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Education Internship

by Maya J. Sze on November 12, 2021

Due to restricted access to SERC campus located at Edgewater, MD and/or limitations by groups to access our site and resources, the SERC Education Department is in the process of transitioning back from virtual to a limited onsite-program. A hybrid onsite/virtual internship means working onsite some days of the week and also remotely, delivering content for interactive virtual field trips (iVFTs). Currently our campus is open to small groups, of up to 20 students at one time, though this may change to larger groups by Spring 2022. Interns will be asked to deliver programs onsite, though they
may not be onsite every day of the week.

Internship dates are flexible
Spring internships: 
Run late March-early June

All internships are paid $600/week, and may last between 10-12 weeks. Onsite dorm housing is available on a limited

Please apply online using the portal page:

SERC Education Department’s Mission:

Bridging the science and education programs at SERC. To do this we will engage K-12 students and educators in activities that help them better understand the world around them, using the lens of SERC research.


A virtual Education Department intern will:

  • Learn how to deliver hands-on interactive virtual field trips, with skills such as facilitating the field trip, delivering the content, and managing group breakouts and sessions.
  • Create content related to delivering virtual field trips, activities, and sessions (written or visual)
  • Learn and apply skills related to group management for virtual field trips (in-person if allowed)
  • Learn how to maintain and update the SERC Learning Lab platform for posting Education Department materials such as lesson plans, videos, and activities for teachers and students.
  • Learn how to work effectively with volunteers (from a variety of backgrounds), helping them manage virtual technology and virtual program delivery, with the possibility of some onsite program delivery.
  • Understand how to deliver at least one large scale virtual public engagement event virtually, using science kits delivered to local libraries. Help with creating kits, building content, and delivery of the program to support this event.
  • Learn how to track and manage group program information, bookings, and interactions with groups.
  • Create a final project: Co-creating and delivering one remote field trip program to be presented to SERC at large as well as at least one other group (TBD)


  • Assigned readings of training materials, program content, and background for programs
  • Meetings with Education staff and regularly communicating via Microsoft Teams
  • Check-ins/working on final project
  • Attending trainings by Education staff
  • Maintaining Learning Lab portal for educational content
  • Updating group contact information, notes, and bookings
  • Co-hosting and facilitating online programs
  • Assist with Citizen Science digital initiatives as needed
  • Work with Education volunteers and attend Lunch n’ Learns
  • Help co-host SERC’s Adult Institute of Learning programs (SAIL)
  • If we reopen—care of large aquaria and live turtles
  • If we reopen– manage and maintain program materials, set-up and take-down for programs

For more information contact: Karen McDonald (

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