The Lawrence Hall of Science Teen Internship program is for students entering 9th grade and above. The program provides firsthand work experience, hands-on training, and problem-solving opportunities. The primary focus of our program is to teach teens to communicate science to our visitors. Teens will do this by working with visitors in exhibits, labs, and classrooms.
- Open to youth ages 14–18 who are entering 9th grade or above.
- Have first volunteered for at least 40 hours (one, 4-hour shift per week over the summer). See our teen volunteer page for information on how to become a teen volunteer.
- Be able to show interest in topics related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and/or interest in teaching and learning in a science center.
Interviews for teen internship positions are conducted each fall. Teens who wish to volunteer over the summer (in order to be considered for an internship starting in the fall) can apply for a volunteer position, or may email the Teen Volunteer & Intern office, or call us at 510-642-7723.
About the Internships:
- Internships run year-round (August to August).
- Teens select one of three areas of the Hall to perform their internship:
- The Animal Discovery Room, or
- The Ingenuity Lab, or
- The Tech Hive Studio
Teens who intern for more than one year are encouraged to try different areas to learn different sets of knowledge, skills, tools, and responsibilities.
Animal Discovery Room
Learn animal husbandry in our Animal Discovery Room, where you will introduce our visitors to the world of biology. Working with UC Berkeley students, teens will learn how to care for and handle the many animals we have. They will also learn how to talk with our visitors about the animals.
Help visitors invent solutions to engineering challenges in the Ingenuity Lab, or help facilitate guided science activities with attendees at community fairs and other events. Every month the Lab mounts a different challenge, so our visitors need to create solutions to solve the challenge. Teens will help visitors with the challenges, as well as help the Ingenuity Team create them.
Tech Hive Studio
Learn by designing technology-based exhibits and demonstrations, using a range of digital media, hardware, software, and fabrication tools. Teens design and facilitate projects for peers, the visiting public, public events, and classes both at the Hall and in the community.
As a group, interns participate in monthly meetings to absorb hands-on training, including learning effective ways to communicate and work with public audiences. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. Teens are required to work at least one 3-hour shift each month and will receive a stipend at the end of each semester. On request, students in International Baccalaureate (IB) high school programs are also eligible to receive service hours.