In partnership with local schools and community-based organizations, the California Science Center has developed science-enrichment and workforce preparedness programs for teens.
Goals of these paid intern programs include:
- Fostering self-esteem
- Making science learning relevant to the interns’ lives
- Using informal science education as a vehicle to build skills for academic achievement in all disciplines
- Preparing students for the workforce and college by focusing on communication and leadership skills
- Stimulating lifelong learning
Community Teen Intern Program
Interns in grades 10 through 12 work alongside California Science Center staff to inspire science learning in everyone. Their work may entail working with California Science Center guests, community partners, and other groups of learners. Primary responsibility is to deliver and engage in science activities. Other responsibilities may include supervising children, public speaking, and mentoring other students. All teen interns will learn job-related skills as well as life skills.
- School Year Program: Must be a currently enrolled high school student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade with a minimum 2.0 GPA
- Summer Program: Must be a currently enrolled high school student in 10th or 11th grade with a minimum 2.0 GPA
- Returning applicants (interns) who were previously employed by the California Science Center Foundation are given preference
- Applicants who reside within a one (1) mile radius of the California Science Center are given preference; applicants beyond this radius will be reviewed depending on the amount of applications received
- Ability to follow directions and be a team player
- Positive, enthusiastic attitude and strong work ethic
- Eagerness to learn, help others learn, and willing to contribute creative ideas