Ends on November 10, 2019

Start Date:
Dependent on age/school schedule where applicable. Earliest start date June 1, 2019

End Date:
Dependent on age/school schedule where applicable. Latest end date early November 2019

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2019

Hours Per Week:
During summer: Interns will follow a consistent schedule during summer, minimum 3 days/week with at least 1 weekend day every other weekend.  

During school year: Optional   If available, interns can continue working on weekends throughout the run of the exhibition (early November) 

Variable -- based on weekend availability during school year 

Governors Island, House 18, Nolan Park, New York, NY 11231 

This unpaid internship opportunity offers high schoolers the ability to participate in the early stages of a bold new climate initiative.

The Climate Museum is the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to climate change. Its mission is to break the climate silence by mobilizing museum programming across the arts and sciences for broad community engagement. The Climate Museum draws us together around the social justice, public health, and urban design challenges we face, as well as opportunities to collaborate for climate progress. Most recently, in Fall 2018, we presented Climate Signals, a citywide exhibition with 10 sites, 16 special events, and 20 diverse institutional and community partners.

This June through October, on beautiful Governors Island, we will present our fourth exhibition. It will present the first exhibition in the US to focus on steps young people can take -- and are taking -- toward a climate-safe future. At this family-friendly show, visitors will explore interactive installations to learn how clean energy, green design, strong decision-making on fossil fuels, and more can transition us to a carbon-free economy and culture. The show will celebrate youth leaders who are moving us forward, and invite all to get involved through a range of activities and commitments.

The Climate Museum Summer 2019 High School Internship is an opportunity to work half-time or more learning about climate change and climate solutions and educating younger kids, your peers, and adults about these subjects to get them involved. You'll have access to special programs during the exhibition and to college and career mentoring, and you'll develop outreach, educational, and leadership skills

Who we’re looking for: 

Enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing high school students who feel comfortable speaking with strangers and working with young kids. Experience with / knowledge about climate change is helpful but not at all required; we will train you on all things climate! You must want to connect with others about climate change and be curious about learning more. You must be responsible, committed to showing up for your shifts and ready to work on a team with other high school students and adults.  

High School Internship participants will: 

  • Greet and actively engage with visitors in the exhibition.
  • Talk visitors through our interactive stations (we will teach you everything you need to know about our exhibition and train you on how to use interactive aspects of the exhibits)
  • Answer visitors’ questions regarding the exhibition, the Climate Museum, climate change, and climate solutions or direct them to staff members who can.  
  • Start conversations with and between visitors in order to maximize the reach of the exhibition and the museum.  
  • Document interactions and engagement for social media, with permission and active participation of visitors.
  • Recruit other high-school-age students for the museum’s Youth Advisory Council.
  • Collaborate with adult docents (who will also be exhibition volunteers) on best practices on engaging the public through this exhibition.
  • Maintain the space.
  • Work a shift for at least three days/week, plus one weekend day every other week during summer.  Shifts will be based on personal schedules.  
  • Participate in additional training and educational programs (optional).
  • Earn community service hours toward meeting school requirements.  

As previously mentioned, training will be provided. You do not have to be knowledgeable about climate change to participate. Applicants should, however, possess the following qualifications:

  • Exceptional communication skills
  • High comfort level speaking to community members and especially children  
  • Interest in climate science, climate issues, and/or social justice
  • Passion for spreading the word about important social issues 
  • Fluent English is required; proficiency in additional languages is a plus

How To Apply:
To apply to the Climate Museum High School Internship opportunity, please fully complete this form below.  You also have the option to submit your resume if you have one (not required).   

Deadline for applications: May 1, 2019. 

The Climate Museum embraces diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences within our team.