Discovery Corps is a youth development program that places high school aged youth on the front line of our mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology. The program consists of a system of training and assessment leading to increased levels of responsibility, pay and skill. Youth participants gain job and life skills while volunteering and working to provide Science Center visitors with a unique interactive experience. The program is designed to support youth from the time they enter the program until they graduate from high school or an academically equivalent program.
Pacific Science Center seeks an Intern to help mentor Discovery Corps youth from diverse backgrounds, plan engaging events and assist with operational support while acting as a role model for participants. The Intern will play a critical role during the busy summer season, when there are up to 70 Discovery Corps participants to support. At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable youth development and mentorship skills.
Reports To: Discovery Corps Coordinator and Manager
Position Start Date: Mid-June, 2013
Position End Date: Ideal candidates will commit for 10 weeks
Time Commitment: Flexible, ideally 9 - 15 hours a week with possible weekend shifts
• Mentor Discovery Corps youth
• Brainstorm, plan and host social events, workshops, youth-facilitated discussions and field trips
• Support individual youth as they work on special projects – these projects may include writing articles for the program newsletter, preparing and facilitating youth led discussions (Rap Sessions)
• Co-facilitate Discovery Corps trainings
• Provide general operational support to Discovery Corps members
• Other duties as assigned
• Strengthen youth mentorship and communication skills through interactions with diverse Discovery Corps youth
• Develop high-level administrative and creativity skills associated with planning and implementing youth focused events, youth facilitated discussions and field trips
• Demonstrate leadership and public speaking skills while co-facilitating Discovery Corps training
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center and the busy Discovery Corps team
• Current college or graduate student with an interest in working with high school aged youth
• Candidates pursuing degrees in Education, Social Work, Youth Development or related field are preferred
• Experience and/or enthusiasm to work with a broad diversity of youth
• Track record of working well with youth and within a team environment
• Strong skills in word processing, desktop publishing and document production
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Enthusiasm for science and science education
• Courteous professional manner
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check
TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Youth Program Mentorship Intern.”
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond.
Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees. Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities.