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YES! Teen Interns

The YES! interns of 2014 pose for a group photo with their mentors and the museum's Youth Programs staff. Photo by Smithsonian Institution.
by Angela Han -- Jul 2, 2014

Seriously, where else can high school interns analyze small mammal skeletons, design extraterrestrial mining curriculum, and skin and stuff...

YES! intern Jordan looks at black-eyed Susans in a Smithsonian garden. During her internship with Smithsonian Gardens, she learned how a greenhouse operates. Smithsonian photo.
by Jordan -- Jul 15, 2014

Have you ever wondered about the plants placed all around the grounds of the Smithsonian? Did you know the Smithsonian has 14 greenhouses?!...

YES! interns Aldair (left) and Maria take the fossil cart through the museum. Photo by Smithsonian Institution.
by Aldair -- Jul 8, 2014

Many students in high school apply to the YES! program, but only a few are given the...

Tiffany is a high school intern at the Museum who learned how to identify plants using DNA barcoding and genetic sequencing. Photo from Smithsonian Institution.
by Dan Kulpinski -- Oct 16, 2014

Tiffany is a high school student from Maryland who has been a Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) intern at the Museum for three years – one...

YES! interns Melissa (left) and Tho prepare rodents in the mammal collection during Melissa’s first year in the program. Photo from Smithsonian Institution.
by Melissa -- Dec 23, 2014

At age 14, I was already skinning a small desert rodent and a panther at the National Museum of Natural History. I gave my first tour of the...

Joanne feeds a prehensile-tailed porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) in the Small Mammal House at the National Zoo. Photo by YES! intern Brook, Smithsonian.
by Joanne -- Oct 15, 2015

Hi! My name is Joanne, and this past summer I interned at the Small Mammal House at the ...

YES! intern Gabe peers into a microscope and sees ostracods, right, a type of microscopic marine fossil. Photos by YES! intern Gabe, Smithsonian.
by Gabe -- Oct 16, 2015

A high-school intern learns there is more to paleobiology than giant Triceratops skulls and ancient T. rex teeth.

Luís and Camile learn about a piece of cave rock during their behind-the-scenes visit with Geologist Ben Andrews. Photo by Adam Blankenbicker, Smithsonian.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Jan 21, 2016

Two D.C.-area teens and former Smithsonian interns, Camile and Luís, recently returned in search of answers to their questions about volcanoes....

YES! intern Manuel holds an Atlas moth pupa behind the scenes at the O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Photo by Smithsonian Institution.
by Manuel -- Aug 6, 2014

You might think scientists are boring, nerdy, and quiet, but at the YES!...