CU Science Discovery provides a number of volunteer opportunities for people interested in working in K-12 STEM education outreach.

Summer Opportunities

High School STEM Core:

Science Discovery offers high school students volunteer opportunities to assist with K-8 summer camps. This unpaid volunteer opportunity is designed to prepare students for additional paid opportunities within the Science Discovery organization. Those that perform at a high level, demonstrating professionalism and reliability, may be invited to apply for paid opportunities in the future. STEM Core volunteers gain valuable experience in:

  • Classroom settings working with campers, junior counselors, teaching assistants, instructors and Science Discovery staff 
  • Developing interpersonal, time management and communication skills
  • A work environment that encourages personal and professional growth

STEM Core team members are selected through a competitive application process.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 14 years of age by May 1 and no older than a senior in high school.
  • STEM Core team members must commit to scheduled shifts. Shifts will occur Monday-Friday for approximately 7 hours each day (with a minimum of 20 hours/week), based upon applicant availability.
  • Volunteers are required to attend a 2-3-hour training session (date will be provided upon acceptance to the program). If a volunteer fails to attend the required training for any reason, they will be removed from the program. 

Expectations for STEM Core Team Members:

  • STEM Core members are expected to arrive on time and prepared for each shift for which they are scheduled.
  • They are required to adhere to the CU Science Discovery dress code, attendance and behavior policies.
  • All cell phones are to be stowed during volunteer hours unless the volunteer task requires use of a cell phone.
  • Volunteer opportunities with CU Science Discovery consists of working with instructors, graduate and undergraduate students, scientists, other teens and children in grades K-8. As such, professionalism is expected at all times.

If you have questions regarding the STEM Core program requirements, application process or other volunteer opportunities contact Kaylyn Murphy via email.

School Year Opportunities

STEM Education Mentors for Afterschool Math Program:

  • Engage K-5 learners in a math afterschool program with a mission to promote equity in math education. Through play with math-based games and math-based art, participants will learn that math is nothing to fear and, dare we say...FUN! Become a part of Science Discovery's movement to inspire the next generation of mathematicians. 
  • All afterschool math programs will take place on weekday afternoons at elementary schools throughout the Boulder area. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply (all years and majors eligible). 
  • Federal work-study eligibility is appreciated but not required. Pay is available for qualified mentors. 
  • Your estimated time commitment:
    • This is a semester-long commitment expected to last approximately 10 weeks, including training. Mentors may opt to extend their participation for subsequent semesters.
    • During the spring semester, mentors can expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week.
    • All math programs will take place once-per-week from approximately 2:30-4:30pm and will include travel time. 
    • Note: All mentors will be required to attend a training session the week prior to their first site visit and complete a Colorado Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting background check.

Ready to join the Mentor team? Complete this form.

Information sessions outlining the STEM Education Mentor program are scheduled quarterly as needed. In the interim, if you have questions regarding the program requirements or application process, contact Tim Ogino via email.