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Teen Explainers Program

Teen Explainers wave on Zoom call
Teen Explainers wave on Zoom call
2021-22 School Year Teen Explainers Cohort Applications are now OPEN!

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).


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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 enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the museum. It was very interesting because I had little knowledge of the subject before going into the program. I also really liked the social aspect of it all, as I now feel much closer to my fellow Teen Explainers than I ever would have expected" -Teen Explainer, 2021

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: 2021-22 School Year Cohort

Total HoursAnticipate 90 total hours
Time FrameOctober 20th-April 13th
Monthly Time

15-20 program hours/month

Program Structure

Group meetings every Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Group meetings on Saturday October 23rd, November 6th and November 20th from 10:00am-12:30pm

December through April: teens will work two selected 2.5-hour Saturday gallery shifts each month. These shifts focus on engaging directly with museum visitors through interactive activities. Gallery shifts take place instead of Saturday group meetings.

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. 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 2021-22 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 strongly recommended.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided 
  • Opportunities for frequent handwashing
  • Physical distancing and meeting in large rooms with circulation is a priority.
  • 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 open on August 26th and close at 10:00pm on Sunday, September 26th. 

If selected for an interview, they will be held in person in small groups on Saturday October 2nd (10-11:30 am), Tuesday October 5th (4:30-6:00pm), and Wednesday October 6th (6:30-8:00pm)


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Please email Linda Aaron (she/her) and Alissa Rubin (she/her) at  or call 801.585.5702.

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