College Internships

Looking for a way to build your resume while putting to use the skills you are learning in the classroom? COSI may have the perfect internship for you!

Our internships are project-based. This experience is part of the volunteer program and all internships are unpaid. Minimum time requirement may vary according to internship position (see position descriptions in the Internship Opportunities section below).


Benefits of interning with COSI:
  1. Sharpen your skills or develop new ones
  2. Build your professional and social network
  3. Get the inside scoop on COSI’s exhibits and events
  4. Free admission to COSI
  5. Free parking on day of service
  6. Discounts in COSI’s store and café
  7. COSI Individual+guest membership after 100 hours of volunteer service
  8. Letters of recommendation
  9. We will equip you for success through training and orientation, coaching and guidance

How to Apply:


Check the open Internship Opportunities listed below, and choose the one you wish to apply for. Send your resume and cover letter to Rachael Rohrig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the name of the position in the subject of the email. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. The selection of resumes may take up to a month after the position is open.

If your resume is selected, you will be contacted by your chosen position’s supervisor in order to schedule an interview. During the interview you will be asked to fill out a background check release form and to provide references’ contacts.

If you are selected for the position, and if your background and reference checks are cleared, COSI will schedule an onboarding class to get you ready for your first day of service. During the onboarding you will learn about COSI’s policies and procedures, including dress code and parking instructions.

After onboarding, the position supervisor will contact you to schedule your first day of service. Note that the onboarding class also counts as time of service.

Internship Opportunities:

Animal Specialist Intern (click for details)

Posted

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Objective

Support COSI’s living collection through a project based assignment that will either teach guest about the animals in the collection or support the care and well-being of the animal collection. In addition, provide quality care to the animal collection and assisting in guest related experiences utilizing animals in the collection.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills; is energetic and flexible; able to coordinate diverse tasks; able to establish good working relationships with team members; and has excellent verbal and written communication skills. High school diploma or equivalent; current enrollment in a related course of study (e.g. zoology, animal sciences, biology) at the collegiate level. Previous experience with hands-on animal care in a professional setting preferred. This position is eligible for course credit; it is the intern’s responsibility to inquire with their advisors and professors to see if they can use this experience towards course credit.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Learn how to care for the animals in COSI’s Living Collection and provide daily husbandry, including feeding animals and cleaning enclosures.
B. Assist the Living Collections Assistant(s) and Manager of Living Collection in training of COSI’s animal collection for various animal behaviors.
C. Gain experience facilitating both formal and informal guest related animal experiences.
D. Assist in maintaining accurate records for the animal collection; including but not limited to daily care checklists, sign out sheets, vet records, and weight logs.
E. Complete intern project that has been approved by the Manager of Living Collections. Project may include, but is not limited to; creating new cart experiences, developing new animal enrichment, and searching for grant and funding opportunities.
F. Research and implement various enrichment items and methods.
G. Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate.
H. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.
I. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy, and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring Guest safety, using courtesy to drive each Guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
J. Perform other duties as assigned by the Manager of Living Collections.

DIVISION: Floor Experiences
SCHEDULE/HOURS: 10-16 hours/week, varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: Age 18+

Reports to

Manager of Living Collections

Hours

10-16 hours/week
Unpaid Internship

Camp COSI Intern (click for details)

Posted

Thursday, 07 February 2019

Objective

Support COSI’s Summer Camp Program through researching and developing camp activities, acting as an extra hand during camp days, and providing exceptional educational experiences for all Camp COSI participants.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills, is energetic and flexible, able to coordinate diverse tasks, able to establish good working relationships with team members, and has excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Work with the Camp Programs Specialist to research and develop camp activities.
B. Aide in preparing and tear down of camps.
C. Gain experience and practice behavior through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities.
D. Support general COSI operations through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities, such as COSI University.
E. Serve as an example to other COSI team members in matters of appearance, attitude and performance in a manner best serving COSI team members and guests.
F. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in guest services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.

