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Teen Explainers Program

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

Applications for our school year cohort of Teen Explainers are now closed. Applications for the summer cohort will open in spring 2023. 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 I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Foundation, Chevron, the Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation, and The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.

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 chilren and to make a difference in their days." -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: 2022 School Year Cohort

Total HoursAnticipate 96 total hours
Time FrameOcotober 19th 2022 - April 15th 2023
Monthly Time

12-15 hours per month

Program Structure

In-person group meeting every Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

In-person group meetings every other Saturday October through December 10:00am-12:30pm

Starting in December, teens will work selected 2.5-hour gallery shifts each month: two every month. These shifts focus on engaging directly with museum visitors through interactive activities. They will occur on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm as scheduled.

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

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 museum staff, Teen Explainers will have ability to ride UTA transportation free for the duration of the internship.


An important note about the 2022 School Year Teen Explainers cohort: While NHMU intends to offer in-person meetings and gallery shifts, we are committed to following the latest health and safety policies. As additional guidance becomes available, our plans could evolve. We will notify applicants about any relevant updates. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

Teens posing on a hike on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Teens posing on a hike on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Your safety is our number one priority. In adherence to the University of Utah’s and NHMU’s COVID safety guidelines, we will be implementing the following safety measures:

In-person experiences will have the following conditions:

  • They will be contingent on current health advisory protocols
  • Mask wearing is recommended.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided 
  • Opportunities for frequent handwashing
  • Group meetings will have no more than 20 people TOTAL including Teen Explainers and staff
  • Everyone is responsible for monitoring their own health status and not come if they feel sick or have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19

Teens in collections with Carrie Levitt-Bussian in front of fossil collections
Teens in collections with Carrie Levitt-Bussian in front of fossil collections
How to Apply:

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in spring 2023 for the summer cohort. 




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

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