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Office of Education and Outreach Q?Crew Program Assistant Intern

Posted on Mar 19, 2020 by in The OFI Blog |

Internship Description

The Office of Education and Outreach at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) seeks a Q?Crew Program Assistant Intern to assist with the coordination and implementation of the Q?Crew teen volunteer program. The intern will support the Program Coordinators in the execution of day-to-day tasks and provide management of and mentorship to youth participating in our program. Through this experience, the intern will learn valuable skills in program management, facilitation, science communication, and teen programming. This internship offers a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, field trips, and behind-the-scenes tours while working with youth as both a leader and role model. The intern will report to the Manager of School and Youth Programs and the Youth Volunteer Coordinator and will be part of the Education and Outreach staff.

Q?Crew Program Overview

Q?Crew teen volunteers are the passionate and enthusiastic face of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Q?Crew act as facilitators and explainers for the thousands of visitors who visit Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, which offers hands-on opportunities to better understand the role of research and collections at the museum.  Volunteers encourage visitor exploration of natural history science and culture with fun, experimental and creative hands-on activities, and a collection of 6,000 objects.

Each new Q?Crew volunteer receives training in communication techniques for visitor engagement, natural history science, and collections handling. Q?Crew volunteers participate in behind-the-scenes opportunities, hands-on skills-building workshops, and teen socials.

After completing training, teen participants will be able to work towards their 100 hour volunteer service requirement in Q?rius. This program is a way for teens ages 14 to 19 to obtain community service credit while connecting with peers who share similar interests in natural history science.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the summer internship, the Youth Programs intern will be better able to:

  • Understand best practices of informal education methodologies.
  • Assist with museum programming and interact with a wide variety of museum audiences.
  • Interact with teen audiences from diverse communities.
  • Understand and execute the evaluation process for Youth Programs and activities in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center.

Intern Opportunities

The intern will assist with implementing NMNH Youth Programs curriculum by doing the following:

  • Join the Youth Programs team to assist with daily program management, facilitation, logistics, and evaluation.
  • Help organize and facilitate enrichment opportunities and field trips for youth to other Smithsonian locations.
  • Help organize and facilitate teen workshops.
  • Help organize and facilitate regular check-ins, assessments and evaluation of youth programs participants to evaluate their progress.
  • Assist NMNH Youth Programs staff with the documentation of youth programs.
  • Attend ongoing youth program meetings and professional development sessions as needed.
  • Perform adjusted or additional duties, as needed.


The Office of Education and Outreach accepts current and recently graduated undergraduates or graduate students studying museum studies, museum education, general education, natural science, and other related fields. Ideal applicants will have: an enthusiasm for working with teens, eagerness to learn, an ability to work with large groups in a fast-paced program, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of and/or experience with youth programming is an asset. Experience with photography and photo management also an asset.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, one Letter of Recommendation and a college transcript (unofficial are accepted) to: with “Q?CREW PROGRAM ASSISTANT INTERN” as the subject.

Schedule Commitment

This internship begins June 22 and runs through August 14, 2020. The intern’s schedule will be 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday.



Application deadline

Sunday, April 12th, 2020