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teen apprentice program at science museum oklahoma

Teen Apprentice Program

Unleash Your Passion for Science

Join the SMO Apprentice program!

Do you know someone 13 - 17 years-old who is ready to turn their love for science into action and wants to make a difference in their community? The Science Museum Oklahoma's Apprentice program is calling their name!

Dive into a year-long journey from May 2024 to April 2025, where you'll:

  • Work with museum professionals
  • Develop cool projects
  • Sharpen your creative and critical thinking skills
  • Gain behind-the-scenes access
  • Meet and collaborate with fellow science enthusiasts
  • Earn volunteer/service hours


Imagine being immersed in experiments, professional development sessions, and exclusive museum experiences. Plus, you'll contribute to impactful projects and make a difference in your community.


SMO Apprentices

You must be 13 – 17 years of age at the time of applying. A reliable mode of transportation to and from Science Museum Oklahoma is required. SMO Apprentices are not expected to have previous experience. We strive to create a supportive community that values each student’s unique strengths, challenges, and motivations.

We want students who …

  • Have a passion for curiosity and discovery
  • Are new to science research and want to build their skills
  • Can commit to monthly meetings and additional volunteer hours
  • Value teamwork and collaboration
  • Look forward to working with a mentor who can help them find their path

SMO Apprentice Program Expectations

Apprentices are expected to attend orientation, participate in monthly meetings, and complete a volunteer checklist throughout the year. The once-a-month meetings (held on Saturdays) include experiments, professional development trainings, museum behind-the-scenes, project development, and more. The volunteer checklist contains opportunities such as being a SMO camp assistant for a week, helping in one of our tinkering spaces, and facilitating activities at SMO events. Volunteering hours will be recorded and can be applied as personal service or volunteer hours.

2024-25 Key Dates

Applications open March 16, 2024
Application deadline April 13, 2024
Interviews (Tentative)

May 11 & May 18, 2024

May 29-31, 2023
Monthly Meetings

2nd Saturday each month

July 2024-April 2025



  1. When applications are open on March 16, 2024, you will see an Apply button to fill out the application. Only 30 spots are available!
  2. Once the application deadline has past, select applicants will be invited to a group interview.
  3. Depending on the amount of applicants, there is a possibility of a second smaller interview later.
  4. Every stage of results will be notified via email submitted in application.

If you do not get selected, we encourage you to apply again every year that you are eligible.