Internship Opportunities at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Thank you for your interest in interning with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The Desert Museum is a zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery that offers unpaid internships throughout the year. Below, you will find a list of available internships; please select the internship posting to view more details. These can be done for credit in coordination with your college or university.

If an internship aligns with your interests, availability and academic goals, please fill out and submit an internship application, as well as submitting a cover letter and resumé to the Volunteer & Internship Programs Coordinator either by uploading with your application, by email lmalanga@desertmuseum.org or by mail (2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson AZ, 85743). If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to call 520-883-3071.

If you don’t see an opportunity that interests you on the internship page, please review our regular volunteer opportunities. Some volunteer positions can be modified to fit the requirements of an internship. Please indicate the volunteer job that most interests you on your internship application.

Current Internships

Internship Description:
The intern for this department will help facilitate informal learning experiences in a dynamic play space environment. The Intern will provide hands-on learning opportunities with all ages and assist staff. Interns gain experience with play-based and informal science education.
Internship Schedule:

This program requires a minimum of 8 hours per week for a 12 week commitment. Interns must be flexible with their schedules and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. The internship sessions typically last 15 weeks and correspond with the following terms:

  • Fall (September - December)
  • Spring (January - May)
  • Summer (May - August)
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):
•Engage children and their caregivers through science based games and activities. •Interpret packrat ecology and natural history. •Encourage visitors to develop empathy for desert animals and teach about the interconnectedness of all living things. •Follow safety protocols and help direct positive behavior •Help organize and prep education materials •Assist Education Staff with Educational Programs •Observe staff and volunteers working in the exhibit and complete an interpretive report (as assigned) •Produce a project or paper
Requirements:
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university (or have graduated in the last year) and have at least one year of study in a related field. Applicants should have a friendly outgoing personality and an eagerness to demonstrate positive leadership skills. Applicants must be willing to endure standing for long periods of time are an aspect of this position. If chosen, a background check will be conducted.
Benefits:
This is a unique internship opportunity that provides the tools towards developing leadership skills while gaining hands-on experience with an AZA accredited facility. Packrat Playhouse Exhibit Guide Interns will gain experience working with children of all age groups, grow their public speaking and interpretive skills, and get experience working in a non-traditional educational setting.
Internship Description:

The Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum Events Intern will assist the Events & Marketing Specialist in facilitating internal Museum events, along with the planning and execution of a wide range of events which include: weddings, corporate meetings, conference dinners, large scale museum events (festivals) and other celebrations as part of the Museum's revenue generating activities.

This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. For school credit, check with your adviser regarding the requirements of your college.

Internship Schedule:

Hours per week may vary widely, estimate 8 - 10 hours per week (one to two days per week). Availability needed for evening for and weekend events. We will do everything possible to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.

  • Spring (January - May)
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):

Creating and maintaining individual event files with contracts, payments, setup materials, work orders, catering information, etc.

  • Data entry in ServiceU event database and internal Museum event planning systems and calendars
  • Assist with site visits for prospective event clients
  • Communicate with Museum departments regarding event needs
  • Preparation of materials for weekly event meetings
  • Assist with execution of events including setup, vendor interaction, trouble-shooting, client interface, clean-up, and follow-up
  • Special projects as assigned
Requirements:

Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university at a junior or senior (undergraduate) level; applicants may also be recent graduates from a college or university (or be enrolled in a graduate program). Applicants must have completed at least one year of course work in a related field of study; for example: performing arts, art & media management, marketing, hospitality, business and entrepreneurship. Applicants need to be proficient in (or be able to quickly learn) Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Applicants should be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time, occasionally working outdoors and lifting up to 50lbs.

Benefits:

Interns will benefit from this internship by receiving hands-on experience with the planning and execution of a variety of events, at a world renowned organization. Interns will have the opportunity to exercise and expand important organization and teamwork skills, while following events from inception to fruition.

