Pacific Science Center

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Internship Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

To apply, email cover letter and resume to with the appropriate intern position title in the subject line.

Lake Washington Watershed Internship (Grades 10-11)
The Lake Washington Watershed Internship is a year-long program that assists high school students in becoming informed stewards of their local community through mentoring, hands-on learning, habitat restoration and stream monitoring. High school students gain a greater understanding of the world around them while developing teaching and presentation skills, mentoring elementary-aged students about their local environment, gaining critical scientific skills and obtaining job experience. As an intern, youth have the opportunity to explore their local environment through outdoor experiences such as hiking and canoeing. They also become leaders of long-term natural history, environmental science research and community outreach projects. Interns can participate in the program for up to three years and may be eligible to earn skill badges and college credit through the internship program. We have internship spots still open for youth who currently live or go to school in the North Shore School District. For more information visit our Programs for Teens page. Apply online by September 20. For questions, call (425) 450-0207 or email

Polliwog Preschool Intern (18+, unpaid)
Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Polliwog Preschool is a Mercer Slough program for preschoolers (3-5 years old). At Polliwog Preschool we focus on developing the whole child–socially, emotionally, mentally and physically–while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program is play-based and student-driven with specific activities that relate to natural and emergent topics, and plenty of time for nature exploration. Activities are designed to address each child’s developmental needs while encouraging curiosity, fostering love of nature, and developing the whole child. You can learn more about the program here. With our low teacher to child ratio and ample outdoor exploration time, this position is ideal for student interns who seek opportunities to plan lessons, participate in documentation and assessment, and refine behavior management skills. Our preschool operates from mid-September through early June. We have three cohorts: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-12, Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12, and Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4. Each cohort has 12 children and two lead teachers. We follow the Bellevue School District school break schedule. This internship begins in September 2017 and requires a commitment of a minimum of 3 months, 8 – 20 hours per week.

Human Resources Intern (18+, unpaid)
Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a Human Resources career. Pacific Science Center employs over 400 full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff. Typically we post over 100 positions a year. Fall is a transition time and involves staff planning, recruitment, and onboarding for the upcoming busy winter season. The Human Resources Intern will play an integral role in staff recruitment, candidate sourcing, interview facilitation, training support, employer branding projects, payroll and benefits, and more! At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable HR recruitment, onboarding and administration skills. This internship runs September – mid-December 2017 and requires a commitment of 15-20 hours a week (may involve some evening and weekend hours).

Tinker Tank Maker in Residence (unpaid, 16+)
The Maker in Residence volunteer position at Pacific Science Center’s Tinker Tank is a unique, open-ended role for people with a wide variety of interests including engineering, hardware development, education, and the “Maker Movement”. Akin to an Artist in Residency program, the Maker in Residence position provides space and materials to support individuals looking to develop, expand, and share their skills in science, technology, engineering, design, and tinkering. It is also intended to demonstrate to visitors and volunteers vast possibilities within engineering and the Maker Movement and inspire folks to participate. The Maker in Residence builds, demonstrates, and engages visitors in small-scale prototyping, designing, fabricating, and all forms of making and tinkering. Ideal candidates are able to select, create, and discuss new or existing projects with the public, are very comfortable facilitating exploration with people of all ages and backgrounds, and are flexible with frequent adjustments in setting and surroundings as Tinker Tank is a very dynamic physical space. We are looking for someone who can become a recurring and expected presence in our space, and will therefore give preference to someone who can commit to volunteering a four-hour shift every week for the duration of the position, January – March 2018 (extension possible).

Development Intern (18+, unpaid)
Much of the funding for Science Center activities come from grants, sponsorships and personal gifts stewarded by our talented Development team. The Development Intern will support the efforts of the Individual Giving team to grow and sustain a donor-centered fundraising program. The intern will receive direction from the Director of Individual Giving. The Intern will support donor event logistics, collateral, and on-site customer service; assist donors by directing phone and email inquiries; prepare donor profiles in advance of upcoming events, visits, and strategy meetings; research Workplace Giving, Sustaining Giving, Young Professional, and Planned Giving Programs to support strategy and planning for future campaigns; and work collaboratively with the Development team and other Science Center staff to perform other duties as assigned. The Internship is 3 months long with a possible extension up to 6 months. Schedule is flexible and to be determined with Development staff.