Q?Crew Teen Volunteers

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Q?Crew teens investigate specimens from the Collections Zone in Q?rius. Photo by Nicole Webster, Smithsonian.

Are you interested in science? Do you like talking to people? Are you in high school and looking for opportunities to volunteer? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are probably a great fit for the all-teen volunteer group, Q?Crew, at the National Museum of Natural History. Check out the information below to learn more about the Q?Crew program.

Applications for the 2019 cohort will open in November. 

Email youthNMNH@si.edu to be placed on our mailing list for notifications. The certificate of completion received at the end of our  Natural History Investigations After School Programs can be used to demonstrate the interest in science necessary for acceptance into the Q?Crew Teen Volunteer program.


  • Meet new friends and geek out over science together
  • Gain new science skills and communicate with people from around the world
  • Gain community service hours that you can use for graduation if your school requires them
  • Get special access to behind-the-scenes tours
  • Learn about current science research from scientists and experts
  • Free IMAX and Butterfly Pavilion tickets
  • Discounts at all Smithsonian Museum Stores
  • Free rides on the Smithsonian Carousel
  • The opportunity to become part of the Q?Crew family of teens that call the National Museum of Natural History “home”


  • 13-19 years old and currently enrolled in high school
  • Live in the D.C. Metro area
  • Available starting at the end of June
  • Committed to serving at least 100 hours by November
  • Can sign up for at least two 4-hour shifts each month

Want to Know More?

Check out this handy one-pager (PDF) that might answer some questions you have about Q?Crew.

VIDEOS: Watch TED-style Talks by Some 2017 Q?Crew Members

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McKenna, Bridging Boundaries

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Justin, Working in a Lab

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Niya, Taking on Responsibility


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This project is supported by the Smithsonian Youth Access Grant Program. 


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Q?Crew Blog Posts

Learn why Q?Crew teens like volunteering in Q?rius.