Get Involved

“Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own.”

Learn about the many ways you can participate at The Field Museum. Every season brings new opportunities to sign up, apply, and participate in programs, internships and more! Check out the many ways you can fuel your curiosity, meet other like-minded teens, and pursue your interests at The Field Museum.

SPRING

The spring is a great time to apply for the following summer opportunities:

Teen Volunteering:  Summer Teen Volunteers are high school age students trained to interact with visitors of all ages, spending half of their day in the Crown Family Playlab, The Field Museum’s early childhood center, and the other half of their day in the Museum’s exhibitions facilitating hands-on interpretive carts. Applications open in January 2018. Learn more here.

Bridge Program: The Field Museum Bridge program is a great opportunity for graduating eighth graders to get an introduction to the Teen Volunteer Program. Applications open in January. Learn more here.

Digital Learning Internship: The Digital Learning Internship is a deep dive into the science and technology of The Field Museum. In this 6-week paid summer internship, high school students will gain hands-on scientific research experience in the Museum’s collections and will create an interactive digital media installation based upon their scientific work. Applications open in February. Learn more about applying here.


SUMMER

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Summer provides opportunities to register or apply for the following programs:

Youth Council 2018-2019: Youth Council is a dynamic group of passionate and dedicated high school teens who work together to create a stronger partnership between The Field Museum and teens. Youth Council is made up of 12-14 high school teens from across the Chicago area who meet on select Saturdays from September through May, and plan curioCITY events. curioCITY is a teen-only event of career exploration that matches a Field Museum scientist together with a professional in a different career. Applications open in June.

Summer Tween Week: This one week session gives young people aged 11 to 13 the opportunity to meet a Field Museum scientist, explore Field Museum exhibits, and go behind-the-scenes and see The Field Museum’s collection. Using digital technology and the Museum’s collections as  inspiration, tweens will create their own digital interactive project. Check back for program updates and registration.


FALL

The fall is a great time to register or apply for the following opportunities:

Tween Saturdays: Sign up your tween for special Saturday programs developed just for ages 10 to 14! In these day-long explorations of Field Museum specimens, middle school students can learn about fishes, insects, and even dinosaur fossils. Learn more here.

Design It Play It H²O Games: Learn game design and explore freshwater ecosystems in this advanced apprenticeship! The Field Museum invites Chicago Public School high school students to apply for this 10 week advanced apprenticeship program starting in Spring of 2019, offered in partnership with After School Matters. Applications open in November. Learn more here

Find more ways you can engage with The Field Museum