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YES! interns acquire valuable technological skills and enhance their written and verbal communication abilities through guided workshops. Working with Museum educators, they help visitors experience the Museum in interactive ways. For example, in past years, our interns helped visitors become familiar with the tools of a forensic anthropologist by examining specimens from Museum teaching collections; engaged visitors with the fascinating live inhabitants of the Insect Zoo; and interacted with younger visitors in the Museum’s hands-on Discovery Room.

In early fall, interns rejoin us for a ten-week college preparatory program that rounds out the third component of our program. Students will be guided through the college application and orientation process in sessions covering an array of topics.  Interns also benefit from tours of local colleges to help them prepare for their pursuit of higher learning.  To continue refining their communication skills, students will resume their rotations in the exhibit halls presenting cart activities to visitors as well.

The Youth Engagement through Science program aims to form a bridge between the Smithsonian Institution and students interested in STEM careers by providing new avenues for them to understand and participate in scientific pursuits at the next level.


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