Internship Opportunities

Development/Fundraising Intern

Job Description
Assist with the day-to-day fundraising activities of a major museum, planning and development of the Museum's annual fundraising gala, and administrative support for mailings. This internship is structured to provide the intern with valuable, real-world experience in a non-profit environment.


  • Work closely with staff to execute A Timeless Affair, Fernbank Museum's annual black-tie fundraiser.
  • Provide administrative support for event mailings, record keeping and logistics.
  • Assist with A Timeless Affair pre-party and other donor recognition events.
  • Help with other development activities as needed.

Majors: Museum Studies, Business, Marketing, Communications, Event Planning
Career Areas: Fund Raising, Non-Profit Management, Marketing, Communications, Event Planning
Skills: Organized with attention to detail; Ability to work independently; Computer proficiency in Word and Excel programs.

Availability: Throughout the year.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week

Contact: Lisa Bunce, Personnel Administrator,

F.U.N. Program Intern

Job Description
The role of the F.U.N. Program Intern is to supervise, mentor and evaluate Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) youth volunteers and organize their daily routine.


  • Assist Museum Education staff with developing and executing museum orientation for new FUN volunteers.
  • Reinforce science/natural history content within all FUN volunteer roles.
  • Provide appropriate ongoing guidance and mentoring to both new and continuing FUN volunteers. Topics continually reinforced include presentation skills, strategies to improve competence, helping to build confidence, the importance of good manners, a neat appearance, providing good customer service, and important museum information (IMAX show times, hours, admission prices).Also help to reinforce the Code of Conduct.
  • Arrange FUN volunteer break times & oversee lunch times.
  • Conduct brief performance evaluations with FUN volunteers during or at the end of shifts.
  • Assist with FUN program assessment. Recommend program changes and suggestions to continually improve the program.
  • Assist with coordination of special FUN program activities and field trips.
  • Provide other administrative support, and other duties as assigned.

Experience Requirements

  • Prior experience supervising or instructing youth aged 13 to 17.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Previous background in science or education is helpful.

Skills and Attributes

  • Mature mentor who enjoys working with youth, and leading by example.
  • Demonstrated interest in science and natural history.
  • Willingness to learn new topics and information quickly.
  • Self-starter who sees projects to completion.
  • Dependable and adaptable to the changing needs of the museum.

Majors: All Natural Sciences, Education, Museum Studies, History, Communications, Sociology, Business, Management, Marketing
Career Areas: Education, Marketing, Communications, Museum Studies, Business, Non-profit Management

Dates of Internship: Summer, but consideration is also given for fall and spring upon request.

Time Commitment: Minimum of 20 hours per week, some weekend dates may be necessary.
All interested candidates may e-mail a letter of intent and resume to

Life Science Programs Intern

Primary Objectives:
This unpaid internship provides an opportunity to learn about the life science programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History and help educate visiting guests and school groups during public programs and field trips. With this position, interns will have the opportunity to lead interpretive forest hikes and public animal presentations. A background in ecology, biology, zoology and/or education is ideal. Applicants must be interested in both outdoor ecological programming and public live animal presentations.


  • Assist Education Programs staff with forest programming and animal presentations
  • Assist animal care staff with regular animal care tasks, including but not exclusively: enclosure maintenance, feedings, records and insect maintenance.
  • Become familiar with and handle members of Fernbank Museum’s live animal collection. Live animals include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and mammals.
  • Assist education staff with various program preparations and planning
  • Assist small school groups in interpretive hike and restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species; assist with orientation and supervision.
  • Assist Education Staff with other programs and tasks as needed.    
  • Time will not be divided equally between animal and environmental programs.


  • Background and/or strong interest in education, biological sciences, exhibit interpretation or related fields.
  • Comfortable working a combination of indoor and outdoor for multiple hours, with some varied terrain
  • Comfortable working hands-on with live reptiles and invertebrates.
  • Strong interest in working directly with student groups and Fernbank Museum visitors.
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience working with the public.
  • Willingess to learn about the programs and study/work independently if necessary.
  • Compliance with Museum policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to work outdoors and walk/hike up to 2 miles and have physical skills necessary to perform basic restoration activities (bending, digging, some lifting, working with tools, etc).

Time commitment
This internship will average 15-20 hrs/wk; A total of 150-200 hours is expected throughout the semester. Weekly hour totals will vary according to program offerings. There is some flexibility in scheduling if necessary.

Dates of internship:  Fall (Sep-Dec), Spring (Jan-May), Summer (Jun-Aug)

Contact: Lisa Bunce, Personnel Administrator,

Membership Intern

Job Description
Assist the membership manager and department members with membership programming.

1. Assist with membership sales, renewals, and upgrades
2. Contribute to overall fundraising strategy and membership campaigns
3. Provide administrative support for membership campaigns, programs and events
4. Record membership data and gift entries

Majors: Museum Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, History, Scientific Illustration, Computer Science, Business, Fundraising
Career Areas: Museum Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Information Technology, Business, Fundraising


  • Works well with public.
  • Typing and data entry skills preferred.

Date of Internship: Available throughout the year.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hrs/week, including weekends

Contact: Lisa Bunce, Personnel Administrator,

Museum Administration

This intern will assist the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Office.


  • Assist in research projects
  • Assist with historical document maintenance
  • Assist with day-to-day Museum administration
  • Assist with other projects as needed

Majors: Education, Museum Studies, Marketing, Business, Communications, Finance, Management
Career Areas: Museum Studies, Communications, Finance, Business, Non-Profit Management

Date of Internship: Available throughout the year.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week.

Contact: Lisa Bunce, Personnel Administrator,

UrbanWatch Intern (Environmental Education/Ecological Restoration/Tree Inventory)

Availability: Year-round

Time Commitment: 5 - 15 hours per week

College Credit: Each intern must provide verification that he/she is receiving academic credit for the internship prior to beginning the assignment. All Fernbank internships are unpaid positions

Major Job Functions May Include (actual internship duties will be determined on an individual basis):

  • Attend necessary training sessions and read materials related to the program
  • Become well versed in the local ecology of Fernbank Forest and the Piedmont region of Georgia
  • Help locate, ID, and measure local tree species
  • Update tree inventory spreadsheets
  • Map individual trees
  • Work with Fernbank Museum and Trees Atlanta on the Champion Tree Project
  • Develop tree related educational programming
  • Update forest photo-points
  • Assist school groups in an interpretive hike and restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species; assist with orientation and supervision.
  • Attend native plant rescues with the Georgia Native Plant Society
  • Assist with continued maintenance of restoration areas (watering, weeding, etc.)
  • Conduct research relating to the on-site ecological restoration project
  • All interns will complete a final project before completion of internship


  • Background and/or strong interest in restoration, botany, education (formal or informal), gardening, horticulture or interpretation in an outdoor setting
  • Good knowledge of local Piedmont plant species (trees in particular)
  • GIS/GPS skills a major plus
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with the public
  • Willingness to learn about the program and study independently if necessary
  • Compliance with Museum policies and procedures
  • Must be able to work outdoors and walk/hike up to two miles and have physical skills necessary to perform restoration activities (involves some lifting, bending, digging, working with tools, etc.)


  • Secondary Education
  • Science (Biology Sciences, Geology, Hydrology, Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Botany, Horticulture, Microbiology, Zoology)
  • Anthropology, Ethnobotany

Career Areas:

  • Science and Secondary Education
  • Botany/Horticulture/Silviculture/Dendrology/Forestry
  • Informal or Formal Education
  • Interpretation
  • Outdoor field studies/research

Contact: Lisa Bunce, Personnel Administrator,