2021 Museum STEAM Student Intern

Feb 08 2021
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Temporary
Job Description

This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-focused internship aims to provide broad exposure and immersive experience in STEAM activities through the Museum’s unique biological and cultural resources. Through this internship, the Museum hopes to inspire students and teachers throughout Hawai‘i to develop the skills needed to understand and effectively engage in museum studies and science, and share their knowledge and understandings with the larger community. 


During Summer 2021, interns will work alongside Collections Managers and Curators in the Museum’s scientific and cultural collections. Previous interns have worked with staff in collections such as Botany, Entomology, Ethnology, Mal​acology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, and the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity. Interns will work with mentors to comprehensively investigate research questions, gaining practice in research and technical skills (e.g. taxonomy, genetics, integrative systematics, curation) while also participating in the care and stewardship of these treasured collections. Training with Education and Visitor Experience staff will include elements of science communication, Hawaiian and Pacific culture, and Hawaiian language. There may also be opportunities for outdoor fieldwork, which may require hiking. 


This internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) summer position for 6 weeks during June and July 2021. Student interns will work closely with fellow student and teacher interns, as well as museum mentors, on collections-focused projects, culminating in a project presentation at the end of the summer.  


During Fall 2021, student interns will engage the public through monthly science interpretation shifts in the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center and at select museum events during school year 2021-2022 (August 2021–April 2022). Interns will develop an educational resource for use during shifts and as an addition to existing Bishop Museum online educational resources. 


REQUIRED Please attach a cover letter and resume. 


OPTIONAL  A high school transcript and letters of recommendation are optional but highly recommended. 


Duties and Responsibilities 

Student Interns will: 

  • Demonstrate commitment tothe Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’svision, mission and values 

  • Assist with research projects in various Natural Science collections through databasing, imaging, and cataloguing of collection specimens 

  • Explore collection-based questions in laboratory and library settings 

  • Utilize verbal and written communication to share learning with peers and the Museum’s public visitors 

  • Foster a positive learning environment and work as a team with fellow student and teacher interns 

  • Practice and present research findings to a general audience 

  • Develop an interpretive educational activity or mini-tour based on internship experience  

  • Interpret science- and collection- focused content during monthly shifts in the Science Adventure Center during school year 2021-2022. 

  • Participate in other projects as assigned 


  • Must be a high school student with at least one academic year left before graduation (current Freshman, Sophomore or Junior) 

  • A positive attitude, an interest in learning, curiosity about natural history, and ability to work indoors, with computers and as a team member, is required.  

  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus.  

Other Requirements 

  • Due to the nature of this internship, schedule adjustments cannot be made for summer school courses that occur between 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday–Friday.