Marine Science Teen Internship

Group of Marine Science interns at the NHM Mobile Museum

In 2019 the Education 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. 

The program recruits ten 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,  who begin as unpaid interns in the spring semester and then become paid museum employees over the summer.

Interns are responsible for developing a marine science education program and facilitating the experience to visitors of the upcoming L.A. Underwater exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).

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:

  1. Enhance understanding Museum’s role in the community and take lead in the development and facilitation of a community museum education program/s  
  2. Acquire leadership skills by taking on responsibilities such as advising and collaborating with first-year intern peers

2022 Cohort Application Information

Join the 2022 Marine Science Teen Internship at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County!

Who can apply?

Juniors and seniors at the Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Academy, Theodore Roosevelt High School,  Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights, California, and college students who have previously completed the internship program.

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.
  • Earn $17/hr as a marine science educator during the June/July 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 virtually and in-person (Museum and various locations throughout LA County).

An "Equipment Needs Assessment" will be conducted at the start of the internship to ensure that interns are equipped with the necessary devices and technology to participate in the program.

Internship Dates

  • Orientation: April 16, 2022
  • Unpaid Internship Dates: April and May
  • Paid Internship Dates: June 21 - July 29, 2022

Dates may change.

How can I apply?

  • Application Period:  February 24 - March 13, 2022
  • Application: Submit a personal statement to Amanda Fawcett, Teen Internship Coordinator, at afawcett@nhm.org. Your personal statement should have a maximum of 500 words and address the following questions/prompt: Why are you interested in this internship? What do you hope to gain from this experience? Share any personal experiences and qualities that will contribute to this program.
  • Application Due Date: Submit your personal statement by Sunday, March 13, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Please include your full name, grade level, school name, phone number, and personal email address with your application.
  • Please indicate if you will be able to provide a work permit and proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their initial application by March 16, 2022. Competitive applicants will be invited to a second-round virtual interview the following weeks. Official offers will be made by April 4, 2022.