Q?Crew Teen Volunteers

Photo of a Q?rius teen volunteer helping visitors

A teen volunteer (brown vest) helps visitors in Q?rius build a geological model to mimic tectonic forces. Photo by Nicole Webster, Smithsonian.

Are you interested in science? Do you like talking to people? Are you a teen? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be a good fit for the all-teen volunteer squad – the Q?Crew Program at the National Museum of Natural History.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 summer program.


  • Meet new friends and geek out over science
  • Get new skills in science and in communicating with people from around the world
  • Gain community service hours that may be required for graduation
  • Get special access to behind-the-scenes tours and the opportunity to meet scientists and other experts
  • Free IMAX tickets and free admission to the Butterfly Pavilion
  • Discounts in Museum Gift Stores
  • Free rides on the Smithsonian Carousel

Q?Crew members are 14 to 19 years old and live in the D.C. metro area. New Q?Crew will start in June 2016, and should complete 100 hrs of service before November, with at least two 4-hour shifts per month. Teens will sign up for 4-hour shifts at flexible times throughout the summer, and if they haven’t completed 100 hours by the end of summer or wish to continue volunteering, can sign up for shifts during weekends in the fall.

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