Astronomy Internship


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


524 J. Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA 23601


General Statement of Duties:
Under the supervision of the Astronomy Manager, Astronomy Interns are responsible for the operation of the Abbitt Observatory, performance of planetarium programs for the public, and assisting with summer camps and other special astronomy events as assigned. As a member of the Astronomy team, you will work closely with education staff and volunteers to ensure quality experiences for our guests. This internship is designed to offer practical experiences for a person interested in a future career in either informal or formal education.

Duties and Responsibilities:
* Operate solar telescopes in the Abbitt Observatory and educate museum guests about the Sun and the various events on its surface
* Perform public planetarium programs on a variety of topics, including live sky shows
* Serve as an astronomy resource for our guests, answering questions and providing more information as requested
* Assist astronomy staff with summer camp activities as needed
* Assist astronomy staff with star party events, including the operation of the museum’s telescopes for evening observing
* Support, train, and coach volunteer ushers for the planetarium
* Performs other duties as assigned

Internship Details:
- Number of available positions: 2
- Interview Required: Yes
- Minimum Time Commitment: 2 days a week for 8 weeks
- Lodging Provided: No

* Enthusiastic and strong interest in astronomy
* Outgoing personality with strong presentation skills
* Results oriented and productive in a fast-paced environment
* Willingness and ability to learn in a self-directed manner
* Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
* Strong attention to detail, excellent management skills, ability to multi-task
* Excellent oral and communication skills

Essential Requirements:
* Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
* Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and perceive detailed information through oral communication as well as have the ability to make the discriminations in sound.
* Physical requirements include medium work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
* Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and move about on foot to accomplish tasks.
* Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, and utilize repetitive motions.
* Must have close visual acuity to operate a motor vehicle and perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data, transcribing, viewing a computer, and extensive reading.
* The position is subject to environmental conditions for activities occurring indoors and outdoors.

Required Application Materials:
* VLM Volunteer Application:
* Cover Letter
* Resume
* 3 Personal References
* Optional: Letter(s) of Recommendation

Submit application and materials to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Newport News, VA 23601

Fax: 757-599-4897

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
Application Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. EST


  • Math / Science Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • General Education

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 days a week for 8 weeks

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