Marine Science Teen Internship Program

Group of Marine Science interns at the NHM Mobile Museum
Marine Science Teen Internship Program participants at NHM's Mobile Museum

In 2019 the Education Outreach team at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launched the Marine Science Teen Internship Program, thanks to the generosity of the Vera R. Campbell Foundation. 

Each year, the program recruits a cohort of ten teens from the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles. Eight first year interns are high school juniors and seniors from the Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Academy, Theodore Roosevelt High School, and Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. Two interns are from the previous cohort, returning to the program for a second year as Peer Mentors. All ten teens begin as interns in the Spring and become paid Museum employees over the summer, when they develop a marine science-related project.


Program goals for the interns include: 

  • Gain exposure to museum research, collections, interpretation, program development, and facilitation;
  • Acquire critical knowledge and skills that will enhance their academic achievement and broaden their future career options and work preparedness;
  • Gain a greater understanding of their strengths, interests, and potential career paths;
  • Be empowered to go back to their communities and share their knowledge using the critical thinking and communication skills they have gained.

Additional goals for Peer Mentors (2nd year interns) include:

  • Enhance understanding of Museum’s role in the community; 
  • Acquire leadership skills by taking on responsibilities such as advising and collaborating with first-year interns.

The 2023 Marine Teens

Check back soon to learn about the 2023 Marine Teens!

Application Information

The 2023 application has closed. Application information for the next cohort will be available in February 2024.

Who can apply?

Juniors and seniors at the Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Academy, Theodore Roosevelt High School, and Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

A work permit and proof of authorization to work in the U.S. are required.

Why should I join?

  • Develop and practice skills such as public speaking and teaching, science communication, interactive program development, teamwork and collaboration.
  • Explore a variety of careers and make valuable connections with Museum professionals and community members.
  • Become a paid Museum employee during the summer portion of the internship.  

 When does the internship take place?

  • Select Saturdays in April and May for unpaid training and professional development. Saturday sessions will be 3.5 hours with a lunch break. Sessions will be both virtual and in-person.
  • 24 paid hours per week from June to July.

Where does the internship take place?

  • The internship will be conducted at the Museum and various locations throughout L.A. County.

How can I apply?

You can apply online once the application opens in February, 2024. The application form will be found on this page.

The 2022 Cohort

2022 Marine Teen Internship Group Photo on Dock
From left to right: Marisol Garcia (Mobile Museums Manager), Amanda Fawcett (Internship Coordinator), Philip Caltabiano (Mobile Museums Supervisor), Brisa Pichardo, Christopher Abarca, Nicole Duran (Senior Manager, Education Outreach), Jacob Rios, Felipe Rebolledo, Jacob Masuda, Angeles Rios (Peer Mentor), David Garcia, Renee Penunuri, Michael Hernandez, Dan Celis (Peer Mentor)

The 2022 Teen Interns were responsible for developing a marine science education program related to the exhibition L.A. Underwater and facilitating the experience to Museum Visitors.

Teen Interns share their interpretive programs with Museum guests.
Teen Interns share their interpretive programs with Museum guests.

During the last week of the program, the interns traveled to USC’s Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, where they kayaked, snorkeled, built connections to their interpretive work, and expanded their understanding of the Channel Islands as a unique part of Southern California’s oceanic ecosystem.

marine teen interns on a hike

What will the 2023 Cohort create and discover?

Job, Research & Internship Opportunities

For additional opportunities in marine biology, ecology, conservation, and informal education, check out this resource.*

*Please note that information regarding opportunities at other non-profit organizations is provided as a courtesy resource, not as an endorsement of any listed program.