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Office of Education and Outreach YES! 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 YES! Program Assistant Intern to assist with the coordination and implementation of the Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) 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, 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 Internship Coordinator and will be part of the Education and Outreach staff.

YES! Program Overview

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) is a highly regarded science internship and professionalization program for under-resourced youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in science careers. The program provides direct, in-depth access to and engagement with Smithsonian research, collections and experts, college preparation classes, and opportunities to build and use science communication skills to prepare young people to become 21st century scientists or science-minded citizens. The target participants for the YES! program are rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers, mainly Latinos, African-Americans, and females from all backgrounds. Recruitment targets schools in low-performing districts, and through community organizations that provide services to the target populations. In 2020, YES! will serve 26 D.C .-area high school students as direct program participants, approximately 700 museum visitors, and 3,000 youth globally through the YES! Reach 100 initiative.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the summer internship, the Youth Programs interns 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 “YES! 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