Internship Programs

The Institute for Learning Innovation is committed to helping train the next generation of free-choice learning professionals. We are seeking passionate, creative individuals to join our team to improve free-choice learning for all.


What interests young adults to visit national parks? What are motivates someone to visit zoos? How do we interview someone on the edge of cliff? How can we support families in pursuing STEM? These are the topics that lead just some of the free-choice learning research we conduct each year at ILI. If you have an interest in learning and want to think critically about how we can understand and support all learning, this is the program might be for you!When you apply to become an intern at ILI you will learn the latest in the methods to investigations of artifacts, specimens, and the laws of physics.

Participating in ILI's Internship Program is an opportunity for you to meet leaders in the free-choice learning field, explore social research methods, learn valuable skills for working with and researching learners of all ages, and have an opportunity to explore your own interests.

Learning Research Internship

Calling all budding social scientists!

This position is ideal for those with an interest in research and evaluation, museum studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, education and learning sciences as well as for those who want to gain practical applied social science research skills.

The Institute for Learning Innovation seeks an individual interested in a future career in free-choice learning research. This year's summer internship project will work in environmental sociology and learning. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of learning and visitor research. Paired with a Senior Researcher, the intern will be involved in instrument design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and report writing. The focus of the project is learning and urban national parks.

About You: You are curious and excited about a potential career in social sciences, equity, and free-choice learning. You want to work with the best firm in the field to learn more about yourself, research methods and research-to-practice. The Institute for Learning Innovation team works remotely and would connect with you via video chats at least three times a week. Thus, we need someone who is a self-starter and reliable team player. If you can manage your time and deliver projects with integrity, please send us a note.

Requirements: You are considering a career in free-choice learning. You have access to the necessary tools (hardware and Microsoft Office) to do this work. If travel is necessary and funded, you could travel to a project site for data collection or a meeting. Ideally you live in the DC-metro area. You have 20 hours a week available to complete work assignments, and can agree to a set schedule.

This internship is paid.

Application Deadline: May 10, 2019

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Communication and Public Engagement Internship

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For additional information on internship opportunities contact:

Judy Koke, Deputy Director and Director of Professional Learning