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Teen Explainers Program


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What is Teen Explainers?

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

COVID-19 Safety 

Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 School Year Teen Explainers program will be a hybrid experience of virtual and in-person engagement (when it is safe to do so). See below for safety measures.

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

“Working as a Teen Explainer has changed my view of museums. It has made me realize just how valuable museums are to the communities around them, and it made me realize just how fun museums truly are.” -Teen Explainer, 2020-2021

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 trainings.

Click here for a promotional flyer about the Teen Explainer Program.

Program Structure: School Year Cohort 2020-21

 Teen Explainers 2020-21 School Year Cohort
Total HoursAnticipate 70 total hours
Time FrameOctober-March
Monthly Time

10-12 program hours/month


Trainings every Wednesday afternoon 4-5 pm and 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10-12pm

4 independent work hours per month

 *Hours and schedule are subject to change depending upon museum closures or community circumstances.*

• The first 8 hours are unpaid internship training hours. 
• After completing the 8 unpaid training hours, Teen Explainers are paid hourly wages.
• Participants may elect to participate as a volunteer.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

Teen Explainers in the galleries

Prioritizing your safety is our number one priority. 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
  • They will not be required
  • All staff and Teen Explainers will have mandatory masks on 
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided 
  • Opportunities for frequent handwashing
  • Minimum 6-foot social distancing required
  • Group meetings will have no more than 15 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

How to Apply:

Online applications must be submitted no later than 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interactive virtual interview on Zoom either Wednesday, October 7th (7-8:30 p.m.); Thursday, October 8th (4-5:30 p.m.) OR Saturday, October 10th (2-2:30 p.m.)

Required Wednesday training sessions will begin October 14th from 4-5 p.m.




Please email Linda Aaron or Alissa Rubin or call 801.585.5702.

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