2019 Adler Summer Teen Internships

High schoolers! Work at the Adler Planetarium this summer!

Apply for a Paid Internship at the Adler Planetarium this summer!

The Adler Planetarium High School Internship Program places students in professional museum roles that range from presenting on the museum floor to assisting in high-altitude balloon launches to working with our astronomers to visualize the Martian surface!

The paid 8-week internship program runs from June 24 to August 16, 2019. Interns work approximately 25 hours per week in a group of their peers.

Applications for Summer 2019 are due on Monday, March 18.

Scroll down for more info about the program and how to apply! Check out videos about past summer interns here.


How To Apply

Please read the complete program information packet (with instructions on how to prepare your resume and cover letter/introduction) before submitting your application. To apply, you must submit the following:

  1. Make sure you have your resume and cover letter/introduction READY. (See below for help!)
  2. Go to http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/career-opportunities/
  3. Under "Current Openings,"click on “Summer High School Intern."
  4. Click "Apply." You will be prompted to create a log-in with a valid email address.
  5. Once you have set up your account, you will be walked through the application.


  • Upload a saved version of your resume to the Resume page.
  • Upload a saved version of your cover letter/personal statement to the Document page.
  • For any section that doesn't apply to you (ex: work history, military history, things you covered in your resume, etc), click "Click this button if you have no information to enter" at the bottom.
  • For Education, please include your high school.

Select applicants will be invited to interview for positions in the third week of April, at which time they will be asked for additional application materials. More information and all links will be available on our website at http://bit.ly/adlerteens.

How to Write a Resumé

Resume: a professional document that shares your previous employment, volunteering or personal experiences, as well as any relevant skills. Resumes provide insight into who you are and what type of employee you might be.

What Your Resume Can Include:

  1. Name & Contact Info
  2. Education (high school only)
  3. Badges earned
  4. Work Experience
  5. Volunteer Experience
  6. Extracurricular Activities
  7. Relevant Skills and Languages
  8. Honors/Awards


  • Make it easy to read: keep it simple and follow the format.
  • Put your experiences in order from most to least recent (aka, put your current stuff before your old stuff)
  • For each experience, briefly describe what you did or what you were responsible for. Hiring staff might not be familiar with abbreviations or clubs you mention.
  • Make sure to PROOFREAD!
  • Don’t worry if it’s short. In fact, it shouldn’t be more than a page long.

Check out this helpful guide for more tips and examples!

How To Write a Cover Letter

Cover letter: a professional document that allows you to explain to an employer why you are the perfect match for the job and organization. Cover letters use information from a resume, school transcript, and personal goals or motivators to state a case. You should always include why you want the position, and why you are the right fit for it.

You can also choose to submit a non-traditional cover letter in the format of a slideshow (PowerPoint), which could feature text and images of your own creation that address the same themes of who you are and why you want to be an Adler Intern.

What Your Cover Letter Should Include:

  • Your name and contact info
  • A greeting
  • What position you are applying to
  • How you are qualified for the job
  • Why you want the job (aka, what about the Adler program appeals to you? how will this help you?)
  • A polite closing

Consider the following questions to guide your cover letter/slideshow. You don’t need to answer any of them, but they are a good starting place:

  • Describe a situation where you identified a problem and took initiative to solve that problem. You may select a situation from your personal life, a job, a club or your school.
  • Describe how at least one item in your resume has prepared you to be an intern at the Adler. Make sure to consider the position you are most interested in when you respond, focusing on your first choice.
  • Think about what skills and abilities you hope to gain from this internship. Why do you need this opportunity at the Adler more than other applicants might?


  • Begin your letter with "Dear Adler Teen Programs team" or something else more general.
  • Use your letter to go into more detail or offer additional info about yourself. Don't restate your resume word-for-word on your cover letter!
  • Reference specific things you read in the job info in your letter -- for example, you saw that a citizen science position is available, and you've always wanted to learn more about how scientists can work with non-science people to do work.

Check out this example letter format for an idea of what cover letters might look like.

Need help on the application? Have questions?

Get in touch with us by tweeting at @adlerteens or by emailing us at youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org!