Youth Engagement through Science (YES!)

Watch the 2014 YES! teen interns present interactive science activities they developed.

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) is a 12-week career immersion and science communication program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from high schools in the Washington, D.C., region. The YES! program, which runs from June to October, accepts 20 students. During the program students get practical experience through a hands-on science internship with Smithsonian science staff, take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and field trips, attend creative studio workshops, participate in a college preparatory program, and create a community outreach project about their science experience.
Watch a video introduction to YES! | Read blog posts by YES! interns

Full Program Dates:
Summer session: June 27-August 5, 2016
Fall session: September 10-October 15, 2016

What is in it for you?

  • Research internships - with a Smithsonian science mentor in various science disciplines across the National Museum of Natural History, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Gardens, and the National Air and Space Museum. 
  • Creative Studio Workshops - where you will learn how to effectively engage public audiences and your peers in science topics.
  • Community Outreach Events 
  • Field Trips and behind-the-scene tours.
  • Practical College Preparation Course including local College visits
  • A stipend of $1,750

The application deadline for the 2016 YES! program has passed.

For all inquiries about our program, please call 202-633-4588 or email: