About the YES! Internship Program

Since its inception in 2010, the Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) program has connected local youth with Smithsonian collections, experts, and training to inspire them to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. This internship experience provides youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in science careers with the resources needed to help them to achieve their ultimate goal of attending college. Over six weeks in the summer, students who participate in YES! work side-by-side with Smithsonian researchers and educators behind the scenes and away from the public areas of the Museum. Interns enhance their scientific literacy through workshops and field trips, and are given the unique opportunity to work in the Museum’s vast research collections — seeing rare objects and specimens including meteorites, mummies, and mammoth skulls!

In mid-August, YES! interns rejoin us for a series of science communication and college preparation workshops that take place over eight Saturdays. Interns gain the science communication skills to translate their summer research into a compelling, personal, and authentic science story for the general public. This science story will be filmed, edited, and produced into a finished video product that can be used for college, scholarship, and job applications. Interns also participate in college preparation workshops that will guide them through the college application and orientation process. Sessions led by college admission officers, financial planners, and YES! alumni will cover everything from surviving senior year to seeking out scholarships. Multiple tours to local colleges will be offered to help interns prepare for their pursuit of higher learning.

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.