Science Career Ladder

Science Career Ladder


The Science Career Ladder is NYSCI’s signature education program. It is an opportunity for high school and college students to work at NYSCI and also participate in mentoring, professional development and career preparation activities.

As Explainers on our exhibit floor, Science Career Ladder students are the face of NYSCI. They explain our exhibits, perform demonstrations, support educational workshops and act as role models to students in NYSCI’s out-of-school camps and clubs.  Explainers are easily recognized by their trademark red aprons.

Since 1986, more than 3,000 students have worked as Explainers at NYSCI. Since its inception, the Science Career Ladder has had the mission of encouraging young men and women from across New York City to pursue careers in science, technology, or education.  While working at NYSCI, Explainers benefit from career workshops, networking opportunities, introductions to a range of professions, opportunities to apply for residencies and participate in research, exhibit development and educational outreach.

The history of the Science Career Ladder is chronicled in this 2010 report.

Do you want to apply for a job as an Explainer? We generally hire three times a year and ask for a commitment of at least one year from all Explainers. Learn more. 

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