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Saltz Internship Program

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What would it be like to dissect a telescope? How do snakes see in the dark? What ocean creatures provide over 50% of the oxygen that we breathe? Have you ever held a creature that could kill 30 people? Come explore these topics and more at interactive carts in the Museum’s most popular Halls. If you have an interest in science and want to inspire Museum visitors, this is the program for you!

Consider becoming a Saltz Intern and learn to use equipment and technologies to guide visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens, and the laws of physics. Use pieces of a telescope to explore how scientists view astronomical bodies in the Hall of the Universe, or discover how a snake’s vision is similar to Infrared cameras. In the Hall of Ocean Life, dive into the tiny but powerful work of plankton, or pass around some poisonous sea creatures and their victims.

Participating in the Saltz Internship Program is an opportunity for you to meet Museum personnel, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors.

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Academic Year - Application is CLOSED

  • Interns participate in 4 full-day MANDATORY Saturday workshops for science content, communication skills, and teaching skills at the beginning of the internship.
  • Saltz Interns complete 100 hours of visitor interaction and workshops over the course of one academic year running from October to May. 
    • Interns work 4 hours each Saturday for 20 Saturdays throughout the academic year. Two shifts are available each Saturday: 9:30 - 1:30 and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. (80hours)
    • Interns attend 6 MANDATORY advisory sessions throughout the Academic Year from 4:30 - 6:30 on the following Fridays: November 30, January 18, February 8, March 8, April 5, May 10. (12hours)
    • Interns work 1-2 public events during the year. (8hours)
  • Interns receive a metrocard, and uniform while in the program and a stipend once the program has been completed.


The Saltz Internship Program is an intensive learning and work experience intended to build upon the Museum's (After School Program).  Preference will be given to youth who have completed two After-School Program courses in life sciences, astronomy, or earth and planetary sciences, but all are encouraged to apply.

Saltz Internship applicants MUST:

  • Live in or attend high school in New York City.
  • Be at least 14 years old by the start of the program.
  • Have Valid Working Papers.
  • Submission of Online Application and Short Answer Responses via application link.
    • Each Answer should be 1 paragraph of 4 – 5 sentences 
      • What do you hope to gain from participating in this science internship?
      • What science topic do you find most interesting? Why?
      • What career are you interested in and how will this experience at the Museum help you further your academic and career goals?

Summer - Application CLOSED

Details and Application will be available this Winter.



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

Additional support for the internship program is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation and the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation. 

Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by Kaplan Test Prep.