Education Internship, Teen Programs (paid)

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Friday, June 3, 2022, 11:30pm


Chicago, IL
United States

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Position: Education Intern, Teen Programs (Summer)
Duration: June 27 – August 12, 2022
Department: Education

Who we are: For more than 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science. Today, the Nature Museum distinguishes itself by providing more hands-on science instruction than any other museum in Chicago, and by the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close in exhibits such as its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. The Nature Museum also focuses on research, conservation and education about nature in the Midwest through participatory exhibits and programs, educational outreach, and ongoing scientific activity. 

Background:  The Nature Museum is seeking two Education Interns, for a 7-week position, assisting with the “Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science” (TEENS) summer program. TEENS is a six-week program engaging Chicago public high school students in teen-driven investigations of urban ecosystems and the relationships between humans and nature. Teen participants collect environmental data, study nature in city parks and neighborhoods, and develop and conduct locally-focused research projects using low-cost and DIY environmental sampling methods. Students use free and open source smartphone apps for mobile data collection, and create web-based maps and other visualizations for media-rich project websites (see In conjunction with the two TEENS Program Educators, the Education Interns will assist with the development and implementation of field- and lab-based experiences for TEENS participants and mentor youth as they develop field-based research projects in urban ecology. This is a 7-week paid internship that includes 1 week of training, collaborative planning, and preparation prior to the start of the 6-week TEENS summer program. Once the TEENS summer program begins, program implementation will be Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm and collaborative planning with program staff will be on Mondays 9:30am-3:30pm. All planning and implementation occurs in-person at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

Objective: The goal of this internship is to gain experience implementing informal science education in an outdoor setting and mentoring high-school aged youth from diverse backgrounds. 

Final Product: One final product will be a project webpage where youth participants will display project data and findings through photographs, blog posts, and youth-created maps. Interns will play a crucial role in development of the project webpage by mentoring youth throughout the summer as they design research projects, collect and analyze data, and produce digital maps and other visualizations. Additionally, interns will complete regular reflections on both their contributions to the success of the TEENS program and their personal and professional growth across the summer.  

Time Commitment:  

  • June 27-August 12, 2022 (off Monday, July 4, 2022)
  • Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm


  • Assist with the implementation of a teen-driven, inquiry-based curriculum emphasizing environmental science and ecological concepts, mobile data collection, digital mapping, data visualizations and analysis.
  • Assist instructors leading groups of teens during lab and field-based science investigations on the Nature Museum grounds and surrounding parkland.
  • Guide youth in developing and carrying out field investigations focused on urban ecology.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Museum staff to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for the participants.
  • Exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills and professional behavior to support a positive and successful workplace environment.
  • Assist with other program activities as necessary.


  • Interest in nature and science
  • Eager to work with teenagers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience mentoring or teaching science in formal or informal education settings to high-school or middle-school students is preferred.
  • Interest in facilitating educational activities outdoors in a full range of weather conditions.
  • Post sophomore year of college or equivalent work experience desired
  • Desired majors: Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Education, Science Education, or related field.
  • Experience with field mapping, GPS, GIS, and other digital tools a plus. 
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum.
  • Available to during the hours and dates described above. 

Compensation: Stipend ($3,150)

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How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to: Please include “Education Intern, Teen Programs” in the subject line.

No phone calls please.  Qualified candidates will be contacted. 

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.