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. To request a current list of internships, please contact the Volunteer Department at or 215-448-1163.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    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.  Click here for more information 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
    • Mail your application to the address listed on the application
    • Fax your application to 215.448.1314