If you are a teen looking to work in a museum or participate in a program at a museum, then this is the page for you. (If you work with teens or have a teen, then you can help steer them to a program or job opportunity that might interest them.) Teen Programming can be found at Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Shedd Aquarium. Paid Teen Internships can be found at Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Teen Free Admission
The Museum is always free for Chicago teens 17 and under! As of 2/11/2021 the museum is open with new hours and safety procedures. You’ll need to get your free ticket in advance, so check the website for updates, tickets, and the most current information about what’s happening.
National Museum of Mexican Art
Yollocalli Arts Reach is the teen and youth program of the National Museum of Mexican Art. Free art and digital media programs are offered yearly for students ages 13-24. Yollocalli Art Studios are located in both Little Village and Pilsen.
Teen Workshops and Nature Days
Teen Virtual Workshops
Connect with animals, your peers and Shedd staff during our Teen Virtual Workshops. Learn about local and global conservation and explore careers at Shedd. Join us to discover new interests, engage in STEAM topics and investigate the aquatic world!
Programs are free, but registration is required. For dates and details visit Virtual Teen Workshops | Shedd Aquarium
Teen Nature Days (In-Person)
Take action for animals and the environment by participating in our Teen Nature Days! You’ll get to explore local beaches, waterways and forest preserves, while helping to restore and protect them. Join us to connect with nature and engage in conservation!
Programs are free, but registration is required. For dates and details visit Teen Nature Days with Shedd Aquarium | Shedd Aquarium
Teen Employment Opportunities
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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/
Camp Counselor Internship – Summer (ASM Internship)
Counselors review activities, prepare for camp sessions, and participate in staff training. Counselors bring high energy and enthusiasm each day as they help supervise up to thirty campers. By the end of the internship, counselors develop skills and knowledge in lesson implementation, informal education instruction, verbal communication skills, large group management (including age-appropriate management strategies), and content knowledge in local habitats and science. *All interns need a social security number. This is a full-time, paid seasonal opportunity. For more information about Nature Museum Camps, visit naturemuseumcamp.org. Apply through After School Matters at afterschoolmatters.org/teens/apply/