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The Climate Museum is hiring college and graduate school interns to make an impact at the first climate-dedicated museum in the United States. This competitive internship program offers college students an opportunity to join a dynamic new museum early in the process of scaling its public engagement and expanding toward a year-round location.

The Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. Our vision is to invite the broad public into a new climate citizenship, extending the transformative work being done by the youth and adult climate movements. More information on the programming we have presented over the past two and a half years can be found on our website.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. The final deadline for applications is March 15. Summer internships begin May 20 (subject to individual summer break schedules).

Internship description:

Interns will carry out a range of tasks in an intellectually vibrant, highly collaborative and supportive environment. While assignments will vary depending on the immediate needs of the Climate Museum, interns will largely focus on the following:

  • Assisting with organization and execution of special programmatic and fundraising events
  • Educating and engaging with visitors at the museum’s exhibition on Governors Island as docents (training will be provided)
  • Staffing outreach and public education events
  • Researching topics related to the Museum’s mission and organizational development
  • Participating in staff meetings, brainstorming, research, and trainings
  • Curating and drafting social media posts*
  • Managing website updates**
  • Assisting in the creation of communications materials (designing flyers, emails, etc.)**

* for dedicated social media track

** for dedicated digital communications track

Please note if you would like to be considered for the social media or digital communications track within the internship.


Required qualifications:

  • Ability to volunteer without compensation 5 days/week, including one weekend day twice a month as docent at exhibition hub on Governors Island (rest of the days will be in our midtown Manhattan office)
  • Ability to volunteer through summer break
  • Ability and willingness to volunteer during occasional evening hours
  • Undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and graduate students only
  • Demonstrated passion for climate issues, social justice, and/or museums
  • Exceptional research and writing skills and generally strong academic qualifications
  • Enterprising and ambitious mindset balanced with outstanding collaboration skills
  • Ability to maintain a flexible and positive attitude in a fast-paced and unpredictable startup environment
  • Kindness and humor under pressure
  • Proficiency in Google Drive preferred, as well as the ability to learn new software
  • Experience using Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook (for students applying for social media internship)
  • Experience using InDesign, Photoshop, and Squarespace (preferred, not required, for students applying for digital communications internship)
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