteer Application. Please check here for other opportunities for teens.
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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.
COSI’s Career Ladder – An opportunity for youth volunteers to further develop their leadership skills.
COSI’s Career Ladder is a pathway for youth to develop leadership and soft skills desired by future employers. Through the volunteer experience and leadership roles volunteers develop such skills as problem solving and critical thinking, as well as teambuilding and communication skills. Through the Career Ladder youth also have an opportunity to produce a resume and participate in an interview skills workshop.
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!