Department: Education

Education Contact: Education & Youth Programs Manager, Sondra Snyder:

Internship Contact: Sr. Manager, Human Resources & Operations, Ethelyn Abellanosa:

Internship Overview
MOHAI interns serve tens of thousands of youth each year through camps, outreach, family programs, fieldtrips, and special events. As an Education Department intern, you will get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of MOHAI’s Education and Youth Programs Department and will gain hands-on experience working with students in a museum setting. Though most of your time will be spent leading students on scavenger hunts in the galleries, interns also help maintain program materials, run activity stations during special events, and have the opportunity to work on personal projects in an area of their interest. MOHAI’s past interns have cited the skills and resources they’ve gained in this internship as instrumental in achieving employment at MOHAI, the Museum of Flight, the Woodland Park Zoo, and other institutions. To learn more about MOHAI’s youth and family offerings, click: here!


  • Assist with school-group entry, introductions, and activity rotations
  • Facilitate scavenger hunts and object-based inquiry with visiting school groups
  • Monitor galleries and assist students and visitors with way finding and other questions
  • Set-up and take-down of school and family program materials
  • Engage youth and families in activities during Free First Thursdays, Maker Days, and special events
  • Maintain, clean, and restock Exploration Backpacks, Portable Museums, and field trip materials
  • Familiarize yourself with Seattle history and museum pedagogy through gallery exploration and readings
  • Work with MOHAI staff to identify and complete a personal project in an area of your choice
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Time Commitment: minimum 8 hours per week
  • Internship Hours: 9:20 AM – 1:20 PM, Monday – Friday, with consistent days per week
  • Internships run on a quarterly basis:
    • Fall 2018: Sept 24 – Dec 14. Applications due Aug 20.
    • Winter 2019: Jan 7 – Feb 22. Applications due Dec 3.
    • Spring 2019: April 8 – Jun 21. Applications due Mar 4.
  • Interns are welcome to re-apply for an additional quarter with increased responsibility


  • Interest in education, historical interpretation, museum pedagogy
  • Experience and enthusiasm for interacting with youth and diverse community groups
  • Strong verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)


  • Opportunity to build and improve teaching skills with guidance and feedback from MOHAI’s educators
  • Professional development opportunities such as networking, workshops, and intern-staff mixer
  • Experience working in a professional museum setting with staff, fellow interns, and volunteers
  • Access to MOHAI’s education collection and teaching tools
  • Free admission to MOHAI and store/café discount for duration of internship
  • One-year individual membership to MOHAI upon completion of internship
  • Fulfillment of college internship requirements and credit (program-dependent)
  • $250 stipend upon successful completion of internship quarter ($175 for shortened Winter quarter)

To Apply:

Please send: Ethelyn Abellanosa your resume and a short cover letter describing your goals and interests as they relate to this internship, relevant previous experience, and availability.