Volunteering at Discovery Space
Volunteers are crucial in helping Discovery Space deliver great Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences. We welcome dedicated, dynamic volunteers (ages 14 and up) to help in a number of ways. All volunteers are equipped for success through orientation and ongoing training. If you enjoy working flexible hours in an energetic environment and have a passion for inspiring a love of STEM, consider applying to become a Discovery Space volunteer!
- Exhibit Floor Facilitator: Enhance the guest experience by facilitating interactions with exhibits and helping maintain a safe, clean environment.
- Education Program Assistant: Assist Discovery Space educators in leading regular (often weekly) programs (ages 0-15).
- Special Events/Outreach Facilitator: Facilitate hands-on activities at events in and around State College, often on weekends and evenings.
- Behind the Scenes Volunteer: Opportunities include exhibit design and construction, office assistance, photography/videography, and marketing.
Time commitments vary depending on the position. Exhibit floor and education volunteers ideally commit to regular shifts of at least 2-4 hours per week. Some positions will require background checks.
Benefits of Volunteering at Discovery Space:
- Be part of the Discovery Space team and see creativity, curiosity, and imagination at work!
- Sharpen your skills, or develop new ones.
- Build relationships and your resume.
- Experience and facilitate informal STEM learning in your community.
- Opportunity to receive a free one-year Family Membership after 50 hours of volunteering during 12 consecutive months.
If you are interested, complete this short Volunteer Interest Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. For questions or information about group volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at .
Thank you for your interest!
Discovery Space Spark Internship
The mission of Discovery Space is to provide engaging science experiences which spark creativity, curiosity, and imagination. Our high school (grades 9-12) Spark Interns will play a role in fulfilling this mission while developing leadership skills and ownership over projects they complete under the mentorship of Discovery Space staff. Spark Interns will select a project that allows them to hone specific college and career skills related to STEAM, education, marketing, and more!
Examples of possible intern projects include:
- Working with an educator as a teaching assistant for education programming
- Designing and creating exhibit signage and video ‘how-to’ guides for visitors and exhibit floor volunteers to better engage users with the content
- Planning and facilitating engineering design learning experiences for guests in our makerspace
- Assisting our marketing staff with photography/videography publications and social media campaigns
- Look out for the internship application to be posted in August!
- Interviews will occur during September
- Meetings will begin the first week of October
- Spark Intern meetings are tentatively planned to occur biweekly on Friday evenings at Discovery Space
- Spark Interns are selected for one academic year
- Prospective interns can gain knowledge of the science center and make their skill sets known to Discovery Space staff by volunteering on our exhibit floor, or as summer Camp Counselors-in-Training.
Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, Discovery Space
Hamer Camp Counselor Program
We are seeking responsible, hard-working and creative volunteers in grades 9-12 to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs) and eventually Camp Counselors to help with Discovery Space’s many summer camps. CITs will work with Discovery Space’s summer camp staff and gain unique experience working with children ages 3 through grade 12 in an informal science setting. Volunteering at Discovery Space is an excellent way to learn about science, education and add valuable community service to one’s high school experience. The Hamer Camp Counselor Program is a 1-4 year program consisting of 3 phases.
Phase 1: Year 1-2 CIT
In year 1-2, CITs will learn the roles and responsibilities of working at Discovery Space and during summer camp. 10-25 hours per week
Phase 2: Year 2-3 Junior Counselor
In years 2-3, Junior Counselors will be given more responsibility to lead lessons and help with camp. 15-30 hours per week
Phase 3: Year 3-4 Camp Counselor
In year 3-4, volunteers who have gone through the first two phases of the program will be eligible to apply for a paid camp counselor position. 15-40 hours per week
Note: To be eligible for this program, applicants are not required to be available for every week of camp. Applicants with three weeks of availability or more will be considered first for positions.
- Participate and assist campers in all activity areas
- Report any behavior problems to the senior counselor in the group
- Act as a role model to all campers
- Make their best effort to learn new skills or improve upon old skills while in their chosen activity area
- Cooperate with all camp personnel to ensure safety for all campers
- Complete tasks and/or assignments given to them by the Camp Director, whether individually or in a team setting (i.e. keeping a daily camp journal, participating in team building activities, etc.)
- Help campers share in the responsibility by setting a good example
- Be prompt, neat, and willing to do more than the minimum requirements
- See that campers keep their belongings in order and out of the ‘lost and found’
- Be sure that campers are properly hydrated and protected from the sun
- Be alert of and report to the office any elements of danger such as broken equipment, loose nails, poison ivy, etc.
- Carry out any additional tasks set forth by the Discovery Space staff