Museum Education and Employment Program

Part of Internships for Higher Education

Looking for a unique and challenging summer experience?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum Education and Employment Program is currently on pause for 2021. We encourage you to look at our website in January 2022 for updates on the Museum Education and Employment Program.


A paid summer internship with the Museum Education and Employment Program (MEEP) may be just right for you.

MEEP interns are responsible for developing and presenting themed tours to visiting camp groups, and engaging visitors at educational touch carts in the Museum halls. The program provides on-the-job training and exposure to careers in science, museum education, and related fields. Participants work closely with Museum scientists and educators exploring scientific content and learning valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages. MEEP is a great opportunity for young adults to have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors.


Eligibility (for the 2020 program)

  • You MUST be a permanent resident of New York City.
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduated undergrad in the past 3 months.
  • Must be available to start June 1, 2012, and work 9:30am-5:00pm from June 1, 2020 through August 9, 2020.
  • Applicants should be outgoing, able to master and articulate the content of Museum halls, and enjoy working with children.
  • Knowledge and/or interest in science strongly preferred.
  • Applicants must complete a detailed application, including a cover letter and resume.


  • You MUST be available Monday through Sunday June-August from 9:30 am-5:00 pm.
  • Training Availability
    • Monday - Friday June 1 - July 3rd 9:30 - 1:30. (20hrs/week)
  • After completion of training interns complete 5 (4-hour) shifts each week, including weekends, Fridays are one Mandatory shift from 9:30 - 1:30pm


  • In June MEEP interns, receive four weeks of mandatory, paid training in the content of the Museum's halls (including natural and physical sciences, and anthropology), and educational techniques.
  • Interns who successfully complete the training program will be eligible for six weeks of employment working with visiting camp groups and other Museum visitors.


  • In June participants are responsible for learning the material given to them by content experts. This information will be used to create themed Museum tours. Interns will utilize this information, as well as that found through independent research, to create themed Museum tours.
  • During July and August, MEEP interns will present the tours that they developed in June to visiting camp groups. In addition, interns will staff educational touch carts with specimens and artifacts related to the halls.

Essential Info

  • Applications Closed!
  • Due to the large volume of applications received we can not confirm receipt of applications, or provide updates on the status of applications.  Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Museum Education and Employment Program is generously supported by a grant from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.