Forums Summer Internship

Museum Of Science Internships Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago

Forums Internship

Museum of Science, Boston


The Forum Program at the Museum of Science engages citizens, scientists, and stakeholders in conversations about emerging issues in science and technology. These forums produce deliberative experiences for adults and teens around a diverse array of scientific topics, and seek to provide policymakers and other stakeholders with informed public comment on social questions. Methodologies such as deliberative polling, focus groups, community-based data gathering, and public presentations are also employed in an effort to engage broader and more diverse publics in these conversations.


The Forums intern will be a versatile team player who wants to be exposed to the research, implementation and marketing of forum programming. Duties will include content development, recruitment of speakers, partners, and participants, and marketing and outreach. During the fall, topical focus will be around two main areas:

  • Helping to design and implement community deliberations and associated citizen science activities on climate resilience topics that will happen in the fall at the Museum of Science and at up to seven other locations around the US later in the year, as well as a number of outreach and dissemination activities to be done at the Museum of Science and elsewhere. This will involve working with colleagues from science centers and universities as well as with organizations from around the country a truly unique opportunity for the Forums Intern!

  • Help with preparations and planning for other upcoming programs and activities, including forums on other topics, citizen science activities around a number of regionally relevant subjects

  • Helping to organize and catalog existing and previous materials from Forum programs.


  • Research potential forum topics and audiences, including a locally focused resilience planning question to be determined in collaboration with fellow Forum staff and local resilience planners and community partners.

  • Research and help to implement participatory science activities around topics including urban heat islands, extreme precipitation impacts, sea level rise, and drought

  • Research targeted audiences for programs and collect contact information

  • Assist in the creation of marketing and promotional materials and strategies

  • Conduct audience outreach research, coordinate mailings and flyer distribution

  • Helping with pre-registration, communication, and check-in

  • Assist in logistics planning and communications with speakers and partners

  • Assist in participant and facilitator recruitment

  • Play a vital, hands-on role and liaise with the public during our programs

  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate

  • Additional work with other departments as to be determined


  • Organizational abilities, writing and oral communication skills, and computer/internet literacy are essential

  • Familiarity with publicity, marketing communications, and promotional strategies a plus

  • Highly organized, detail oriented and responsible self-starter.

  • Must be able to take initiative and be a problem solver.

  • Ability to work well as a team member


Summer 2019 (May-August)

10-21 hours per week (negotiable). Occasional weekend or evening program attendance may be required.

REPORTS TO: Manager, Forums and National Collaborations


$12.00/hour for undergraduate interns and $12.25/hour for interns with degrees.


Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and caf and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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