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Teen Explainers Program

Teen Explainers working in the galleries.
Teen Explainers working in the galleries.

Applications for our Summer 2023 cohort are now OPEN! Read on to learn more.

What is Teen Explainers?

Teen Explainers is a paid high school internship program focusing on communication and learning about museums. Teen Explainers engage NHMU guests and the public in interactive learning experiences.

Teen Explainers can participate in a school year cohort (October-April) or a summer cohort (June-August).

NHMU is grateful to our generous funding partners who are helping to make Teen Explainers possible including the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Charitable Foundation, Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation, The Janata Family NHMU Teen Explainers Endowment

What's In It for You?

  • Receive training on effectively engaging public audiences

  • Meet museum professionals and have access to behind-the-scenes tours

  • Build professional development and communication skills

  • Make new friends and share fun experiences with peers

  • Great addition to your resume

"I think my communication skills flourished as a Teen Explainer due to my extensive time engaging with all sorts of different people" -Teen Explainer, 2021

"I really enjoyed the collections tours and working gallery shifts. I thought the collections were incredibly interesting and it was amazing to be able to go behind the scenes to look at them. The gallery shifts were always entertaining and it was incredibly rewarding to be able to work with children and to make a difference in their days." -Teen Explainer, 2022

“Honestly, it was much more than anything I could've imagined. I will never forget this experience or the people I got to meet and be around. I loved this program and I genuinely wouldn't trade it for the world. It was a great role to learn how to take charge and become a better leader, to develop communication skills and also to have fun in a safe environment. This program is amazing, and so are the leaders.” – Teen Explainer, 2022

“I loved being able to learn and educate at the same time. I always love to learn more things, especially when you are learning from experts themselves, but being able to educate others on what I was learning made it even more satisfying. I also loved doing these things with the community of people that I met.” – Teen Explainer, 2022

Who Should Apply?

Eligible candidates are high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 who are curious, mature, open-minded, and excited to learn more about communication, science, and museums. Candidates should have an interest in learning and helping others learn, and the ability to work as a team member. Teen Explainers must be able to attend all required group meetings.

Program Structure: 2023 Summer Cohort

Total HoursAnticipate 60 total hours
Time FrameJune 17th - August 22nd 2023
Monthly Time

Approximately 20 hours per month

Program Structure

In-person group meeting every Thursday from 10:30am-12:30pm

In-person group meeting every other Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm

1 hour Zoom meeting every other Tuesday 10:30-11:30am

(This semi-hybrid format is to make the program more accessible and flexible during the summertime. This is also to reduce commuting time from 2-3 times a week)

In July and August: teens will work an additional two selected 2.5-hour gallery shifts each month. These shifts focus on engaging directly with museum visitors through interactive activities. They will occur on Thursdays after group meetings or Fridays.

Approximately 2 independent (at home) work hours per month which includes readings, videos, and planning

Field TripsOptional field trips offered
 *Hours and schedule are subject to change depending upon community and campus guidelines*


Teen Explainers are paid hourly wages starting at $11.00/hr. Participants may elect to participate as a volunteer.

As musuem staff, Teen Explainers will have the abiilty to ride UTA transportation free for the duration of the internship.

Teens posing on a hike on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Teens posing on a hike on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail

How to Apply

Applications are now open for the summer 2023 cohort! The application deadline is April 14th 2023. Please Click Here to submit your application. 


The application is also available in spanish, Click Here to apply.



Please email Erin Shupe (she/her) at  or call 801.581.3774

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