Youth Volunteer Experience

(age group: 12-18 years old)
COSI's Youth Volunteer Expereince is a unique opportunity for students. Volunteer help further COSI's mission by serving our guests and providing a unique STEM learning experience while developing new skills for their future.


"I never thought that I was good at communicating and putting myself out there. I never thought I could work as a team or that I even had leadership qualities in me. After volunteering at COSI and being a part of situations that applied these characteristics, I realized that I am capable of these things." -Anonymous youth volunteer

How to Apply:


Complete the Youth Volunteer Application Form.

The Youth Volunteer Application will be available in the spring of 2019.

Attend an Interview Session. During the Interview Session, applicants will be placed into small groups to complete their interview, a teamwork challenge, and a demonstration prepared by the applicant. (The demonstration should last between 3 - 5 minutes and can be a craft activity, science demonstration, or a presentation on a favorite sport or hobby. More information about the demonstration and requirements is include in the application.)

If accepted as a COSI Volunteer, you will need to attend a full day onboarding session designed to help prepare you for your role as a COSI Volunteer.

Available Positions:

Once volunteer is placed, positions are ongoing through the summer and the school year.
Time requirement is a minimum of two days each month, at least four hours each day.

Floor Team Volunteer

  • Teaching science
  • Performing shows
  • Assisting with workshops
  • Assisting with Science Days
Little Kidspace® Volunteer

  • Teaching young kids
  • Facilitating education and craft activities
  • Assisting LKS entrance desk
Guest Service Volunteer

  • Assisting visitors at the Guest Service desk
  • Ushering National Geographic Giant Screen Theater and Planetarium shows
  • Entrance greeting
  • Assisting with group arrival

Leadership and Skills Development:

The Shining Team Achievement Reward (STAR)

As volunteers develop their COSI knowledge and soft skills one level at a time, they are recognized for their achievement and awarded with new professional development opportunities. Each level has its own requirements. Levels are: White STAR, Green STAR, and Red STAR.

Leadership & Professional Development

Volunteers that have earned their Green STAR get the opportunity to participate in Leadership and Professional Development Workshops to help prepare them to enter the workforce. These workshops include such topics as Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Personal Finance, and Event Planning.

The Apprentice Position

Volunteers that have earned their Red STAR, and are at least 16 years old, are eligible to apply for this highly competitive paid positions. Apprentices help select and mentor the next generation of COSI youth volunteers.

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