ROOT Program

(Real Operational Outreach Training) Program

The application window for summer 2022 has now closed.

This program is for students who have not yet graduated college and have completed at least one full year of college.

Are you an undergraduate math major (or STEM major) looking to spend a fun summer in New York City while honing your communication and outreach skills and gaining workplace experience?  As a MoMath ROOT participant, you’ll join a dynamic group of other emerging young STEM professionals working to change public perceptions of mathematics at the nation’s premier museum of mathematics.  A total of eight students from around the country* will be accepted for this highly selective summer opportunity to work at MoMath, where they will:

  • Serve as docents in the Museum
  • Build outreach and communication skills
  • Enhance their mathematical knowledge
  • Meet mathematicians from around the world
  • Gain exposure to a variety of interesting programs, lectures, and people
  • Be part of a motivated and talented cohort

The successful candidate will have:

  • A declared major in mathematics or a closely aligned subject
  • A GPA of 3.5 or higher in STEM subjects (as of January 2022)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • A desire to share the joy of mathematics with others
  • Prior experience demonstrating a solid work ethic

The ROOT program includes a full-time, paid position in the Museum.  Participants will receive compensation of $7,200 for ten weeks of service, free admission to most NYC museums, and discounts at Additions, the shop at MoMath.

Accepted candidates who complete the program successfully will be given top priority for the Museum’s Exponent Fellowship upon graduation.

To apply, please email the following to with a subject line that includes “MoMath ROOT program for [your first and last name]”:

  • A cover letter that explains how you meet the qualifications for the position and includes your desired start and end dates
  • A current transcript (unofficial is fine), including grade point average
  • A 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you’ve had related to mathematics
  • Two letters of reference, from either college professor(s) or your supervisor(s) from a position you’ve held.  Letters of reference do not need to be received by April 30 but must be received before final acceptance into the program.  Recommenders should send their letters directly to and include your name in the subject line.

Participants must be able to be present in New York City for ten weeks starting at any time in May 2022 and finishing in July or August, and will be responsible for finding their own accommodations.  The ten weeks do not have to be contiguous.

The application deadline is April 30, 2022, but the application window may close prior to that time if the program fills.  Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

*The Museum welcomes foreign students who are authorized to work in the United States.  This position is ineligible for employer visa sponsorship.