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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 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:

  • Summer 2019
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
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.
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:

Interns in this position support the Marketing department by developing video pieces that promote the Desert Museum. Videography Interns can either bring their own videography equipment or use the Museum's camera (which has video capabilities); the Museum also has Adobe Premier Elements available for editing purposes.

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 16-24 hour work week, typically Monday - Friday. Interns may have to occasionally work weekend events. The internship sessions typically last 12 weeks and correspond with the following terms:

  • Summer 2019 (May - August)
Internship Duties (including but not limited to):

  • Writing
  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Setting up and operating film equipment
  • Post production editing

Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university at a junior or senior (undergraduate) level; applicants may also be recent graduates (within a year after graduating) from a college or university (or be enrolled in a graduate program). Applicants should have at least one year of course work related to film and be able to provide several examples of completed film projects. Applicants need to be proficient in setting-up and operating videography equipment and should be confident when using 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.


This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to develop videography experience. It is also a rare chance to film in an exclusive environment and contribute materials that will be seen by generations to come!

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