Youth Intern Program

Explora’s Youth Intern Program involves high school students in a three-year internship during which they experience an engaging approach to learning and become educators in their community.

Registration deadline extended, January 15, 2019

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Intern Volunteers

Interns spend an initial 12 weeks in orientation and basic job training, learning about Explora. They participate in transactive educational experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math with Explora’s professional educators and staff. During this training period, the youth interns also assist on the exhibit floor. They develop resumes and prepare for interviews in order to apply for a paid internship position.


  • 3-6:30pm Tuesday group trainings (Explora can provide transportation from school and back home.)
  • 3-5pm Saturday exhibit floor training

Intern Apprentices and Intern Educators

At this level youth interns become paid, part-time employees of Explora. The youth interns receive training in Explora teaching methods and provide community service by facilitating Explora’s educational programs for elementary school children. The youth interns are matched with Explora staff members who support the intern’s job performance and help with college selection, application, and exploration of potential careers.


During the summer months, youth interns are encouraged to work as paid assistants in our summer classes. They assist Explora’s educators in facilitating programs, with demonstrations, visitor services on Explora’s exhibit floor and participate in outreach events.


  • High school sophomores
  • Must qualify for federal free/reduced lunch program (Federal Guideline)
  • Must participate in an interview process with an adult sponsor or parent
  • Program begins in January and continues through an intern’s senior year in high school
  • 12 weeks (60 hours) training in operations, exhibits, and programs
  • Applications are accepted through January 15, 2019

For more info email the Youth Intern Program Manager, or call 505-224-8388.

July 14, 2016

Youth Intern Program Recognized

Explora’s Youth Intern Program was honored in Mission: Graduate’s All Systems Go report as one of the top ten “Bright Spots” of partner programs in which children or adults are measurably better off after participating. Other spotlighted partners included University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College Albuqerque Public Schools, and more.

Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free. Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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