Internships

The Franklin Institute Internship Program allows students to fulfill school-sponsored internships through volunteering. Internships are for credit or non-credit as determined by you and your school. Goals of the internships are matched to the needs of the Institute.

Interns work in almost every area of the Institute, working alongside staff and completing projects independently. Please see below for internship opportunities. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2020 semester. If you are interested in an internship, please complete the application and email, along with a current resume, to volprog@fi.edu.

  • Who can be an intern at The Franklin Institute?

    • College students who need to fulfill internship requirements for credit
    • College students who want to gain experience in their field of study


    Are there any specific requirements?
    Yes. Depending on the department the internship is with, there are varying requirements including number of hours, specific skills, and educational qualifications such as having completed a certain number of years or credits.

    Interns must be willing to complete all required background checks. Those who will have direct contact with children as part of their position must meet all background clearance requirements before they begin. The Franklin Institute covers all related fees. Learn more about background checks

    Are interns paid?
    No. Interns at The Franklin Institute are not paid but do gain the experience of working for a prestigious institution.

    When can I do an internship?
    Most internships are available throughout the year. Depending on the department, the hours and days of availability may vary.

    What are the benefits of being an intern at The Franklin Institute?
    Interns receive free admission to the Institute, access to shows and admission passes, library borrowing privileges, discounts in the restaurant and shops, invitations to special events, and, when working, free parking or transportation reimbursement.

    How do I apply?
    Please submit a completed Internship Application along with your resume and a cover letter. You may choose from one of the following options:

    • Email your application to volprog@fi.edu
    • Mail your application to the address listed on the application
    • Fax your application to 215.448.1314
  • Department: 

    Finance

    Position Summary:
    Our goal is to teach our interns accounting from the ground up. There will be two separate halves of the internship. One part will be servicing the revenue side of the department.  In part, the applicant will create invoices, prepare purchase orders, and check expense reports for receipts and completeness.  The other part will be for accounts payable.  The applicant will process checks and verify invoices from catering and complete coding of the invoices.  Both halves of the process will include filing, copying and clerical duties as needed.

    Education Requirements:
    Must be enrolled in a College/University pursuing a degree in finance or accounting.

    Special Skills Required:
    Must be detail-oriented, have good organizational skills, and possess the ability to communicate and work well with others.

    Schedule Requirements:
    6-8 hours per week, any week day.

    Position Reports To:
    Senior Accountant

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

  • Department:

    Graphic Design 

    Position Summary:

    The Franklin Institute is seeking an energetic and self-motivated individual to assist the in-house Graphic Design team for a part-time internship. Under the creative direction of the Graphic Design Manager, the intern will work on a wide range of graphic design projects, ranging from digital social media ads to printed marketing materials. They will gain valuable experience working with a small in-house design team that creates materials for many of the departments at The Franklin Institute. 

    The intern should adhere to our brand guidelines and complete projects according to deadlines and may have any of the following responsibilities/projects: 

    • design/resize/modify ads, flyers, brochures for print or digital formats 
    • social media animations + type treatment/image design 
    • uploading, retouching, tagging & organizing photo and asset library 
    • assist the creative team with research and design trends 
    • concept creation for design projects 


    Please note the Graphic Design department is under Marketing, and not under Exhibits. While there might be an occasional exhibit graphics project to work on, this is not an exhibit design internship. 

    Education Requirements:

    Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university degree-seeking program, and at least be a sophomore or junior in college. We will accept graduate students looking for resume building opportunities. Graphic Design and Communication Design majors in college preferred. We require a design portfolio along with your resume for application purposes. 

    Special Skills Required: 

    • Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) 
    • Strong design, organizational and communication skills 
    • Attention to detail 


    Schedule Requirements:

    Minimum of 2 days a week (15-20 hours a week) Candidate can set own schedule at beginning of internship. Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00 pm. (Friday availability is preferred) 

    Position Reports To:

    Graphic Design Manager

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

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    Department: Group Sales 

    Position Summary: 
    The Group Sales Internship is a terrific opportunity to learn more about business while impacting an important role at The Franklin Institute. We are in charge of our own marketing, sales, and operations; this intern supports all of those functions. 

