Internships

Manylabs is a nonprofit that makes and supports open tools for science and education. Through our programs we help learners understand scientific processes, data and mathematical representations of the world. Manylabs projects include sensors, simulations, and hands-on DIY/maker projects with a particular focus on environmental and civic concerns.

At our workspace Manylabs staff and interns work alongside like-minded scientists, educators and makers. Through a competitive application process, residencies are offered to individuals whose innovative open source efforts are poised to transform science and education. Our staff and residents have portfolios of innovative work in their respective areas of expertise be that science, computer science, hardware, education or educational technologies.

The Manylabs workspace opened in March of this year and is under active design and development. Located in the SOMA area of San Francisco on Folsom Street, our building is a three story repurposed industrial space. The first floor of the space is an exhibit and workshop space, the second floor is a maker space, and the top floor houses our open office space.

To apply for these positions please email us your resume and a cover letter.

Current Internships

Manylabs Environmental Sensing Curriculum Development Internship

Manylabs and its residents are working with local school and informal education groups to develop a series of environmental sensing programs based on our existing hardware and software. Read more about these tools in the documentation section of our website. The curriculum will include units on terrarium, aquaponics, air quality and perhaps water quality units for K12.

The Environmental Sensing Curriculum Development Intern will work with the Director of Learning and Community on the development of the curriculum and support documents. This will include:

  • writing ‘how-to’ guides for the software and hardware
  • identifying which topics are taught in which grade level and course in California
  • identifying relevant Common Core State and Next Generation Science Standards
  • developing activities for each of the units,
  • defining the scope and sequence of curriculum, relating them to California grade level classwork and standards
  • running activities with school and informal education groups
  • gathering feedback from teachers
  • refining the curriculum based on testing and feedbacking

Interns are expected to be able to go to our San Francisco workspace weekly. Occasional meetings can also happen in Palo Alto or Mountain View. Interns will be hired on a semester basis with an option to continue through subsequent semesters. Each semester the Manylabs team will work with the intern to define specific project outcomes with regular milestones. Beacuse Manylabs is in its early stages, successful interns will be self-starters whose passions closely align with our social mission. Candidates should have a background in curriculum development and/or teaching. Candidates with science, science education, or technology education are encouraged to apply.

Manylabs Program and Exhibit Development Internship

Staff and residents are now determining how the first floor will be designed as a reconfigurable hands-on exhibit workshop space. We plan to codesign exhibits with school and community groups. We will work with these groups to conduct scientific investigations and then develop the work into exhibits presented to the larger community. This fall Manylabs and its residents will develop:

  1. Its first exhibit, likely focused on the visualization of environmental data, and
  2. Programs with local area schools and community groups that subsequent exhibits will be based on.

The Manylabs Program and Exhibits Intern will work with the Director of Learning and Community on this exhibit design and development effort. The intern will help us to design the physical space, develop and implement programs and build exhibits. Depending on the intern’s skills and backgrounds, the internship project could be to:

  • design and/or begin initial construction of the physical space
  • develop and implement programs with local area schools, informal education and/or community groups
  • work with groups to develop their experience and findings into true hands-on exhibits that go beyond science fair posters
  • develop programs and exhibit elements based on the intern’s coursework or thesis projects

Interns are expected to be able to go to our San Francisco workspace weekly. Occasional meetings can also happen in Palo Alto or Mountain View. Interns will be hired on a semester basis with an option to continue through subsequent semesters. Each semester the Manylabs team will work with the intern to define specific project outcomes with regular milestones. Beacuse Manylabs is in its early stages, successful interns will be self-starters whose passions closely align with our social mission. Candidates with science, science education, technology education, community action, urban planning and/or museum backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.