How to Apply

Steps to Becoming a Galaxy Explorer

Galaxy Explorer Info Session

To learn more about the Galaxy Explorer program and start the application process please attend one of our information sessions held at the Center. Applicants only need to attend one session.

Next Info Sessions:

Fall 2018 enrollment is now closed. Please check back in January for Spring 2019 Info Session dates

Key Requirements:

  • Participants should have an interest in science, math, or technology.
  • Applicants must have completed the 8th grade. Middle school students click here.
  • Ability to speak to and work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
  • A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required in order to participate in paid internship activities.
  • Minimum commitment of eight hours per month.

The Application Process

Applications are accepted year round. Applications will be reviewed May 1 and October 1 for training later that month. If accepted, you will receive an invitation via email to attend the initial training.

  1. RSVP to an Information Session.
    You and a parent/guardian must attend an info session for your application to be considered.  RSVP is required, as space is limited.
  2. Apply Online
    (Note to parents: Application must be completed by student.)
  3. Download Mandatory Parent Permission Forms
  4. Mail to: Galaxy Explorers
    Chabot Space & Science Center
    10000 Skyline Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619
  5. Have a teacher submit a Recommendation Letter
    Mail to: Galaxy Explorers
    Chabot Space & Science Center
    10000 Skyline Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619
    E-mail to:

Introductory, Customer Service, & Safety Training

All new volunteers are required to attend the initial training prior to working in the Center (no exceptions). It’s our way of getting your feet wet. You will be introduced to the history of Chabot, safety procedures, customer service skills, the ins-and-outs of the program, and meet program staff and experienced volunteers.

If accepted you will receive an electronic invitation to start the mandatory training program.