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Summer 2017 Youth Volunteer Program


Each summer, the Museum offers many exciting volunteer opportunities for youth ages 14-18. The Summer Youth Volunteer Program requires a commitment of two (or three for some departments) 3.5 hour shifts per week between July 5th & August 30th. Summer Youth Volunteers engage visitors in activities, exhibits and programs in order to encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration of science and technology.

Based on availability, here are some Youth Volunteer opportunity examples:
Discovery Center: Discovery Center volunteers support young children and their caregivers while they engage in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering science on their own. They explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the 'process of science' more generally. Volunteers must be comfortable working with children under age 8 including infants and commit to 3 shifts per week for the summer program.

Exhibit Hall Interpretation: Stimulate interest, inquiry, and enthusiasm about science and technology through individual carts though out the Exhibit Halls with hands-on activities.

Tech Studio: Help Museum guests interact with computers and explore the latest graphics, robotics and educational software. Volunteers also help visitors through the engineering design process as they brainstorm, build, test and improve a prototype solution to a given problem.

Hall of Human Life: The Hall of Human Life volunteer will interpret through demonstrations at the Exploration Hub and around the exhibition topics that cover Hall of Human Life themes about how humans are changing through the lenses of evolution, various environments and the cellular level. Volunteers need to have an interest in biology and have taken biology classes.

Computer Clubhouse: The Computer Clubhouse is an after-school learning environment where young people explore their own interests and become confident learners through the use of technology.  The Clubhouse is designed as a “drop in” environment where young people have complete access to computer technology.The Clubhouse offers a vibrant environment with state-of-the-art computers and a variety of software and technological tools for use on projects in the visual arts, video, robotics, music and web and graphic design.  Volunteers need to have a genuine interest in working with young people.




Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must be between 14 and 18 years of age as of June 25th, 2017
  • Interest in the sciences and motivated to learn more
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm, initiative, and reliability
  • Comfortable interacting with children, teens and adults.

Additional Details


  • We ask that volunteers commit to two to three 3.5 hour shifts per week on different days for the entire duration of the program, July 5th – August 30th. We understand that activities like vacations, camps and classes are important during the summer months. However, due to short run of the program, we will not be able to accept applicants who will be unavailable for more than two scheduled days (one week).
  • Accepted volunteers must attend a mandatory New Volunteer Orientation in addition to any department orientations.

Special Notes

Submit a Youth Volunteer Application form by 5:00 pm, April 21, 2017 deadline.  Applications will not be accepted after April 21.

Please specify your top 2 department choices on your application and explain why you chose those departments.

  • In the application choose Summer Youth Volunteer Program box.
  • Scan & email completed materials to or mail completed materials to Office of Volunteer Services, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099