teen apprentice program at science museum oklahoma

Teen Apprentice Program

COVID-19 Impact

Returning Apprentice Applicants: Former Apprentices who applied to return for 2020-21 will be contacted no later than May 15, 2020, with infomation about options for a summer 2020 program option for returning Apprentices.

New Apprentice Applicants: Interviews for new participants in SMO's Teen Apprentice Program have been postponed due to COVID-19. We hope to launch a school year program for new applicants in late summer/early fall 2020. Applications for Apprentices who applied by the March 20th deadline will be kept on file and those applicants will be contacted at a later date.

Questions? Please contact Jaxon Brinsfield, Education Engagement Specialist for SMO, at jbrinsfield@sciencemuseumok.org

Be a SMO Apprentice!

The Apprentice Program at Science Museum Oklahoma is a volunteer opportunity for students entering seventh grade through senior year of high school. Participants experience behind-the-scenes workings of a science museum while increasing science literacy, confidence and honing job skills.

SMO's Apprentice Program helps students develop the soft skills they will need to succeed in the workplace, like problem-solving, leadership, working in teams and good communication in a fun, professional science museum environment.

2020-21 Dates to Remember

Applications open Jan. 13
Application deadline March 20

TBD in response to COVID-19

Notification letters mailed TBD in response to COVID-19
Apprentice Training Week June 1-5
Summer program dates June 1 - July 30
End of Summer Banquet Aug. 1

What SMO Apprentices do:

Apprentices assist the museum in achieving its mission of revealing the wonder and relevance of science! Throughout the summer and optional school year program, selected Apprentices may assist in facilitation and activities including day-to-day operation of exhibits, educational camp activities, production of stage performances, and educational programming.

At the conclusion of the summer program, SMO Teen Apprentices may have the option to continue volunteering at the museum throughout the school year.

What former SMO Apprentices say:

“I was drawn to the Apprentice Program because I loved the science museum and thought it would just be a fun thing to do over the summer. I would maybe have some stories to tell once school started again. I had no idea it would turn out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Apprenticing improved my social skills and I became more comfortable interacting with people. I learned the responsibilities of having a real job years before the other kids at school, which later helped me when I was looking for work. The best part of my experience as an Apprentice were the friends I made along the way.”


"The Apprentice Program at Science Museum Oklahoma was a great experience! I learned so much both from my fellow apprentices and the students I worked with each day. The program also laid a great foundation for professional growth at the museum: I am now an Overnight Program Educator, where I use the teaching skills I learned to show new students how awesome science is!"

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020-21 program have closed.
Applications for the 2021-22 program are scheduled to open in January 2021.


Contact Jaxon Brinsfield, Education Engagement Specialist for SMO, at jbrinsfield@sciencemuseumok.org