Public Programs Intern


Chabot Space & Science Center is a leader for innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) learning. Serving as a home for science in Oakland since 1883, Chabot inspires and educates learners of all ages on the Universe and planet Earth. Chabot is currently embarking on a historic partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center to create novel learning and career opportunities in our current space renaissance for our community. We are expanding our team of impassioned visionaries to join us in rethinking equitable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education for all.



Chabot Space & Science Center has an exciting opportunity for a creative, enthusiastic person who is seeking opportunities to develop skills in the areas of community collaboration and public program development.  CSSC offers programs for a wide range of audiences and explores an exciting array of space and astronomy themes and is embarking on a new venture with the NASA Ames Research Center to create accessible STEAM community engagement and education opportunities in Oakland and beyond. The internship would play a vital role in assisting program staff to develop programmatic concepts and designs, organize content and participate in the implementation and evaluation of our public offerings. The five-month internship (beginning in April –August) is designed to foster an understanding of how programs are built from the ground up in order for us to achieve our goal of providing unique and impactful experiences that inspire curiosity and participation. Interns will gain experience in science education, event planning, museum programs, and community engagement.



Work under the direction of the Public Programs staff to help plan and coordinate our public programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and compile a database of potential program partners, including local science-oriented organizations, lecturers, community groups and stakeholders, musicians, artists, existing community organized events, etc.
  • Send email correspondences and phone calls to engage with local program partners and work with existing partners to develop program offerings.
  • Input content and help to maintain shared program calendars, create timelines for events and engage staff as needed for planning purposes.
  • As needed, post content to social media under the guidance of CSSC’s marketing and social media staff.
  • Help to implement events by creating supply lists, ordering and organizing supplies, helping with set-up and breakdown, and oversee the success of the implementation of the program by helping with day-of coordination and working alongside CSSC staff.
  • Gather data from participants during programs and administer surveys and follow up events with post-reporting on data collected.
  • Assist with administrative tasks that support the public programs as needed.


  • Applicants for this position are not required to have previous professional or museum experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable speaking and interacting with all levels of staff.
  • Outgoing demeanor; Enjoys interacting with individuals or groups from the general public.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; Must be able to juggle multiple projects at one time and remain calm under pressure.
  • Able to meet deadlines and complete projects under minimal supervision.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, problem-solver and flexible; A desire to gain hands-on experience in event logistics and preparation; Previous customer service and event planning experience a plus; Must be computer literate; MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of Vista/ ALTRU ticketing systems a plus
  • As this is a paid internship, all applicants must be lawfully eligible or authorized to work In the U.S. without the need for employer-based sponsorship. If hired, Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification must be completed prior to the start of employment.
  • All CSSC staff, including interns, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all qualifications unless legal or institutional requirements apply to the role.



Internships are open to undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates or other individuals with an interest in event logistics and planning. This is a paid internship. If applicable, academic credit may be available through your college or university.



Reports to Public Programs Developer



16-20 hours a week, however flexible. Five-month commitment is preferred, but not required. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. This is an in-person position.



$2000.00 stipend for the completion of work. Payment arrangements can be negotiated.



Ability to remain solitary for extended periods of time. Ability to move 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



Will operate a computer, phone, radio, moving carts, and bins, temporary signage and other front desk materials as needed. Most work will be in a connected office/museum setting, which is wheelchair accessible.



Email Public Programs Director, David Budin at dbudin@chabotspace.org. Include resume and cover letter.

Chabot Space & Science Center strives to offer an accessible recruiting and hiring process for all. If you would benefit from reasonable accommodation at any stage in the process, please reach out to the hiring manager directly at dbudin@chabotspace.org


Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Our employees are people with differing strengths, experiences, and backgrounds who share a passion for bringing science to the full range of our community – sparking excitement about a universe of possibilities beyond our planet. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity but also age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, and many other parts of one’s identity. All our employee’s points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.