Exploreum Youth Paid Internship Program

Want to be part of an amazing team of educators and explore science every day?

Check out the Exploreum Science Center’s Youth Paid Internship Program.

This program is a great place for motivated teens to gain valuable pre-employment experience in a fun, educational setting. Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside Science Center staff, facilitating positive visitor experiences through an array of tasks and responsibilities as they learn about the world of informal education. Internships are available in education spaces, guest services and behind the scene roles where you will learn how the museum operates and gain valuable skills through your work. Successfully completing the internship can lead to an opportunity to extend the internship throughout the school year, and would also be a great item for resumes and college applications.

Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 14-17 and currently enrolled in a High School or equivalent program.

All internship applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter and two teacher recommendations. Email all application materials to twebb@exploreum.com by May 2, 2022. In the subject line, please include the position in which you are applying for.

Summer training is May 31, 2022 – June 3, 2022

Work begins June 6, 2022 and ends August 6, 2022

Details on Fall and Spring internships coming soon.

Click below to download internship PDFs for each position. In responding, please be sure to specify which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Animal Care Internship

In Gallery Educator Internship

Exhibit Operations Internship

Summer Camp Internship




Guest Services/Gallery Assistant

This is a dual position. As a Guest Services Associate you will be responsible for providing an exceptional, unique and memorable experience that will exceed Guest’s expectations. As a Gallery Assistant, you are responsible for enhancing visitor experience and interaction throughout the Exploreum’s Exhibit Galleries.

Guest Services/Gallery Assistant – Full Description




Join Our Volunteer Team!

Volunteers at the Exploreum play an integral part in bringing the fun and excitement of science to the Gulf Coast Community. As Alabama’s number one family attraction for the last five years, the Exploreum depends on its volunteers for everything from daily operations to special events and exhibits.

The Exploreum welcomes adults 18 and over as volunteers. We accept applicants from all backgrounds; in fact, we believe that diverse backgrounds add to the exciting and innovative atmosphere at the Exploreum.

For direct response on volunteer opportunities, please contact Josie Hilton at twebb@exploreum.com or via phone at 1-251-208-6881.

Volunteer benefits:

  • Valuable experience for resumes and college applications
  • The ability to work toward a paid Exploreum position if you receive positive evaluations
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • Scholarship and internship opportunities
  • Ability to network with Exploreum volunteers and staff
  • Opportunity to see a Digital Dome Theater movie free, on a space-available basis
  • Extra volunteer hour credited for each after-hours special event function’
  • The knowledge that you have contributed to the Gulf Coast community
  • Benefits after 20 hours
  • 10% discount on all items in the Exploreum Gift Shops
  • Two free exhibit only passes
  • Benefits after 50 Hours
    • 20% discount on the cost of Exploreum Membership packages
    • 20% discount on all items in the Exploreum Gift Shops
  • Benefits after 100 Hours
    • Free one-year Family Membership to the Exploreum ($100 value)

Volunteer Opportunities:

With numerous volunteer opportunities, it is easy to find a position that will suit your skills and interests.

Volunteers must provide their own transportation, but we are willing to work with your schedule. Most volunteer positions require a commitment to volunteer four hours a week for at least six months.

You can apply to volunteer in person at the Exploreum Box Office, by phone, or via email.

“It is a pleasure to be associated with the Exploreum Science Center in a volunteer capacity. The staff and administration, exhibits and facility are first rate, and the atmosphere is always upbeat and dynamic. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in helping guests explore and learn as they go through the Exploreum’s exhibits. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful enterprise.”

Catherine King


“I have enjoyed my volunteer experience with the Exploreum since I began working with the Nicholas and Alexandra exhibit. At that time, I was still a full-time teacher and now that I’ve retired I find that helping students (as well as adults) keeps me “teaching” outside the classroom and I love it!”

Margaret Davis Martin


“I’ve enjoyed volunteering at the Exploreum because the work environment was enriching, the co-workers were very friendly and hours were adapted to fit my needs. It was an all-around an enjoyable experience.”

Candace Sams