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YES! Teen Interns

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...

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.

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...

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