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 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
  • This internship has been filled for summer 2020 semester.

    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

  • 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

    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

    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 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 

    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 internship has been filled for summer 2020 semester.

    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.

  • This internship has been filled for summer 2020 semester.

    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

  • This internship has been filled for summer 2020 semester.

    Department: Collections

    Position Summary: An internship with the Collections Department typically includes direct care, collection inventory, physical numbering and tagging, updating/modifying catalog records, data-base entry, and recording environmental data on objects in storage and on exhibit. An additional standard project of the internship is scanning historical documents and photographing artifacts for our digital records. Interns will be trained on TFI’s collections database, PastPerfect, a widely-used cataloging software package for small and mid-sized collections. If the opportunity arises, interns may assist with object handling activities (e.g. exhibit installation or de-installation) as well as after-hour events, however, it is understood that the main activity in this position is “behind-the-scenes.”  At the end of the internship, one piece of independent research and writing, relating to the collections, may also be assigned.

    Education Requirements: The internship is open to any individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s degree program in Museum Studies, Library Services, History, Anthropology, or a related field of intellectual inquiry.  Prospective interns should have a genuine interest in the study of material culture and an interest in the history of science and technology.

    Special Skills Required: Familiarity with entering data into basic computer programs, attention to detail, ability to focus for extended periods of time, and a desire to learn.

    Schedule Requirements: One or two days, four to five hours each day, or dependent on school requirements

    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 Collections

    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 internship has been filled for summer 2020 semester.

    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 event 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, or check out our web site, www.fi.edu

  • This internship has been filled for summer 2020 semester.

    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.