Saltz Internship Program

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The Saltz Internship Program is currently on pause. We encourage you to check back for more information in Fall of 2022.

The Saltz Internship Program is an education and employment program for New York City high school students, aged fourteen years and up. Interns facilitate science conversations using artifacts, specimens, models, and scientific tools on mobile stations throughout the museum and at dioramas and displays in museum halls with museum visitors. 

As an intern you can explore scientific and cultural content, improve communication skills, gain experience having science conversations, develop relationships with museum staff and other interns from across the city, while engaging with museum visitors from around the world! As a participant in the program you will also participate in college and career readiness workshops, and gain exposure to a variety of STEM careers. 

Time Commitment

All interns are expected to commit to:

  • Participating in the internship from February - August. 
  • Attending a week of Mandatory training
  • Completing continued training (4 hours) shifts each Saturday from March to May
  • Completing 100 hrs of shifts in July and August


All interns can receive: 

  • A $900 Stipend
  • Chance to meet other students from across the city
  • Metrocards for travel to and from the program
  • Opportunities to go behind the scenes and visit labs, collections, and meet scientists
  • Tickets to visit special exhibitions at the museum
  • An AMNH badge with access to other museums across the city
  • Opportunities to attend career and college workshops at AMNH
  • Opportunity to take free Kaplan SAT Prep workshops

Eligibility and Prerequisites

AMNH is a global museum in one of the most diverse cities in the world and we are committed to building an inclusive youth community that reflects that diversity. We understand science is improved by a diversity of perspectives working together to understand our world. We believe in addressing the barriers that prevent everyone from equally participating in science, particularly on the basis of race, gender, socio-economic status, and/or sexual orientation. We invite high school students across New York City to experience science in a way that is creative, social, and relevant. We are committed to providing opportunities to all students, with a focus on those who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds. We also accept students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Join our community and explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe at the Museum.

Saltz Internship applicants must:

  • Live in New York City and/or Attend High School in New York City
  • Be at least 14 years old by start of program and be a current Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior.
  • Submit an Online Application and Short Answer Responses via application link.
    • Each Answer should be 1 paragraph of 5-6 sentences
      1. How will this internship benefit your school and/or career pathway?
      2. Describe something unique that you bring to a team and how it would benefit you as an intern at the AMNH.
      3. What have you found most challenging about the sciences you’ve studied in school?
      4. Outside of school, what science topic(s) have captured your attention most recently? Why?
      5. Reflect on a challenging obstacle that you have faced. What have you learned from that experience?

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This program is made possible by a generous gift from the Gary Saltz Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is also provided by the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation and the Eugene M. Lang Foundation.

The Museum’s Education Collection is generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Elysabeth Kleinhans.