Gain experience and contribute to science education in BC
High school students, check out the opportunities below for our year-round volunteer opportunities and our annual Barbara Brink Internship. Gain valuable work experience in informal science education and make a difference in our community.
High School Work Experience
We offer all Lower Mainland secondary students in Grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to gain valuable volunteer work experience at our science centre. Teachers are invited to sign up students who they feel would benefit from a placement at Science World.
April 9–April 24
* For any of the dates above, contact us if you'd like to be added to the waitlist.
There are several two-week (80 hours) placement periods throughout the year, the first of which begins in September, following the school year calendar. We can accommodate a maximum of twelve students during each placement period. All placements begin on the Saturday and continue until the third following Sunday. Days off are staggered so that there are five or six students in the building on any given day, including weekends and holidays.
Hours are 8:30am–5:30pm Monday–Friday and 9:15am–6:15pm weekends and holidays.
The registration process is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register your students as soon as possible, as placements do fill up quickly.
Contact Science World in writing (via email.) No telephone reservations please.
Indicate how many placements you would like to reserve, for any of the work terms listed. Each student requires one placement. No more than 2 students from the same school on each placement.
Science World will contact you within five days of your request regarding the status of your application.
If the desired term is full, your student(s) will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be kept apprised of the status.
No later than three weeks prior to the start of the work term, please contact Science World and confirm your reserved placements by submitting the students’ names and phone numbers. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the placements to student(s) on the waiting list. If you have students on the waiting list, you will be contacted up to 3 weeks prior to the placement about any available openings.
Following confirmation, students will be contacted for an interview to determine suitability. If your students are found to be unsuitable for a placement, you will be contacted directly for a replacement.
Barbara Brink Internship
The application process is now closed. Those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you to everyone that applied!
To recognize and celebrate Barbara Brink’s vision and outstanding contribution toward the founding of Science World, an internship program was established. Intended to provide valuable real-world experience in the field of science education, the Barbara Brink Internship is awarded to high school seniors interested in the sciences, who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities.
The successful candidate of the internship will:
- be graduating from grade 12 this spring
- work in a paid position, alongside Science World’s dynamic and professional staff
- have the opportunity to execute one of several projects identified by the Selection Committee or propose a project of their own creation for consideration
- gain once-in-a-lifetime work experience
- upon successful completion of the project, receive a scholarship award toward their post-secondary studies
The Barbara Brink internship is a maximum 12-week program that runs from June to August each year. A schedule will be mutually agreed upon depending on the position/project requirements and the availability of the successful candidate. Generally, a commitment of at least 8 weeks is required.
Your application package must include:
- Your resume
- Contact information for two references: one academic (preferably from a science or math teacher) and one professional (from work or volunteer experience)
- Your most recent report card
Note: Once you start filling out your online application, you'll have 24 hours to complete it.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.443.7553 if you have any questions.