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 Fall 2018 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
  • Note: this internship is not offered during the fall semester

    Department:
    Awards

    Position Summary:
    The Franklin Institute Awards is one of the most prestigious and historic awards programs in the world. Since 1824, the Institute has singled out the most brilliant and pioneering scientists and engineers, inventors and innovators from across the globe and brought them to Philadelphia to be recognized for their incredible genius. Today’s Franklin Institute Awards Program encompasses the Benjamin Franklin Medals, awarded in seven fields of inquiry; the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, presented in a different, predetermined theme each year; and the Bower Award for Business Leadership. The roster of past Franklin Institute Laureates reads like a Who’s Who in 19th, 20th, and 21st century science and industry, including luminaries Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Pierre and Marie Curie, Orville Wright, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Jacques Cousteau, Stephen Hawking, Gordon Moore, Jane Goodall, Steven Squyres, Bill Gates, Dean Kamen, and Michael Dell. In fact, 116 Franklin Institute medalists have also won Nobel Prizes!

    Each April, Franklin Institute laureates gather in Philadelphia for a week devoted to celebrating their achievements. Laureates participate in dynamic educational programs, including hands-on demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions with high school students, and programs at Philadelphia-region universities. The capstone of the week is The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, a gala at which nearly 800 science, business, and community leaders share in the tribute to the laureates.

    The Awards Intern will assist in the planning and promotion of Awards Week events and projects supporting the Awards Program. Projects will include, but are not limited to: researching contacts for nominations and event promotions, creating promotion plans for laureate lectures, writing communications for direct mail and the web, preparing mailings, and digitizing departmental archives.

    See our awards page for more information on this exciting program.

    Education Requirements:
    College student studying or interested in science, history, museum work, event planning, and/or program administration.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet research
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Ability to work in a team

     

    Schedule Requirements:
    12 hours per week. Some work can be done remotely. Must be available to work April 17-19, 2018.

    Position Reports To:
    Director of Awards Program

    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.

  • Note: this internship is not offered during the fall semester

    Department: 

    Science Resources

    Position Summary:
    This position will be involved with a number of ongoing projects in TFI’s education efforts in the biological sciences.  Projects may include developing science content for various exhibits, floor programs, and public outreach events, organizing activities for the Philadelphia Science Festival, evaluating programs to communicate topics at the intersection of sociology and health, and contributing to development of science communication training for scientists, educators, and museum staff.

    Education Requirements:
    Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field.

    Special Skills Required:
    Good writing, speaking, observation, and organizational skills and an interest in science communication.

    Schedule Requirements:
    At least 2 days/week and available for an occasional weekend or evening event.

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

    Position Reports To:
    Chief Bioscientist

    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.

  • NOTE: this internship has been filled for the fall semester

    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

  • Note: the Finance Internship has been filled for fall 2018

    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.

  • Department:
    External Affairs

    Position Summary:
    ​The External Affairs Intern will gain a broad understanding of all aspects of a highly developed fundraising and membership operation.  Areas of focus include individual, corporate, foundation and government giving programs, annual and major fundraising, membership, research, database management, and general office management.  The candidate will also build an understanding of the creation and execution of a variety of fundraising, stewardship, and cultivation events. These skills, which are the foundation of any fundraising position, will help you to understand how development and external affairs departments work. Many of our previous interns have won excellent full-time paid positions after working with us—some right here at The Franklin Institute.

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Compose letters, reports, and memos for both internal and external audiences in support of a variety of programs and events
    • Assist with event planning tasks such as assembling invitations, prepping leadership, and day of event duties
    • Provide office support to team members (filing, assembling mailings, note taking, etc.)
    • Research and compose reports on a variety of topics related to grant proposals, prospecting, event planning, etc.
    • Prep and proofread a variety of materials to assist development officers with solicitations and meeting preparation


    Educational Requirements: 
    Must be currently enrolled in a college program and must be working for college credit.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Detail oriented, motivated and organized
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • High level of computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office; experience using databases is helpful but not required
    • Cooperative attitude and ability to perform tasks with little supervision required
    • Strong desire to be part of one of the best Development Teams in Philadelphia


    Schedule Requirements:
    Must be available a minimum of 16 hours per week during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).  Some evenings and early mornings will be required.  Specific days and hours will be mutually agreed upon at a later date.

    Position Reports To: Assistant Director of Corporate Giving

    This Position is Unpaid

  • Note: this internship is full for the fall semester

    Department: 
    Marketing/Group Sales

    Position Summary:

    • 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
    • Manage Post-Visit Survey program, including exporting lists, deploy communications, compile, analyze and report results
    • 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 Juniors or Seniors in a college or university. 
    Bachelor's degree preferred.

    Special Skills Required:
    Data processing, time management and supreme communication skills.

    Schedule Requirements:
    At least three days per week, including evening and weekend availability as requested.

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

    Position Reports To:
    Membership and Group Sales Manager

    This Position is Unpaid

  • 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

  • Note: the Marketing Internship is filled for the fall

    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 junior or senior in college. We will accept grad students and post-grads looking for resume building opportunities.

    Special Skills Required:

    • Strong writing, organizational and communication skills
    • Previous experience working in an office enviornment required
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word
    • Attention to detail
    • Works well in fast-paced office enviornment 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

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

    Position Reports To: Marketing Manager

    This Position is Unpaid

  • Note: this internship is full for the fall semester.

    Department:
    Museum Programs

    Position Summary:
    The Museum Programs Intern(s) will support staff in the production, coordination and implementation of Museum Programs events including (but not limited to,) the Philadelphia Science Festival, Science After Hours, School Workshops, Homeschool Workshops, School’s Out Camps, The Franklin Institute Speaker Series, and other special events.

    Education Requirements:
    Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree or be enrolled in an accredited college or university degree-seeking program. Students 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, organized and willing to speak in front of groups of people and comfortable working with children. Familiarity with general science concepts a plus. Must be comfortable making cold calls to partnering organizations or returning general inquiries. Strong writing and communication skills required.

    Schedule Requirements:
    A minimum of 15 hours a week is requested.  Occasional weekend or evening work will be required. Spring interns must be willing to increase working hours during the Philadelphia Science Festival program week, April 21- April 29, 2017.

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

    Position Reports to:
    Science Festival and Outreach Initiatives Coordinator

    This Position Is Unpaid

  • Note: this internship is full for the fall semester

    Department: Museum Programs

    Position Summary:
    The Museum Programs 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 meet with staff from the marketing and/or social media departments to discuss projects. The intern may occasionally be asked to handle media from other departments (floor programs, summer camp, etc.).

    Special Intern Project: in the second half of the internship, the intern will use clips to create a promotional or training 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:
    Tuesday mornings preferred (office) 9-12
    1 other day/week off-site (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

    Position Reports to:
    Traveling Science Show Educator

    This Position is Unpaid

  • Department: Marketing

    Position Summary:
    Intern will assist in execution of promotions and advertising programs for the Marketing Department.  Position includes assisting in conducting initial outreach (cold-calling) to prospective partners for cross-promotional opportunities and to media outlets for advertising.  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:  
    Promotions 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.

  • Department: Marketing and 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: College student 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 3 days per week. Flexible hours with full time preferred.

    Position Reports To: Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, and Director of Marketing and Public Relations

    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 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.

  • Note: this internship is filled for the fall semester

    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