Youth Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities

The Children’s Science Center offers our youth several different opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills.  Depending on your age, interest, and time available to volunteer, there are a variety of options.  Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the Volunteer Application. If you have specific questions, please contact us.

    

 

 

1Youth and Parent Volunteering

(Ages 13-15)

Youth between the ages of 13 and 15 are welcome to volunteer with an engaged adult at the Lab or at weekend community events. Both the youth and adult are expected to maintain a Volunteer Matters profile and sign up for the same shift. Each member of the volunteer pair is expected to stay for the entire shift and work as a team at the activity to which they are assigned. We request that each volunteer attend one training session each year (this does not have to happen prior to volunteering for the first time). For community programs, volunteers will receive an instruction packet detailing the logistics for the event, information about the activity to which they were assigned, and emergency contact numbers for event organizers. At the Lab, parent and youth teams support behind the scenes operations including stocking experiment and activity supplies.

2Community Programs Youth Volunteers

(Ages 16+)

Youth ages 16 and up are welcome to volunteer for Community Programs events like Family Science Night that occur throughout the region at locals schools and other weekend community events. We request that every volunteer provide their own transportation. We request that each volunteer attend one training session each year (this does not have to happen prior to volunteering for the first time). Volunteers will receive an instruction packet detailing the logistics for the event, information about the activity to which they were assigned, and emergency contact numbers for event organizers.

3Internship Opportunities

 

Children’s Science Center Lab Interns

The LAB Summer Intern will report to the General Manager and work in the Children’s Science Center Lab as a STEM Educator. The Intern will work alongside LAB Staff interacting with visitors, facilitating experiments, and leading groups and individuals through explorations of Science, TechnologyEngineering, and Mathematics. A research project for possible implementation at the LAB is required. 

2018 Summer LAB Intern Job Description

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018.

Summer Camp Interns

With summer a few months away, the Children’s Science Center is looking for interns to support our weeklong Summer STEM Camps at the Lab! This fun opportunity is for those who are looking to earn qualifying academic credit or volunteer service hours. Anyone 16 years or over may apply by sending a cover letter detailing their interest and resume to Internships@ChildSci.org with “Spring Break STEM Camp Intern” in the subject line. Attached below is the Job Description detailing qualifications and requirements, please review before applying.

2018 Summer STEM Camp Intern Job Description

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018.

Latina Scigirls

The Children’s Science Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to instill the love of STEM learning in all children, is seeking interns and volunteers for its Latina SciGirls program. The PBS-designed program showcases STEM learning in Latinas through the incorporation of hands-on activities, multi-media tools, and exposure to accomplished Latina STEM mentors. Over the course of eight weeks, forty participants in grades 3-5 will convene at the Children’s Science Center Lab (11948 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA) to investigate STEM topics ranging from buoyancy to animal habitats to forensic science.

Latina SciGirls will run every Friday evening beginning September 28th to November 16th, with volunteer assistance needed weekly from 5-8:30 PM. We are looking for dedicated individuals who have an interest in STEM and youth development to assist in the dissemination of our STEM curriculum. Spanish proficiency is desired, but not required. All applicants must be 16 years or older and provide their own transportation. The Children’s Science Center will provide all necessary curriculum activities and dinner each week. A mandatory training session will be held on September 23rd (4-6PM at the Children’s Science Center Lab) to familiarize volunteers with the program and its curriculum. Volunteers who commit to all eight weeks of service will qualify as interns. At a minimum, volunteers must attend at least four sessions within the above-mentioned program period. Interested individuals should contact Program Coordinator Traci McGillicuddy (tracimcgillicuddy@childsci.org) for more information.

2018 Fall LSG Intern Job Description

Community Outreach Interns

Community Outreach Interns will report to the Education and Program Manager to offer programmatic and admin support for programs provided throughout the region. The Interns will work behind the scenes at the office and/or Lab as well as facilitating programs off-site at the required location. Must be 16+ years old to apply.

2018 Community Outreach Intern Job Description

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018.

4Youth Leadership Corps

Youth Leadership Corps

The Youth Leadership Corps program is designed for junior high students (grades 6th-8th) with high school students serving as leaders in the group.  We meet once a week 6:30-8:00 pm alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays to work on projects for the Lab, experiments, citizen science, and prepare for volunteer opportunities at Family Science Nights.  Students will earn volunteer hours during many of these activities.  Our purpose is to develop leadership skills, build community and have fun while we engage in contributing to the mission of the Children’s Science Center… for kids by kids.

Those interested can contact Scott Dietrick, our Youth Programs Coordinator, at scottdietrick@childsci.org or complete an application form.

5Youth Ambassador

(School Age)

Youth Ambassadors help us spread the word about the Children’s Science Center through a variety of different activities depending on our needs as well as the age, interest and aptitude of the child. In the past, Youth Ambassadors have been speakers and greeters at our fundraising and informational events, created drawings or models of their vision for the Center, participated in a video shoot, interviewed scientists and more. Activities and time commitment vary throughout the year.