DEPARTMENT: Camps
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

Reports to

Manager of Camps

Hours

25-30 hours (Monday - Friday). 125 hours minimum commitment
Unpaid Internship

Outdoor Programming Intern (click for details)

Posted

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Objective

Care for and maintain the COSI Prairie Garden while developing ways to engage guests through education activities and new strategies.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills; is energetic and flexible; is self-motivated; able to coordinate diverse tasks; able to establish good working relationships with team members; and has excellent verbal and written communication skills. High school diploma or equivalent; current enrollment in a related course of study (e.g. botany, entomology, environmental education) at the collegiate level. Previous experience with hands-on animal care in a professional setting preferred. This position is eligible for course credit; it is the intern’s responsibility to inquire with their advisors and professors to see if they can use this experience towards course credit.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Learn about the native plants found within our prairie garden and their requirements for healthy growth and sustainment.
B. Maintain the prairie garden through weeding, watering, and trimming where necessary.
C. Gain experience facilitating both formal and informal guest experiences in an outdoor setting.
D. Complete intern project developing educational programming that fits in the prairie garden setting and extends the learning already taking place there.
E. Research and implement planting of complementary additions to the prairie garden.
F. Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate.
G. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.
H. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy, and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring Guest safety, using courtesy to drive each Guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
I. Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to

Floor Faculty Manager of Outdoor Programming

Hours

8-12 hours per week, varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.

Outreach Education Intern (click for details)

Posted

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Objective

Support COSI’s Education team through attending Outreach Workshops and Camps as an extra hand, assisting in design projects, completing administrative tasks and providing exceptional educational experiences for all learners in our programming.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent communication skills; is energetic and flexible; able to coordinate many tasks; works very well in team settings; works well with all age groups of students; High school diploma or equivalent; previous experience working with children is preferred

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Act as an “extra hand” and co-educator to prepare, present, and tear down COSI on Wheels Workshops and Camp COSI on Wheels programs with COSI’s Education team.
B. Gain experience facilitating educational programming with a diverse audience and wide age range of students
C. Gain experience in behavior and classroom management strategies through on- and off-site Camp Programs and Outreach Workshops
D. Assist with research and administrative tasks approved by the Manager of Outreach Education
E. Complete intern projects approved by the Manager of Outreach Education. Projects may include but are not limited to creating and/or implementing new educational experiences, developing new systems for administrative use, research on audiences, grants and funding opportunities.
F. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI Team Members and Guests.
G. Support general COSI operations through participation in team meetings and extended training opportunities.
H. In accordance with COSI’s Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in guest services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
I. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


DEPARTMENT: Education
SCHEDULE/HOURS: 25-30 hours. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required. 125 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

COSI AGREES TO PROVIDE:
A. Orientation and training for your specific job duties.
B. A letter of recommendation at the completion of the internship.
C. Free admission to COSI and discounts in the theaters, café, and gift shop.
D. Free parking
E. Professional level mentorship and supervision.
F. Invitations to Team events and parties.

Reports to

Manager of Outreach Education
Unpaid Internship

Stage Experiences Internship (click for details)

Posted

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Objective

COSI hosts high-energy shows and science demonstrations to engage people around science. The objective of this position is to set and perform shows in the main COSI stage (Atrium Stage). The position will also assist with related administrative, training, and mentoring duties related to the shows.

Education/Experience

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational skills; is energetic and flexible; is self-motivated; able to coordinate diverse tasks; able to establish good working relationships with team members; has excellent public speaking and/or teaching skills, and the ability to hold the attention of a large audience with people from all ages. High school diploma or equivalent; current enrollment in a related course of study (e.g. theater, sciences or education) at the collegiate level. Previous experience with stage presentation preferred. This position is eligible for course credit; it is the intern’s responsibility to inquire with their advisors and professors to see if they can use this experience towards course credit.

Duties & Responsibilities

A. Master the two core shows presented on the Atrium Stage: Electrostatic Generator and Rat Basketball
B. Assist the Atrium Stage Manager in transcribing and analyzing attendance data from stage shows.
C. After mastery of shows, actively participating in training and evaluation of paid team and volunteers.
D. Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate.
E. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.
F. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy, and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring Guest safety, using courtesy to drive each Guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
G. Perform other duties as assigned.

DIVISION: Floor Experiences
SCHEDULE/HOURS: 12-18 hours per week, varied schedule including weekdays, regular business hours, weekends, and holidays. 100 hour minimum commitment.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18+

Reports to

Floor Faculty Manager of Atrium Stage
Unpaid Internship

If we don't have an opportunity that matches your interests and talents, or if you have questions about our college internship program, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.