Exponential Center Internship - Summer 2019


Duration: Summer Internship

Location: Mountain View, CA

Department: Exponential Center


The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum captures the legacy and advances the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The Center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact. The Center’s work spans five areas of integrated initiatives: collections and exhibits, research and insights, events, education, and thought leadership. Our mission is to inform, influence, and inspire the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders changing the world.

Join us as an Exponential Center Intern during summer 2019. Projects may include:

Time commitment required: 20-30 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks. Internship days and hours can be determined by mutual agreement before commencement of internship, except Tuesdays are a required internship day.

Dates: Monday, June 17 through Friday, August 23. Start and end dates are flexible provided that you can commit to at least 6 of the ten weeks of the program.

Stipend: $1000-2500, commensurate with skills, experience, and time commitment.

Applications Due: May 5, 2019

Summer Interns notified by May 13, 2019


Range of Intern Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct background research for Center projects
  • Organize transcripts and video interviews of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others
  • Organize, edit, and develop written materials and media content from interviews, oral histories, events, and artifact collections
  • Contribute to development of education video clips, discussion guides, case studies, and curriculum materials
  • Identify video clips or write short articles for text, photo, and video materials published on Computer History Museum website, @CHM blog, and museum’s YouTube channel
  • Assist in organizing and staffing events
  • Assist in developing materials for tours, briefings, and workshops
  • Assist in Center administrative duties including data entry, filing, printing and collating documents, assembling materials

What you can expect from us:

  • Opportunity to be part of a team in a rapidly growing Center in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Opportunity to make an impact through collections, events, or education at a leading museum in the heart of Silicon Valley
  • A culture of excellence
  • Passionate colleagues
  • Exciting collaborative environment
  • A great place for the creative and curious
  • Access to Exponential Center’s team members and executive leadership; interaction with members of the Center and CHM network
  • Invitation to Exponential Center and Museum events
  • Stipend and possible school credit*
* Participants may arrange for academic credit for the internship through their college or university. To do so, they will need to fulfill the number of hours in the Museum required for credit at their home institutions and any additional requirements, such as paper assignments, to qualify for that credit. Pending approval as part of application process, Museum staff can provide supervision for such assignments as well as a letter verifying the student’s participation in the internship program. For upper division or graduate students, if you have a project relevant to the work of the Exponential Center, you may also submit a research/project proposal for consideration as part of the internship.


  • Student (graduate or undergraduate) in relevant field or with relevant domain knowledge, such as Business, Economics, History, Communications/Marketing, English, Museum Studies, Film
  • Track record of excellence and ability to meet critical deadlines
  • Willingness to follow up on assignments with minimum direction and also to work in a team
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Skill in researching, compiling and summarizing a variety of informational materials
  • Experience working with MS Office and Mac OS X environments. Facility with Google Doc applications strongly preferred.
  • Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, Salesforce, proficiency valued.

Please apply online for an internship opportunity by no later than May 5, 2019

How to Apply

Email to: exponential-center_internships@computerhistory.org

  • Cover letter detailing how your experience, knowledge, and skills will contribute to the Exponential Center and what you wish to gain from this internship.
  • Resume.
  • 2 references. Please provide the name and title, email address and phone number for one previous employer/volunteer supervisor and one professor/teacher.
  • 3-5 page writing sample. This could be an academic/class paper, an article, a blog post, or any other piece that you feel shows your best writing.