    • Fully understand The Franklin Institute and all of its offerings. Intern is responsible for giving suggestions about the best way to promote the programs that the Group Sales Department is responsible for 
    • Research new markets and specific targets for new clients 
    • Research local Escape Rooms and make suggestions about best practices so that we can effectively promote our own Escape Room 
    • Helps track data, all of which helps Group Sales determine our sales and marketing plans 
    • Communicate by phone and/or email with clients and business partners 
    • Aid in the deployment of all departmental communications, including sales letters, email blasts, brochures, postcards and other collateral pieces 
    • Report on progress of specific campaigns and prepare performance analytics 
    • Assist in event planning and execution for on and off-site events and tradeshows 
    • Research industry trends 
    • Review web pages and recommend appropriate updates 
    • Opportunity to accompany department staff at sales and industry best-practice meetings 
    • Provide administrative assistance and clerical services as needed 
    • Other duties as assigned 

    Education Requirements: Interested candidates must have completed at least one year of college and be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. 

    Special Skills Required: General computer skills and the ability to function in a business environment. 

    Schedule Requirements: Fall/Spring semesters at least two days per week. Summer semester at least four days per week. Potential evening or weekend hours for events. 

    Other Requirements: This position involves direct contact with children. Interns must meet background clearance requirements before they can begin. 

    Position Reports To: Group Sales Director 

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

  • Department: Human Resources

    Position Summary:

    • Assist HR staff members with administrative tasks as assigned
    • Organize and replenish benefit packets for new hires
    • Research new ideas for Wellness Program
    • Assist with HRIS, ADP Workforce Now
    • Data entry and updating HR documents and forms
    • Assist with HR projects as assigned
    • Audit employee benefits
    • Assist with recruiting by scheduling interviews, checking references, and processing new hire paperwork

    Education Requirements: 
    Must be a current college student or recent graduate studying Human Resources or related field.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Willing to perform clerical/administrative duties as assigned
    • Ability to work independently as well as within a team

    Schedule Requirements: 
    2 days per week, flexible hours and days

    Position Reports To: 
    Human Resources Director 

    This Position is Unpaid

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Department, 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site www.fi.edu

  • Department: Museum Programs and Outreach Initiatives

    Position Summary:
    Intern will support staff in the production, coordination and implementation of public events at the Museum including, but not limited to, Community Night, Night Skies in the Observatory, Science After Hours, The Franklin Institute Speaker Series, special Saturday programming, and The Philadelphia Science Festival.

    Education Requirements:
    Current college student majoring in the sciences, education, social work, community organizing, urban planning, hospitality management or event planning preferred. All degree seeking candidates will be considered.

    Special Skills Required:
    The successful candidate must be self-motivated, flexible, and organized. Familiarity with general science concepts a plus. Strong writing and communication skills required.

    Schedule Requirements:
    A minimum of 24 hours a week is requested. Occasional weekend or evening work will be required. Spring interns must be available throughout the Philadelphia Science Festival, April 17-25, 2020.

    Other Requirements:
    This position involves direct contact with children. Interns must meet background clearance requirements before they can begin.

    Position Reports to:
    Public Events Coordinator 

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

  • Department:

    Museum Programs


    Position Summary:

    The Museum Programs Traveling Science Shows Media Intern will be responsible for updating the Traveling Science Shows video and photo libraries. The intern will travel along with TSS educators to program sites and record Traveling Science Shows. The intern will also edit the recorded videos for training and promotional purposes. The intern may occasionally be asked to handle media from other areas of Museum Programs (floor programs, summer camp, etc.).


    Special Intern Project:

    In the second half of the internship, the intern will use clips to create a promotional, training, or special program video.


    Other duties as assigned:

    The intern will assist the Traveling Science Shows team with tasks around the office, including but not limited to: light cleaning of program equipment, organizing/preparing show materials, online research of basic science content.


    Educational value for intern:

    The intern will practice organizing video information for training and/or marketing purposes. The intern will become familiar with the functioning of a large museum and with the informal science education field.


    Educational Requirements:


    College student studying film, communications, or other related field.


