Youth Engagement through Science (YES!)

Four teenagers in red t-shirts and blue gloves stand around a white bucket with smoke or stream coming out of it.

YES! interns working with liquid nitrogen to homogenize plant tissue. Photo by Tiffany Munoz-Zegarra, Smithsonian.

The Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) internship is a career immersion and science communication program for youth between the ages of 13-19, who are currently enrolled in high school in the Washington D.C. region. The YES! program, which runs from June-October, gives interns practical experience through a hands-on science internship with Smithsonian science staff. By participating in the program, teens will also have access to behind-the-scenes tours and field trips, creative studio workshops, college preparatory classes, and the opportunity to create their own TED-type talks. 

Check out past YES! interns’ TED-Ed Talks, and informational videos about the YES program: 

2017 YES! Program Dates:

YES! interns are required to make all session dates.

  • Full-time session: June 26-August 4, 2017 - Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday sessions: August 12-September 16, 2017 - Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • YES! Reach 100: Between September 16 and October 31, YES! interns will be tasked to reach 100 of their peers with their YES! presentations. 

Interested in applying?
APPLY NOW! The National Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for the 2017 YES! program. Application deadline is January 27, 2017.

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What is in it for you?

  • Research internships with a Smithsonian science mentor in various science disciplines across the National Museum of Natural History. 
  • Q?rius Youth Academy Courses where you will learn how to effectively engage public audiences and your peers in science topics.
  • A chance to meet teens who share similar science interests.
  • Field trips and behind-the-scenes tours.
  • College preparation courses from YES! alumni and a local college visit.
  • A stipend of $1,750.

Questions? Call (202) 633-4588 or email