Semester and summer part-time positions are available either as a work-study job (current starting rate of $10.15/hr), an internship paid by stipend, or for course credit. Some positions also are available as unpaid internships. Check with the listed supervisor for which options apply to a particular position and the commitment of hours per week. Internships for course credit must be approved by the student’s school or department. Other benefits:

  • A WonderLab membership at the Dual Level for the student “+ guest” that provides free admission to WonderLab and reciprocal free admission to more than 350 science centers worldwide for a year
  • A 20% discount in the museum gift store
  • Substantive work that can build your portfolio in your field
  • Free food, often homemade, in the break room
  • A “home away from home” friendly atmosphere off campus in Bloomington
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Send a separate email to the supervisor specifying whether you’re applying for an academic year or summer internship.

Animal Care 

Six positions each term supervised by Sam Couch.  Join the Animal Care Team and get hands-on experience in the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits such as habitat maintenance, direct animal care and observation, as well as exhibit improvement and creation. Interns also interact with museum guests doing live animal demonstrations. Applicants should have interest in biology and animals – particularly reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish – as well as children and hands-on science. This position is available to applicants with work-study funding, as an unpaid internship or for college credit with the Indiana University Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB). Typical commitment is seven hours per week with occasional evenings.

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Development and Membership 

One position, supervised by Esther Smail. Position available with work-study funding or stipend or for course credit. Support and help maintain WonderLab’s membership program. Responsibilities include processing mailings, updating membership database and files, and conducting projects as assigned. Applicant should have the ability to learn new skills and be detail oriented. Applicant who can commit to fall and spring semesters are preferred. Must be available 5 to 8 hours per week. Write to supervisor for full position description.  Esther@wonderlab.org

Education 

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Secondary and Adult Education Specialist.  Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 7-10 hours per week, occasional weekend events

Job Description: The WonderLab Adult Education Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in science presentation as well as training in formal and informal science education. The intern will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. The intern will assist with the development and implementation of adult education programming at the museum. This position will assist established programs, such as our After Dark 21+ events, as well as assisting with the creation of new programs for adults.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields with a background in public speaking/presentations are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist at museumeducator@wonderlab.org

One to two positions available. Supervised by the Education Director. Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 5 – 8 hours per week.

Job Description: WonderLab seeks passionate and skilled early childhood education (ECE) interns. The primary role of this intern is to assist with planning, facilitating, and evaluating the museum’s early childhood education (ECE) programs. Our primary ECE programs are: Science Sprouts – a science enrichment program for children under 3 and Discovery Time – a science enrichment program for children 3 to 6. Science Sprouts is every Thursday from 9:15 to 9:45 and 10 to 10:30, and Discovery Time is every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30. In order to be considered for this position, ECE intern must be available to work from 9:15am to 11am on Thursdays and/or Wednesdays.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in early childhood education and informal science education. Juniors, seniors, or MA students studying early childhood education, child development, or library science are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email Education Director Emmy Brockman at emmy@wonderlab.org

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist. Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 7-10 hours per week, and must have some Sunday availability.

Job Description: The WonderLab Science Education Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in museum work as well as training in formal and informal science education. Interns will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. Interns will help to enhance visitor experience and educational opportunities by assisting with the coordination of workshops and presentations, staffing weekly activities, and aiding the education team with program preparations. In addition, all interns will work on a project throughout their internship that allows them to create a small program or exhibit at the museum on a topic that they are interested and knowledgeable in.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist at museumeducator@wonderlab.org

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Outreach and Elementary Education Specialist. Position available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week dependent on the scheduled off-site programs and museum events.

Job Description: The WonderLab Science Outreach Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in science presentation as well as training in formal and informal science education. The intern will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. The intern will assist with preparing, organizing, and presenting interactive science shows and hands-on activity stations at off-site programs during the Summer of 2019.  The incumbent will also help to enhance visitor experience and educational opportunities at the museum by assisting with workshops, presentations, staffing weekly activities, and program preparations as time allows. In addition, the intern may elect to take on an independent project during their internship to create a science show or set of activities on a topic that is of interest to them.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields with a background in public speaking/presentations are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Outreach and Elementary Education Specialist at educationoutreach@wonderlab.org

Multiple positions available, supervised by the Secondary and Adult Education Specialist.Positions available with work-study funding, course credit, or unpaid.

Time Commitment: 7-10 hours per week, occasional weekend events

Job Description: The WonderLab Technology Assistant Internship is designed to provide hands on experience in science presentation as well as training in formal and informal science education. The intern will receive regular trainings by expert museum staff, and will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned. The intern will assist with the development of technology and computer science related programming at the museum. This position will assist with improving computer science related exhibits in the gallery, as well as the development of programming classes and workshops offered at various levels. The student will need experience in computer science/programming.

Interns will receive a free museum membership (with reciprocal membership at hundreds of other museums), a 20% discount at the store, and valuable job experience and mentorship in informal science education. Students in education or STEM fields with a background in public speaking/presentations are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please email the Adult and Secondary Education Specialist at museumeducator@wonderlab.org

Gallery Operations 

3-4 positions available per term. 1 Events Co-Coordinator position available. Supervised by Sarah Ericson.
5-10 hours per week.
Positions available for work-study funding, course credit, and experience.

WonderLab is seeking interns excited to lead birthday parties, facilitate events and evening rentals, and create positive customer experiences. Events Interns will be responsible for hosting birthday parties, leading educational science demonstrations and activities, set up, post-party clean up, greeting and assisting guests, and developing new party themes and/or activities. Evening events include: After Dark, Night at the Museum, Study Break, and private after-hours museum rentals. Applicants should enjoy interacting with the public, are self-motivated, have a passion for learning, and have weekend availability. Intern must work at least two birthday parties and one evening event per month. A background in science is not required.

Multiple positions for each term, supervised by Sarah Ericson, Assistant Museum Experience Director. Position available with work-study funding or for course credit. Get broad experience working in a museum in the areas of Gallery Operations (including WonderGarden), Programs, and Volunteers. Applicant should enjoy interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, be proficient using basic computer software, and have experience in at least one of these areas: gardening, interpretation, natural science or education. Must be available 8-12 hours per week. Write to supervisor for full position description, sarah_ericson@wonderlab.org