Astro-Science Workshop (virtual)
Astro-Science Workshop (ASW) at the Adler Planetarium is a fun, intensive program about space exploration designed for high school students in the Chicago area. ASW began more than 50 years ago during the space race and Apollo program and counts numerous scientists, engineers, business leaders and a former NASA astronaut as alumni. ASW encourages participants to consider pursuing careers in science by offering the unique opportunity to work with astronomers, engineers, and educators at the Adler Planetarium.
Urban light pollution is the focus of this year’s program. Through hands-on activities, participants will develop skills in electronic hardware, computer programming, structural design, data analysis, and teamwork. Working in small groups, ASW participants will design, build, and present prototype solutions to mitigate the effects of light pollution.
Meeting Schedule: Dates: Monday – Friday, July 6 – July 30, 2021, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Interested? Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Teens enrolled in 8th – 12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year
- Interested in learning new STEM skills and passionate about science
- Team players who collaborate well with peers
- Able to attend all program sessions
STIPENDS & TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT
Participants who successfully complete the workshop series will earn a $300 stipend. If the program switches from remote to onsite transportation support will be available.
At the end of ASW, three $2,500 college scholarships will be awarded to ASW participants who have demonstrated exemplary engagement and leadership qualities as well as the successful completion of a Research Portfolio (details to follow). Scholarships will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution upon the student submitting proof of enrollment.
Applications are due on March 21st.
Summer High School Internship (virtual)
Looking for a summer job that will be challenging, fun, and eye-opening? The Adler’s Teen Internship Program places current high school students in professional museum roles. Review the 2021 Summer Intern Resource Packet for full details, but here are the basics:
- 12 interns in different job roles around the museum
- $15/hour, 18 – 20 hours/week, Monday-Friday from 7/6/21 – 8/13/21
- Museum work experience and professional development
YOU SHOULD APPLY TO HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP IF YOU’RE
- Enrolled in high school during the 2020 – 2021 school year (current 8th graders and college students are not eligible)
- Interested in building professional skills in a supportive and fun environment
- Excited to work collaboratively as part of a team
- Available for all program dates and to attend a virtual orientation on 6/29/21.
Applications are due on March 13, 2021. Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, recommendation, and unofficial transcript. Please review the 2021 Summer Intern Resource Packet before applying!
Art Institute Teen Programs provides opportunities for you to connect with other young people and contemporary artists, reimagine art and its histories, and produce live events that bring together Chicagoland youth and showcase their art.
Are you interested in an extended studio, leadership, or mentorship experience at the Art Institute of Chicago? Apply to be a Teen Intern.
As a part of each of these programs, you’ll work with museum mentors, go behind the scenes at the museum, connect with our world-renowned collection, and gain professional skills. All internships are paid.
Do you have a passion for art? Are you curious about museums? Apply for a summer internship to work with other teens at the Art Institute and support youth and family programming at the museum. As an intern you’ll engage with museum professionals, get behind the scenes experiences, connect with our world-renowned collection, meet local artists, and plan and host creative programs.
Applications typically open in March; interviews take place in May. Apply through After School Matters. Open to Chicago high school teens who will be at least 16 at the start of the internship
“This internship made me so much more extroverted. Learning interpersonal skills was pivotal to my life. Learning how to talk to people … I don’t know where else I could have learned it. I never spoke in class before and I was able to find a voice in classes after being in this internship.”
—Gus, Summer intern
Apply for the Art Institute Teen Council to activate the museum with your voice and perspective. Join a group of 18 creative high school teens to design programs and resources that make the Art Institute a more welcoming, accessible, and relevant space for Chicagoland youth. Previous Teen Council projects include teen tours of the museum, social media activations, teen art exhibitions, teen museum overnighters, teen parties, and a teen audio guide. Join us and produce the next big thing for teens at the Art Institute.
Applications open in June; interviews take place in July. Open to Chicagoland high school teens
“Working with the museum has been one of the most fulfilling activities I’ve ever done. It has made me see that teens have a place here, and I can help make that place a little bit larger with every meeting we have.”
—Mia, Teen Council member
Virtual Teen CouncilThe Teen Council at the Chicago History Museum aims to engage in and encourage youth advocacy throughout the city of Chicago, using history as a basis for investigating our past, understanding our present and imagining a better future. Join the council this summer and learn more about the Chicago History Museum, its staff and work. You’ll also be able to immerse yourself in the city’s history as you explore the museum’s collections.
- Paid – $15/hr (8 weeks x 5 hr a week)
- Participate in community building workshops
- Become a scholar on Chicago history through:
- researching the museum and other collections
- art making
- collaborative projects
- Work with museum staff on public programs around upcoming exhibitions
- Learn about museum careers
Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) – Summer, Fall, and Spring (ASM Advanced Apprenticeship)
Youth in the Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) program participate in scientific investigations of ecosystems found in city parks and neighborhoods. Teens collect data for existing local, regional and global research projects and develop their own research questions to investigate. Teens gain experience with a wide range of environmental science field and laboratory methods for studying urban ecosystems, design data collection protocols and shareable mobile data collection forms, collect data for their projects, and contribute to peers’ projects. Using web-based apps, youth analyze data and create media-rich digital maps and other data visualizations that are posted on teen-created project websites. This is a paid, stipend-based opportunity. For more information, visit naturemuseum.org/teens.
Apply through After School Matters at afterschoolmatters.org/teens/apply/
Summer Application opens late-March/early-April.
Shedd Aquarium is excited to share the re-launch of programming just for teens! Until we can welcome everyone safely back to the Teen Learning Lab, Shedd will be hosting interactive virtual workshops throughout the month, starting in March 2021 continuing through the summer. These workshops will introduce and take the occasional deep dive into animals, careers, local & global conservation, and STEAM topics. Discover new interests, explore curiosities and investigate the aquatic world with unique connections to animals, exhibits and a variety of Shedd Aquarium staff.
Details will be coming soon to our website, but workshops will be scheduled on select weekday evenings with occasional weekend workshops and even in-person nature meetups. Stay tuned for more, but if you are interested in these and upcoming experiences with Shedd, please fill out our Interest Form: https://forms.gle/EiKYwneWAsofTkxW8
Yollocalli Arts Reach is the award-winning youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, we offer FREE arts and culture programming to teens and young adults, ages 13 to 24.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, we serve as an open community center with studio spaces, a computer lab, radio production studio, and a creative, supportive mentors who are always around to help, encourage, and inspire.
Over the summer we offer:
– Street Art Studio with After School Matters
– Camera Flux with After School Matters
– Your Story, Your Way with After School Matters
– Graffiti Mural Project with After School Matters
– Young Run Chi with After School Matters
– Radio/Podcast Internship
– Public Art Internship
– Teaching Artist Assistant Internship
To apply to any of our programs, please visit our website – https://yollocalli.org/classes
You can also follow us on social media to stay up to date with all we offer and do –
Argonne National LaboratoryBrandon Pope – Education Outreach Coordinator – Bpope@anl.gov
Teen Advisory Council (virtual)The Argonne Education Teen Advisory Council (ATAC) is a brand new opportunity for young people to strengthen the impact of Argonne’s educational programs by providing feedback on current and future activities. While the ATAC is not a hands-on STEM program, as a member you’ll have access to STEM professionals and resources that align with your interests in a variety of fields. You’ll also have the opportunity to virtually learn what it’s like to work at a United States Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory. Membership on the ATAC is a commitment that requires you to contribute your time, energy, and ideas for the council. We will meet for 2 hours per month, with an expected 2-3 hours of additional activities outside of the meeting. This council will run from February to June of 2021. Membership in the council is voluntary without compensation. Applications are available now
Argonne National Laboratory Summer Camps (virtual)All Camp Information can be found at this website. All camps are free and 5 days long. Applications will be open by Friday, February 26th. Coding for Science Camp
- At Argonne’s summer computing workshop, high school students have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to code from some of the best and brightest computer scientists in the nation.
- This workshop is designed for students that are new to coding. No prior programming experience is needed.
- Must be a current high school freshman or sophomore (for the 2020-2021 school year).
- Students will learn Python programming language, meet scientists using coding to solve big challenges in science, partake in virtual tours of Argonne’s supercomputers and visualization laboratories, and work in groups on coding projects of their choosing
- Ready to become a big data detective and find the hidden patterns of our world? It’s time to take your blossoming computer science and data skills and raise them to the next level at Argonne.
- Must be a current high school junior or senior (for the 2020-2021 school year) and have prior coding experience in a computer language (C, Python, Java, etc.).
- Students will access data from the Array of Things (AoT) urban sensor project at Argonne using Python computer language. AoT sensors are all around the city of Chicago and take weather data, noise, traffic and more. With this data as well as advanced tools from professional researchers, participants get to learn first-hand what it’s like to be a data scientist. They will also get to work in a group on a data project of their choosing, exploring and gathering insights from space, ocean, consumer data or others!
Chicago Botantic Garden
What is College First?
College First is a high-school internship program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It is a paid, virtual and onsite, internship for six weeks during the summer and monthly meetings during the school year. Students participate in a college level environmental studies course held virtually three days of the week (M,W,F). For two days a week (T,TH) a school bus provides transportation from various designated stops throughout Chicago to bring students to the Garden for onsite learning.
What do students do?
- Learn about plants, prairies, woods, and other outdoor natural areas
- Work in horticulture, education, plant research, and more
- Guided by instructors conduct individual scientific research and present their findings
- Receive professional development and build career skills
- Explore colleges and universities to find “best fit”
- Work with staff and receive support in completing the college application process and securing scholarships
- Join a growing community of SCC alumni and friends
Who can participate?
Students who are currently sophomores or juniors and are enrolled in a Chicago Public School can participate. Students should demonstrate a willingness to learn, curiosity in STEM, and an ambition to pursue a college degree. Students and parents must commit to the unpaid orientation, all six weeks of the summer program, and the once-a-month school-year meetings. Students are responsible for getting to and from the designated bus stops. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, including a laptop loan and WIFI hotspot to use for virtual learning days.
*If you are in middle school or a freshman check out our Science First Program: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/sciencefirst/application
Lincoln Park ZooLincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of programs geared specifically to teens. Interested in conducting research? Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a zoo? Enjoy teaching others? Then do we have the programs for you!
Malott Family Zoo Intern Program (Summer Program)The Malott Family Zoo Intern Program provides Chicago high school students with the opportunity to learn about Lincoln Park Zoo while educating others about animal and conservation science. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will primarily be conducted online. Interns will meet on Zoom for a four-week, paid program to learn and apply informal education techniques, consider how to effectively communicate zoo and conservation messages, find creative ways to educate their peers using a variety of digital platforms, and create a culminating project. Interns also meet with researchers and Animal Care staff to learn more about potential careers in the animal science and conservation fields. Eligibility – To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a City of Chicago resident
- Be entering grades 10–12 or their freshman year of college in Fall 2020
- Be 15–18 years old by June 22, 2020
- Be legally allowed to work in the United States
- Have proof of identity and authorization to work in the U.S., in accordance with federal law.
- If hired, 15-year-old interns must obtain a student work permit. For more information, please contact your school or the Illinois Department of Labor.
- ZIP A: July 6-July 30
- ZIP B: July 6-10, August 2-20
- The hours for both cohorts will be 10am-2pm. This includes whole-group activities, breakout rooms with small groups, a 30 minute break for lunch, and independent work time.
Zoo Club (Ends in May)Zoo Club is a free opportunity for teens to engage with Lincoln Park Zoo remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay connected to Lincoln Park Zoo while building skills in care, community, and conservation! Zoo Club offers free digital sessions to connect with zoo experts, practice new skills, and meet conservation-minded teens. To recognize participation, participants will receive digital badges that will benefit future applications to Lincoln Park Zoo’s teen programs and also qualify participants to earn zoo rewards. These sessions are unpaid and always voluntary. Eligibility – To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a teenager
- Have access to an internet-connected device
- Complete the registration form
- After completing the registration form, applicants will be asked to submit a permission slip from a parent or guardian.