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Internship Opportunities

The Youth Development Initiative strives to develop and implement successful
internships opportunities that provide students with the skills and experiences needed
to obtain and maintain employment. These internships utilize a combination of formal
instruction, mentoring, hands-on STEM experience, project based learning, and
continuous feedback. It is the Science Center’s vision to continue growing this program
into a gateway experience to internships and potential employment with local
companies with a focus on underrepresented populations. The Science Center’s Youth Development Initiative includes an extensive variety of internships and leadership programs for high school and college-aged youth. Since 2015, the Science Center has engaged over 300 interns through youth development programs in the community and at the Lab. For important questions, email

The Science Center operates internship and leadership programs throughout the year:

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Children's Science Center Lab Internship

Fall 2024
The Children's Science Center Lab Internship is available to high school students ages 16+ who have a passion for STEM learning. They will be able to develop and practice professional skills at the Children's Science Center Lab while engaging in various hands-on activities. Candidates must be underrepresented in STEM (see application for more details).

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Youth Advisory Board

2024- 2026
The Children’s Science Center Lab’s Youth Advisory Board is made up of Northern Virginia high school students who volunteer, collaborate, and create programs that contribute to the Children's Science Center's goal of inspiring a love of STEM.  All members serve a two-year term.  Each member contributes approximately 6 to 10 hours per month attending Board and team meetings, developing projects for the Children's Science Center, volunteering at the Lab on weekends and during school breaks, and participating in community events. Rising freshmen through rising junior high school students are eligible to apply. Applications are due Friday, April 26, 2024 by 5 pm.

The application is closed.

Communications Internship

Rolling Application
The Communications Internship whole-heartedly embraces the mission and vision of the Science Center and works to promote the organization, support our members and customers, and improve communication to our broad audience. The Communications Intern will be focused on creating communications and assist with events for members and customers as well as implementing a variety of customer communications strategies for the Children’s Science Center Lab.

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STEM Summer Camp Internship

Summer 2024
The STEM Camp Internship is available to students ages 16+ who have an interest in STEM education. They will work closely with elementary aged students conducting hands-on STEM activities. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop their own STEM programming for camp students. Applications are due Friday, March 1, 2024 by
5 pm.

This application is now closed

STEM Chicas Internship

Fall 2024
STEM Chicas showcases STEM learning in Latinas through the incorporation of hands-on activities, multi-media tools, and exposure to accomplished Latina STEM mentors. Over the course of nine weeks, thirty participants in grades 3-6 from a Northern Virginia elementary school will convene to investigate STEM topics ranging from recycling to animal habitats to forensic science. STEM Chicas Interns will work alongside lab staff interacting with  participants, facilitating experiments, and leading groups and individuals through explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics concepts.

The application is closed.

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship

Summer 2024
The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CC) Internship was created to expand the cybersecurity talent pipeline by reaching high school students who are 17+ and interested in exploring cyber security as a possible career option. The internship includes professional skills training and placement with Northern Virginia cyber-related organizations to prepare them to enter the cyber workforce of the future. The internship includes a program stipend at the successful completion of the 7-week program and is open to rising high school seniors and rising first-year college/university students.

This application is now closed

Animal Husbandry Internship

Rolling Application
The Animal Husbandry Internship will provide a well-rounded experience for individuals actively pursuing a career in animal care and education. The internship will cover topics including best practices in animal welfare, zoonotic diseases, training, AZA/SSP information, USDA requirements, recording keeping, etc. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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