High School Science and Digital Learning Program

Work with scientists and other digital-savvy teens to develop an interactive project during this summer internship.

A scientist shares information about the botany collection at the Field Museum with a group of students in a classroom. Images of various plant specimens are laid out on a table as the scientist holds his hands out and lectures. Several cases of wax plant models visible in the background.

Have you ever wished that your science class would happen in the lab with a real scientist to talk to? Would you like to choose a summer project that matches your interests and your goals? Do you love to talk about nerdy things and dream about making videos or comics to share that passion with more people? The Digital Learning Internship could be your first step to a career studying plants, making movies, mending bones, or teaching STEM.

Teens who are selected to be summer interns will spend half of each day working in the lab with an expert that they choose and then spend the other half practicing how to share what they learned through stories, movies, drawings, and photos. No experience is required to qualify for this paid internship, just a passion for learning new things and working with new people. Apply today for a chance to become a scientist for the summer.

The Digital Learning Internship starts on Monday, June 27 and ends on Thursday, August 4. Teens selected for the program must be available to work at the museum Monday through Thursday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. They will have off on Monday, July 4. Each intern will be paid $15.50 an hour for their time.


To qualify for the program teens must

  • Be a high school student expected to graduate in 2022–25
  • Live in the Chicagoland region

Teens who are interested in the internship should apply online at the Field Museum's careers page before Monday, March 21. Group interviews will be scheduled in April, and applicants will be notified if they were accepted in May.

We believe that science doesn't care what you look like, where you live, or what your grades are. Teens from underrepresented minorities and from historically marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Digital Learning Application

For questions about the program, email digitalstudio@fieldmuseum.org