Sci Comm Works

A woman with black hair in a ponytail sitting at a work table with a young boy with brown hair looking into a white cup full of things to create sound

The Sci Comm Works course runs over semester 2, during which you will:

  • Go behind the scenes of exhibitions
  • Gain skills and confidence in talking to audiences of all ages, from toddlers to adults
  • Practice facilitating early-years STEM experiences, delivering robotics workshops and presenting science demonstrations
  • Get to know a cohort of other fun and enthusiastic tertiary students interested in science communication
  • Take part in 3 days of masterclasses, learning from leading practitioners in science presenting, workshop facilitation and experience design

We’ll show you how we create unmissable experiences for our audiences, and how we bring to life the fun, interactive Scienceworks that we love.

Program structure

The Sci Comm Works program begins with a 3-day intensive at Scienceworks. This will take place from Monday to Wednesday 17-19 July.

Throughout semester 2 (Monday 24 July to Friday 20 October), you’ll get hands on experience working with audiences and applying your skills through 30 hours of volunteering.

On Friday 15 September there will be a training day to check in with the group and prepare for the Spring Holidays.

In October, at the end of the program, there will be a wrap up session.

After the program concludes, you’ll have the opportunity to stay on as a volunteer at Scienceworks!


Application process

Applying is very easy. Just tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d like to do this course.

Applications are open now and close by Tuesday 20 June.

Capacity is very limited for this program. We may close applications early, so please apply as soon as possible.

Once we receive applications there’ll be an informal phone interview. Following that we’ll inform the successful applicants.


We’re looking for curious, passionate and enthusiastic tertiary students interested in finding out more about science communication.

You might be studying science, education, engineering, museum studies, or something else entirely! You don’t need experience. Just tell us why you want to be part of the program.

This course is for undergraduate and postgraduate students. We recommend it for students who are already at least a year or two into their studies – but if you think you’re ready, don’t let that stop you!

You’ll need to be able to attend the 3-day intensive in July, do 30 hours of volunteering between Monday 24 July to Friday 20 October, and attend a wrap up session in October.

You’ll also need to obtain a volunteer Working With Children Check (free), and police check (we’ll cover the cost of this).

Some places in this program are reserved for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. If that’s you, we strongly encourage you to apply.


Sci Comm Works is an initiative of the Museums Victoria volunteer team. Volunteering is a key part of this program and it’s also how you’ll get the hands-on experience.

Find out about other volunteering opportunities.


Please contact the Volunteer Programs Officer, Michelle Giannino, with any enquiries.

Email: [email protected]

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