Internship Description:
Interns in this position work on developing a catalog of photographs to be used for the Desert Diaries blog, social media, news outlets, etc. and if time/skill permits video pieces that promote the Desert Museum. Interns can either bring their own photography/videography equipment or use the Museum’s Nikon camera (which has video capabilities). The Museum also has Adobe Premier Elements available for editing purposes.
Internship Schedule:
Interns should have flexible schedules to accommodate a 8 -16 hour work week – typically one to two days a week, Monday through Friday. Interns may have to occasionally work weekend events. The internship sessions last 12 weeks and correspond with the following terms: • Spring (January-April)
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):
• Building a photo catalog for the Desert Museum including, mammals, reptiles, birds, plants, and special events • Photo and video editing • Organizing photos on drives. • If time skill/permits for producing, directing, setting up and operating film equipment, and post production editing
Requirements:
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university; applicants may also be recent graduates from a college or university (or be enrolled in a graduate program). Applicants should have at least one year of course work related to photography/film and be able to provide several examples of work. Applicants need to be proficient in setting-up and operating photography/videography equipment and should be confident when using photo/film editing software. Applicants should be able to traverse the Museum’s grounds and occasionally work outdoors; standing for extended periods of time may occur.
Benefits:
This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to develop photography/videography experience in an outdoor environment. It is also a rare chance to photograph/film in an exclusive environment and contribute materials that will be seen by generations to come!
Internship Description:
Interns in this position act as guides and liaisons for school groups that are visiting the Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum on field trips.This is a chance to share your passion for the Sonoran Desert by facilitating educational experiences to future conservationist!
Internship Schedule:
This internship is for the spring semester (January - May). This program requires a minimum of 6 hours per week for a 12 week commitment. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):
• Greeting arriving school groups • Orienting school groups about their Museum visit • Facilitating school group entry into the Museum • Providing some educational facts about the Museum and its collections • Guiding school groups to pre-arranged programming (in the theater or in classrooms) • Coordinating and facilitating lunch times for school groups eating at the Museum • Checking on school groups throughout their visit and providing needed assistance • Produce a project or project proposal
Requirements:
Applicants should have the ability to traverse the Museum grounds in all types of weather conditions (carrying a light bag with paperwork). Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university (or have graduated in the last year) and have at least one year of study in a related field. Applicants should have a friendly outgoing personality and an eagerness to demonstrate positive leadership skills.Applicants must be willing to endure standing for long periods of time are an aspect of this position. If chosen, a background check will be conducted.
Benefits:
This is a unique internship opportunity that provides the tools towards developing leadership skills while gaining hands-on experience with an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facility. School Group Assistant Interns will gain experience working with children of all age groups, grow their public speaking and interpretive skills, and get experience working in a non-traditional educational setting. Great for those pursuing careers education or museum studies.
Internship Description:

Interns in this position complete a natural history of the Sonoran Desert training that has an emphasis on establishing interpretive,animal care, customer service and leadership skills. Interns perform tasks related to the interpretation of the Museum's Stingray Touch exhibit and - while helping to ensure positive guest experiences - they provide guidance and support for their stingray team members.

This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. For school credit, check with your adviser regarding the requirements of your college.

Internship Schedule:

Interns should have flexible schedules to accommodate a 6-8 hour week. Stingray Care Interns make about a 12 week commitment, during the following terms:

  • Fall (September - December)
  • Spring (January - May)
  • Summer (May - August)

Shifts are generally from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Internship Duties (including but not limited to):
  • Facilitating team member check-in
  • Assisting with tasks, related to stingray care responsibilities (please visit the volunteer page to view more information about this position)
  • Organizing stations and rotations at exhibit
  • Providing guidance to guests before they enter the exhibit
  • Assist with basic stingray husbandry (i.e., logging observations, AM diet prep)
  • Relieving team members for breaks
  • Assure the safety of both the stingrays and guests at all times
  • Stingray pool-related tasks
  • Assist with enrichment activities
  • Develop an internship project
  • Other tasks may be assigned
Requirements:

Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university (or have graduated in the last year) and have at least one year of study in a related field. Applicants should have a friendly, outgoing personality and an eagerness to demonstrate positive leadership skills to assist with coaching fellow teammates. Applicants must be willing to endure (shaded) outdoor conditions throughout the year. Standing for long periods of time is an aspect of this position.

Benefits:

This is a unique internship opportunity that provides the tools towards developing leadership skills while gaining hands-on experience with marine animals at an AZA accredited facility. Stingray Care Interns get the chance to expand upon their speaking skills and animal care experience while gaining knowledge of species related to the Sea of Cortez.

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