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Volunteers

Volunteers and Interns

The Lab is now open, however, due to space limitations and our adjusted operations due to the pandemic, we are still unable to offer volunteer opportunities at this time. When available, opportunities will be shared through the volunteer portal. We appreciate your interest in supporting our mission to inspire a love of learning STEM by providing unique opportunities to explore, and create.

Our volunteers are the backbone of the Children’s Science Center. You don’t need a math or science background or any specific experience to help out; you just need a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of time. It is a great way to get involved and have fun! Our corps of volunteers has done everything from staff our community programs to write for the newsletter and much more. We welcome and appreciate any help and any amount of time you can offer. Every year, hundreds of people volunteer with us! We are fully committed to a diverse volunteer team.  Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We offer a variety of opportunities for children, teens, adults and groups depending on your interests and availability:

  • Occasional, short term or regular commitment

  • Behind the scenes or direct interaction with children

  • Advance instructions and/or training may be provided.

  • At home, at our office, or around the region at our events

  • For important questions, email volunteer@childsci.org.

  • Special thanks to all of our current volunteers! See pictures from the last Volunteer Celebration.

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Adult Opportunities

  • 18 Years and Older

  • May require a completed background check

Opportunities Include:

Lab Volunteer

Engage guests and provide support to education staff during daily operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall.

Community Events

Interact directly with children to teach them about basic scientific concepts and assist with hands-on activities when the Children’s Science Center takes their hands-on STEM activities on the road.

Special Events in the Lab

Get your science fix by volunteering at these presentations, workshops, or other programs at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall, where having your support is greatly needed and appreciated.

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Youth Opportunities

  • Anyone between 16 and 17 years old

  • No background check needed. Parent/Guardian permission required.

Opportunities Include:

Lab Volunteer

Engage guests and provide support to education staff during daily operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall.

Community Events

Interact directly with children to teach them about basic scientific concepts and assist with hands-on activities when the Children’s Science Center takes their hands-on STEM activities on the road.

Special Events in the Lab

Get your science fix by volunteering at these presentations, workshops, or other programs at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall, where having your support is greatly needed and appreciated.

Internship Opportunities

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship
Summer 2022

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship is available to rising high school seniors and rising first year college/university students who are 17+ and interested in learning more about exploring cyber security as a possible career option. Applications are now closed, check back at a later date for more information.

Application Closed

STEM Summer Camp Internship
Summer 2022

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 now closed, check back at a later date for more information.

Application Closed

STEM Youth Development Internship
Fall 2022

The STEM Youth Development 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). Applications are due by 5:00 pm on August 1, 2022.

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Youth Advisory Board Application Open

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.  The board meets once a month and all members serve a two-year term.  In addition to the projects developed for the Children's Science Center, the members volunteer at community events and at the LAB at Fair Oaks Mall.  Rising freshmen through rising junior high school students are eligible to apply.

Students interested in applying to become a member of the Youth Advisory Board for the two-year term starting August 2022 should complete the application and upload their resume using the Google form.  Applications are now closed, check back at a later date for more information.

Application Closed

Family Team Opportunities

  • Teams made up of youth aged 13-15; plus an active, registered adult (18 years or older)

  • Some opportunities will require the adult to complete a background check..

Opportunities Include:

Lab Volunteer Teams

Engage guests and provide support to education staff during daily operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall.

Special Events in the Lab

Get your science fix by volunteering at these presentations, workshops, or other programs at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall, where having your support is greatly needed and appreciated.

Sign Up To Volunteer

Corporate Volunteers

The Children’s Science Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Corporate Volunteer Program is for corporate and business groups who wish to contribute to the community through volunteer service for the Children’s Science Center. Volunteers are a vital resource in our efforts to deliver our mission of STEM-learning to thousands of families each year. While we welcome volunteers with specific skills, volunteers do not need a math or science background or even any specific experience! They just need a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of time. Contact the Volunteer Team to learn about the many opportunities available to you and your colleagues at volunteer@childsci.org.