National Science Resources Center Internship Program
Criteria for Internships NSRC accepts students who are currently enrolled in high school, undergraduate, or graduate programs at a college or university. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. All interns must successfully complete a Federal background check before their internship begins.
Your application must include:
1. Resume or CV
2. Writing Sample
3. Three references from supervisors, teachers, or professors who have observed you in the classroom or workplace.
Summer Internship Applications must be completed no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.
Internship Application and Selection Process
If you are interested in an internship position please go to the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) at https://solaa.si.edu. You will need to create an account at this site. After you have created an account, you can begin your application and select your first, second and third choice of program areas of your interest. Your application will be automatically submitted from the SOLAA site to NSRC for consideration. Internship start & end dates are flexible!
Your application will be reviewed by NSRC staff. You will be notified of your status after your submission has been reviewed. Please submit your best work for a complete application!
NSRC interns can expect a wonderful introduction to the working world. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of their chosen field and gain a great amount of hands on experience. Selected interns are treated much like regular employees, and are expected to contribute their full efforts to all assigned tasks. Of course, supervisors are assigned to each intern in order to assist and answer any questions that may arise. Supervisors act as mentors and confidants in order to ensure that interns gain the most enriching educational experience possible.
Professional Services Divisions
The Professional Services Divisions of the NSRC work to transform science education by building partnerships with community stakeholders and assisting regions, districts, and schools as they plan for and implement comprehensive inquiry-based science programs. These divisions design and implement courses for K-12 science teachers and teacher leaders, engage educators at all levels from classroom teachers to superintendents, as well as academic institutions, corporations, and foundations. Student interns will work with the Professional Services staff to:
prepare materials for workshops, institutes and events,
conduct online research
research and assist with grant writing
prepare mailings, prepare marketing materials
organize courses for teachers at Smithsonian Institution museums
Attend and facilitate courses, institutes and events
Experience in science, science education, or teaching would be an advantage. Interest in science is essential. Internet and Microsoft Office skills required as well as a willing to perform a wide range of tasks. The NSRC is located in a federal office building which is handicap accessible. Summer Tasks (May–September; Students must intern for 10 weeks):
Assist with the revision and updating of materials for strategic planning and implementation (SPI) institutes, building awareness events, and other special events promoting science education reform.
Attend and assist with the facilitation of Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATS).
Assist in the planning of logistics for upcoming events.
Research new resources (articles, books, reports, etc) in science education.
Organize and assemble participant materials for events.
Interact with teachers to provide course information.
Attend and provide on-site support as needed at local events and events across the country (for age 18+ only).
Digitize and analyze participant evaluations from summer programming.
Other tasks as assigned.
The Publications Division produces and maintains high-quality, educational materials that include Science and Technology Concepts™ (STC™) science curriculum units in the life, earth, and physical sciences for grades K-12 and a series of science reading resources called STC Literacy Series™ that complement our STC Program™. Our division also maintains and updates the NSRC Web site, www.nsrconline.org. Interns can assist in the curriculum development and revision process by:
Writing, editing, performing photo research, and/or creating databases to track development and revision of our educational materials.
Assisting in the maintenance of the NSRC website and the development of new web components.
Aiding in digital asset management of photos and documents.
Image and document scanning, cataloging, and metadata assignment.
Promoting NSRC through social media.
Authoring blog posts about inquiry and science education.
Writing up lessons plans or teaching strategies to be shared on our newly launched website.
Computer assisted drafting of 3D models that could be used in science education (fossils, animals, airplanes, etc.,)
Experience working in an IT environment, writing, editing, proofreading, conducting photo research, computer assisted drafting, blogging/ journalism and/or working with spreadsheets and databases is helpful, but not required.
Summer Tasks (May–September; Students must intern for 10 weeks):
Media research on Smithsonian resources to be used in new and revised curriculum units.
Research on best practices in science education.
Researching standards related to the next generation science.
Contributing original lesson plans or teaching strategies to NSRC blog.
Authoring blog posts that are of interest in STEM education.
Using CAD software to design 3D models useful in science education
Curriculum development and revision (writing, editing, and proofreading as part of a team of writers, editors, education specialists and scientists.)
Finance & Administration Division
The right hand of the Executive Office is the Finance & Administration Division.
Summer Tasks (May–September; Students must intern for 10 weeks):
Formatting budgets in Excel
Tracking budget expenditures
Research potential donors for core operations development proposals
Organize accountable property documentation
Contract file maintenance
The NSRC is located in a federal office building which is handicap accessible. Microsoft Word and Excel are helpful skills. Business majors with excellent organizational skills are encouraged to apply.
Regional Science Education Internships
The NSRC’s Investing in Innovation (i3) initiative supports and promotes high quality, inquiry-based science education programs and helps establish infrastructures to sustain those programs for decades to come. This initiative studies the effects of the NSRC’s LASER Model in grades 1-8 in three regions: North Carolina, Northern New Mexico, and Houston Independent School District.
Washington, DC-based interns will be based at NSRC’s DC offices and may be asked to travel to one or more regional sites to assist with summer workshops.
For Regional Interns, the majority of work will be performed at a variety of venues including schools, and informal learning environments; much of the pre-workshop work may be performed at local offices or materials centers.
Regional interns will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from events in their region and to and from their work location.
Washington, DC: (May-August) – 10 weeks Houston, TX: (May-August) – 10 weeks Santa Fe, NM: (May-August) – 10 weeks Raleigh/Durham, NC: (May-July) – 10 weeks The following responsibilities are indicative of the work interns will perform:
assist with planning and preparation for LASER i3 workshops and events
attend and provide on-site support as needed at local events (this may include some weekends)
assist with shipping, transportation, and organization of materials
prepare materials for workshops, institutes, and events
draft post-event summaries and reports
promote LASER i3 through social media
conduct online research to identify inquiry and science education articles
draft emails other communications about logistics
assist with development and management of photos and documents
*Please specify which city you are interested in on your application in SOLAA.