Paid Summer Internships - Overview

General information
Internship Sites
Intern Job Duties
Application Process
Application Dates & Deadlines








Is science teaching for you?
Explore science teaching and work with kids in a summer internship sites have included:

  • Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis
  • Science City in Kansas City
  • The Discovery Center, Kansas City
  • Office of Science Outreach, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Missouri Department of Conservation:
    • Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center (Kirkwood, MO)
    • Springfield Conservation Nature Center (Springfield, MO)
    • Runge Conservation Nature Center (Jefferson City, MO)
    • Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (Cape Girardeau, MO)
    • Burr Oaks Woods Conservation Nature Center (Blue Springs, MO)

Looking for a summer job?
Interns will work 8-10 (40-hour) weeks and be paid $10/hour. A total of 10 internships are available for each of the summers of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Need help making a career decision?
Interns will be enrolled in a 1-credit online course to explore science teaching as a career. An in-state tuition waiver will apply for this course.


General Information

The summer internships are available to MU freshmen and sophomore science majors who are considering a career in high school science teaching. The purpose of the internships is to provide opportunities for students to explore careers in science teaching and to gain experience teaching science to the general public.

Ten internships are available in each of the summers of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The internships are paid, 8-10 week positions. For 2013, the internships will last from end of May through end of July. Scheduled hours will vary depending on the internship site. Please note that weekend hours will be necessary in most, and possibly all, locations. Final work schedules will be determined by the internship sites.

Interns must be able to provide their own housing and transportation to/from the internship sites.

Interns will be enrolled concurrently in a one-credit online course, Field Experience in Informal Science Settings. An instate tuition waver will apply for the course (interns are responsible for applicable University fees). As part of the course, students will be assigned weekly reading assignments and will submit electronic journal reflections. The final project is a paper reflecting on the intern experience and career choices. The course will replace one of the field experiences required by the science teacher education program.

All interns will be subject to the applicable rules and regulations of the organization for which they will be working.


Internship Sites

Past Internship locations:
Missouri Department of Conservation:
    o Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center (Kirkwood, MO)
    o Springfield Conservation Nature Center (Springfield, MO)
    o Runge Conservation Nature Center (Jefferson City, MO)
    o Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (Cape Girardeau, MO)
    o Burr Oaks Woods Conservation Nature Center (Blue Springs, MO)
Science City at Union Station, Kansas City, MO
Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO
Office of Science Outreach, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Intern Job Duties

Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Centers
Interns at the Missouri Department of Conservation nature centers will be introduced to Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources and will learn how to connect the public to those resources. Interns will help with personal and non-personal interpretation/education including program development and presentation. Participants will learn how to incorporate interpretive techniques and principles into teaching conservation programs to a wide range of audiences.

2010 intern's job descriptions: Marie Inglish; Randall Bonnell; Tim Schuessler; Zakkary Huddleston
2011 intern's job descriptions: Mariah Jones

Science City Kansas City
Interns at Science City will deliver science content through hands-on science demonstrations and activities, as well as in-depth 1- to 2-hour experiential Discovery Areas in the subjects of Space, Engineering, Chemistry, and Paleontology.  Interns will also staff the science center facility, evaluate and enrich the visitor experience at the science center, and help design interactive science exhibits to design. Other areas of involvement are to create science program content aligned with Missouri and Kansas state education standards and to possibly fill positions in the Science City Summer Camp program.

2010 intern's job descriptions: Jerome Link
2011 intern's job descriptions: Skyler Schlick

Saint Louis Science Center
Intern candidates might assist with the following programs:

2010 intern's job descriptions: Adrianna Saladrigas; Annie Bastida; Danielle Roden; Joel Saeger

Office of Science Outreach, University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Internships will involve learning the continuum of Science outreach programs: development, implementation, and evaluation of programs. Opportunities to participate in the following programs will be part of the internship: 5E model workshops for teachers, summer camps for kids, 4-H youth development, and Missouri State Fair hands-on science. Curriculum development experience will also be available for students interested in developing science resources for Missouri K-12 students.

2010 intern's job descriptions: Rosalyn Reese


To participate in the program, a student must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

1.  MU freshman or sophomore majoring in a science field and interested in exploring high school science teaching as a career.

2. Minimum 2.75 GPA (high school GPA for freshmen, college GPA for sophomores).

3. United States citizen, national, or permanent alien resident.

4. Able to provide the housing and transportation necessary to complete the internship.

5. Able to work 40 hours per week for a 8-10 week period. Final work schedules will be set by the internship sites and might vary depending upon their needs and hours of operation.

Individuals selected for internships will complete a 1-credit online course, Field Experience in Informal Science Settings. The course will run concurrently with the internship. In-state tuition will be waived for this course.

If selected for an internship, an applicant must pass a background check. The cost of the background check is the student’s responsibility and is $52.20 (subject to change). Checks are conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).

Application Process

Students interested in applying for a summer internship should complete and return an application packet. The application packet consists of the following items:

1. An Application for Summer Internship

2. A current resume that includes previous work experience

3. Two completed Reference Forms for Summer Internship. Reference writers should mail or fax reference forms directly to the University to the address listed on the form.

4.  A one page statement that addresses the following:

5. Transcripts (high school for freshmen; MU for sophomores). For information on how to obtain MU transcripts, please see

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

As part of the selection process, applicants will be interviewed.

See Application Dates & Deadlines for the application timeline.

Mail or fax applications to:

Marilyn Soucie
T2D2 Program Coordinator
303 Townsend Hall Columbia, MO 65211-2400
Fax: 573-884-2917
Please direct your questions or concerns about the application process to

Application Dates & Deadlines

Timeline 2012-2013:
December 1, 2012: Applications accepted for summer internships

February 8, 2013: Deadline to submit an application for the summer internships

February 11-24, 2013: Interviews

March 1, 2013: Notification of internship placements

March 15, 2013: Deadline to accept or decline internships

May 1, 2013: Deadline to complete background check and submit additional information required for the hiring process

May, 2013: Internships begin; Field Experience in Informal Science Setting course begins (online). Students must be registered to take this course. An in-state tuition waiver applies for this course. Any applicable University fees are the responsibility of the student.

July 26, 2013: Last day of internships

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