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. Once selected, participants experience the 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.
Applications for 2023 are now closed.
2023-24 Key Dates
|Applications open||April 1, 2023|
|Application deadline||April 30, 2023|
May 13, 2023 & May 20, 2023
|May 26, 2023|
|Training Week||May 30 - June 2, 2023|
|Program Runs||May 2023 to May 2024|
What SMO Apprentices do:
Apprentices assist the museum in achieving its mission of revealing the wonder and relevance of science! Throughout the summer and school year portions of the program, selected Apprentices choose how they will meet their minimum service hour requirements. They may assist in facilitation and activities including day-to-day operation of exhibits, educational camp activities, behind the scenes support, special events, and educational programming.
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!"