    Special Skills Required:

    • Self-starter with the ability to work independently
    • Familiarity with using digital video camera, video editing software (Adobe Premiere Elements), Windows OS, photography
    • Intern must have prior knowledge of video editing software – the TSS team has no expertise in this area
    • Some locations the intern might visit are not accessible, and program settings can be chaotic. Thus, the intern will need to be able to climb a set of stairs, walk 50 ft. unassisted, be comfortable with loud noises/bright lights/large rooms full of very excited children, and lift and carry 20 lbs. of equipment 50 ft. unassisted


    Schedule Requirements:

    2-3 days a week for approximately 15-20 hours (exact times and day may vary from week to week, the intern’s supervisor will work with the intern to schedule)


    Other Requirements:

    This position involves direct contact with children. Interns must meet background clearance requirements before they can begin.

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

  • Department: Museum Programs and Outreach Initiatives 

    Position Summary: Intern will support staff in the implementation and coordination of Professional Development events and programming including (but not limited to) GSK Science in the Summer™ programming, Professional Development events, and Master Educator programming. 

    Education Requirements: Current college student majoring in the sciences, education, social work/community organizing, or urban planning preferred, hospitality management or event planning preferred. All degree seeking candidates will be considered. 

    Special Skills Required: The successful candidate must be self-motivated, flexible, and organized. Familiarity with science and education concepts a plus. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, detail oriented, and willing to take on other tasks as required. Strong writing and communication skills required. 

    Schedule Requirements: 10 – 20 hours per week (Monday – Friday). Spring intern may be asked to add extra hours during the weeks of February 24, 2020 for the GSK Science in the Summer Annual Conference and March 30, 2020 for the Leap into Science Annual Conference. 

    Position Reports to: Professional Development Coordinator

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

  • Department:
    Research & Evaluation

    Position Summary:
    The Research and Evaluation Intern will assist the Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation in studying the overall visitor experience and learning about the impact of specific programs and activities offered at the museum. They will guide students and museum guests in completing surveys, input data, and do basic data analysis. The intern will also identify and summarize important research publications that are relevant to ongoing work at The Franklin Institute.

    Education Requirements:
    Intern must be a college student or college graduate. Basic research experience preferred.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to read and interpret scholarly articles from museum and evaluation publications
    • Experience using statistical software (such as SPSS or R) and performing basic statistical tests
    • Ability to relate well to diverse groups of people
    • Skill in written and verbal expression

    Schedule Requirements:
    At least 5 hours per week during regular business hours, Monday – Thursday. More hours are welcome if possible.

    Other Requirements:
    This position involves direct contact with children. Interns must meet background clearance requirements before they can begin

    Position Reports To:
    Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

  • Department: 

    Sales & Catering

    Position Summary:
    Working in fast paced Sales and Catering Department, intern will be training in all aspects of the sales and catering process, from the initial sales call through the planning stages to the actual event.  The intern will answer phones, work with the sales and catering contact management/calendar computer system, handle paper flow, have contact with clients, perform general office duties, and if interested, work events.

    Education Requirements: 
    Interested candidates must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Must be results oriented with the ability to prioritize, and must be very organized.   Must have proven leadership skills and be able to make decisions.   Excellent organization and communication skills, refined telephone manner, and impeccable customer service skills required.  Proven ability to work with sales staff, clients, vendors, other departments, and individuals to sell and coordinate all details of events
    • Proficient computer knowledge in Delphi, Market Vision, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and web mining


    Schedule Requirements: 
    Flexible schedule but intern must have weekday availability between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Minimum of two days per week preferred.

    Position Reports To: 
    Director of Sales
     

    This Position is Unpaid 

    For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu.

    • Department: Digital Media

      Position Summary:
      The Franklin Institute’s Digital Department is looking for an intern with a passion for photography and video production that will work alongside our Multimedia Producer to drive our marketing and editorial initiatives. These include assisting in the production of promotional videos, original editorial content ranging from short documentaries to timely live broadcasts.

      Education Requirements: At least 2 years of college education focusing on video/photo production, journalism, communications, or any digital-related field.

      Special Skills Required:

      • Photography
      • Video production/editing
      • Strong written and communication skills
      • Proficiency in Microsoft office (word/excel), Google Drive
      • Knowledge of Adobe After Effects is a plus
      • Knowledge of sound editing/mixing is a plus

      Schedule Requirements: 15-20 hours/week 

      Other Requirements: This position involves direct contact with children.  Interns must meet background clearance requirements before they can begin

      Position Reports To: Multimedia Producer

      This Position is Unpaid

      For more information, contact The Franklin Institute Volunteer Office at 215-448-1163, volprog@fi.edu, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu