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 Summer 2019 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
  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department:
    Digital

    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 requires direct contact with children. Interns must meet background clearance requirements before they can begin.

    Position Reports To:
    Video and Multimedia Producer, Digital Media

    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.

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department:
    Digital Media

    Position Summary:
    The Franklin Institute's Digital Department is looking for an intern with a passion for digital technology that can assist with digital initiatives, including updating fi.edu in Drupal, building standalone web experiences, and creating data-driven media for our exhibits. The intern will have the opportunity to work with essential digital tools that drive our business such as our Content Management System, Google Analytics, APIs, and interactive exhibit technology. The intern will build a portfolio in website management, analytics, and the creation of digital media.

    Education Requirements:
     1-2 years of college education, Web Development, Digital Media, Computer Science, or any digital-related field majors in college are encouraged to apply.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Strong writing, organizational, and communication skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Attention to detail
    • HTML, CSS, JavaScript
    • APIs (preferred, but not required)
    • Photoshop experience (preferred, but not required)

    Schedule Requirements:
    Minimum of 3 days a week (Monday-Friday), 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Position Reports To:
    Senior Producer, Digital Media

    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.

     

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department: Digital

    Position Summary: The Franklin Institute’s Digital Department is looking for an intern with a passion for digital media who can assist with museum’s website, apps, and other digital initiatives. The intern will assist in managing our content management system, reporting website and app analytics, quality assurance, and content development. The intern will build a portfolio in content management and creation. Intern will use personal computer when working remotely.

    Education Requirements: 1-2 years of college education, Marketing, PR, Communications, Journalism, or Web Development, majors in college are encouraged to apply.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Strong writing, organizational and communication skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Basic experience with websites, digital content creation, or analytical software

    Schedule Requirements: Minimum of 3 days a week (Monday-Friday), 9:00am – 5:00 pm. The intern will have the opportunity to work remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly in-house meeting.

    Position Reports To:  Senior Producer, Digital Media

    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:

    Discovery Camp is a summer day camp held at The Franklin Institute Science Museum.  Children entering grades K - 9 are able to come to The Franklin Institute and participate in hands-on activities, visit exhibits and theaters, enjoy presentations by guest scientists and other professionals, and continue the science explorations on field trips related to the theme of the session. 

    Intern will be asked to:

    • Shadow campers with special cognitive and developmental needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and learning differences, in order to enrich camper’s experience and support camp staff.
    • Give extra one-on-one attention to campers who need it for a variety of reasons.
    • Communicate and coordinate camper strategies with Counselors in classrooms.
    • Contribute to adapting or modifying camp curriculum to better support campers with special needs.

    Educational Requirements:  
    Working towards a degree in special education, psychology, sociology, or related majors.

    Special Skills Required: 
    Experience with special needs audiences. Experience working in a museum or cultural setting a plus. Strong communication skills required.

    Schedule Requirements
    Must be available at least 3 days per week M-F.

    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 Camp Programs

     

    This Position is Unpaid

  • Department:
    Museum Programs

    Position Summary:
    Discovery Camp is a summer day camp held at The Franklin Institute Science Museum.  Children in grades K-9 are able to come to The Franklin Institute and participate in hands-on activities, visit exhibits and theaters, enjoy presentations by guest scientists and other professionals, and continue the science explorations on field trips related to the theme of the session. 

    Intern will be asked to:

    • Spend time in the classrooms taking photos, observing activities, and talking to campers
    • Edit, organize, and upload photos to online galleries
    • Assist with the production of occasional multimedia presentations
    • Coordinate the above task with additional medial interns

    Educational Requirements:
    Working towards a degree of any kind, but with experience taking photos and video. Familiarity with informal science learning preferred.

    Special Skills Required:
    Must have good photography skills and have a keen attention to detail. Must be able to work independently and complete tasks within deadlines. Applicants should be comfortable working with children.

    Schedule Requirements:
    Must be available at least 3 days per week M-F during the summer.

    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 Camp Programs

    This Position is Unpaid

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    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.

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department: 
    Marketing/Group Sales

    Position Summary:
    Intern will be relied on for data collection and research that will help determine group sales strategy. Intern will also represent The Franklin Institute in situations where selling tickets is important.
    • Learn and advocate the products and programs offered and marketed by The Franklin Institute to targeted audiences.
    • Research new markets and specific targets for new clients
    • Conduct analyses of key business metrics and visitation patterns
    • 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
    • Utilize database for record maintenance, analytics, and segment reporting
    • Assist in event planning and execution for on and off-site events and tradeshows
    • 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 be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Team player
    • Ability to learn new computer programs (intern will have access to Galaxy, Salesforce and Logi)
    • Creative thinking
    • Willingness to network and learn about the industry

    Schedule Requirements:
    At least three days per week, including some evening and weekend work for events. Might require some travel to trade shows and conventions.

    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.

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    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 HR’s employee website
    • Data entry, create and update excel spreadsheets, forms, and documents
    • Assist with HR related special 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

    Special Skills Required:

    • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office package
    • 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 & Senior HR Representative

    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

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department: 
    Marketing

     Position Summary:
    The Franklin Institute’s Marketing Department is looking for an energetic and motivated intern to assist with copywriting for brochures and eblasts, brochure distribution, analysis of marketing initiatives, and administrative duties. The intern will gain new skills and build a portfolio of writing, research, and analysis projects.

    Copywriting & Brochure Distribution
    Write copy for eblasts and assist with copywriting/editing for brochures that advertise the museum’s extensive array of educational programs. Research and create distribution lists, manage the distribution of brochures and other marketing materials, and compile detailed reports on distribution efforts.

     Analysis and Research
    Manage and conduct ongoing analysis of emails, website, and other marketing efforts. Research and report on industry practices, new initiatives, and other projects as needed.

    Administrative Assistance
    General office work- data entry, meeting minutes, list organization, and other duties as assigned. Attend and assist with on and off-site events as needed.

    Education Requirements:
    Must be at least sophomore or junior in college. We will accept graduate students and post-grads looking for resume building opportunities.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Strong writing, organizational and communication skills
    • Previous experience working in an office environment required
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word
    • Attention to detail
    • Works well in fast-paced office environment with flexible work style and ability to multi-task
    • Willingness to accept challenges, work independently and ask for assistance when needed
       

    Schedule Requirements:
    Minimum of 2 days a week (Monday-Friday), 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Position Reports To: Marketing 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.

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department:
    Museum Programs and Outreach Initiatives

    Position Summary:
    The Museum Programs Training/Mentoring Intern will support staff in the planning and implementation of volunteer trainings for both high school and adult volunteers that facilitate interactions with museum visitors on the museum floor. They will act as a mentor for new volunteers and assist with observations and feedback sessions with current volunteers. They will also report issues and assist with basic repairs (taping, gluing, laminating, etc) of educational materials.

    Education Requirements:
    Applicants should have a strong background in informal education and mentoring. Education, Adult Education, Museum Studies, and Informal Education majors encouraged to apply. Science majors with extensive outreach experience also encouraged to apply. Current students seeking Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferred, but not required.

    Special Skills Required: 
    The successful candidate must be self-motivated, flexible, organized, comfortable speaking in front of groups of people and comfortable working with both adults and children. Familiarity with adult training and general science concepts a plus. Excellent interpersonal skills required and must be able to both give and receive feedback graciously.

    Schedule Requirements:
    Must work Sundays and at least 2 other weekdays between Monday-Thursday. Must be able to start by the 1st week of June.

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

    Position Reports to:
    Floor Programs Volunteer Manager

    THIS POSITION IS UNPAID

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department: Marketing

    Position Summary:
    Intern will assist in execution of promotions and advertising programs for the Marketing Department, specifically as it relates to event promotions.  Position includes assisting in conducting initial outreach (cold-calling) to prospective partners for cross-promotional opportunities. Intern will take the lead on securing the events, logistics for event day, and all post-event needs. Intern will assist in marketing special exhibitions, planning and executing events, and distributing coupons. Ideal candidate will also be willing to work evening and weekend events in a street team format.

    Education Requirements:
    Interested candidates should be working towards a degree in Marketing, Communications or Business and have completed their sophomore year.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Outgoing personality
    • Computer skills - Microsoft Office products
    • Attention to detail
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong telephone/cold-calling skills
    • Hard worker with a desire to learn


    Schedule Requirements:
    Ideal candidate should be able to work during normal business hours during the week with some nights and weekends for events.

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

    Position Reports To:  
    Assistant Director of Promotions and Partnerships

    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.

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    Department: Public Relations

    Position Summary: The Public Relations office is responsible for building public awareness of the museum through clear and effective external communication. This includes the distribution of press releases and advisories, media outreach, securing space on external event calendars, strategic partnerships and promotion, and relevant community collaboration and engagement. We are looking for a motivated individual to assist with day-to-day administrative duties including media monitoring and reporting, calendar listings, on site video and photo shoots, and writing/proofreading assignments, as well as research into new and existing media outlets for the maintenance and upkeep of departmental press lists. Candidate should be well organized, be a strong interpersonal communicator, and have the ability to work independently.

    Education Requirements: One year of college or more, studying Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field.

    Special Skills Required:  

    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and Word

    Schedule Requirements: At least two days per week, though three preferred, with flexible hours.

    Position Reports To: Public Relations Coordinator and Director of Media Relations and Communications

    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

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    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 offered at the museum. They will guide students and museum guests in completing surveys, input data, assist with data visualization, and draft reports. The intern will also query staff at other museums about practices at their institutions.

    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 data visualization software 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, more 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.

  • This position has been filled for Summer 2019.

    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