Paid Education Intern, Teen Programs

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00pm


Chicago, IL
United States

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The Nature Museum is seeking Education Interns to assist with the “Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science” (TEENS) summer program. TEENS is seven week program engaging a group of thirty Chicago public high school students in teen-driven investigations of urban ecosystems and the relationships between humans and nature. 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, 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 project in urban ecology. This is an 8 week internship that includes 1 week of training; collaborative planning and preparation prior start of the 7 week TEENS summer program.  


  • Be available to work June 20 – August 12, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 2:00pm.
  • 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 15 youth during lab and field-based science investigations at the Nature Museum and off-site.
  • 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 required.
  • Eager to work with teenagers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience teaching science in formal and/or informal education settings to high-school or middle-school students preferred.
  • Interest in facilitating educational activities both indoors and outdoors in a full range of weather conditions
  • Experience with field mapping, GPS, GIS, and other digital tools a plus.
  • Experience with Google Drive, and web­making tools and technologies (including HTML and CSS), or a willingness to learn
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum.
  • Available to work hours and dates described above.


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. 

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Compensation Information:

$1,250 paid internship