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Adler Youth Programs

Summer Teen Internships

Every summer, the Adler Planetarium High School Internship Program places students in professional museum roles that vary from engaging with guests to building experiments to supporting astronomers in their research. These paid teen interns will work Monday through Friday from June 22 to August 14. Students who will be enrolled in high school in 2015-16 are eligible to apply.

The 2015 internship application window will open Monday, February 9. Check back soon, and join our teen mailing list to receive more information when it becomes available.

Teen Opportunities

After School Teen Hangouts

Join us on Wednesdays between 4 and 7 pm to hang out and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. We have wifi, laptops, tablets, and other tech equipment available for you to work on projects or homework, explore some exciting tools, or just meet some new friends! 

  • This is a free program – drop by when you can! 
  • Each month will feature a different theme for optional activities to sharpen your skills.  
  • We will provide Ventra cards to cover the cost of transportation to the Adler.

Learn more about After School Teen Hangouts


The Adler and the Shedd Aquarium are teaming up to present HackLabs: Data in Difficult Places – a chance for you to learn more about citizen science and design your own experiments. HackLabs will take place once a month on Saturdays.

  • HackLabs are free programs for a limited number of teens. 
  • HackLabs will take place on Saturday, February 7. 

Register today!

Youth Leadership Council

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a group of highly dedicated teens that have taken part in Adler programs and are looking to contribute a youth voice to the Adler. You may see YLC members at the Adler and at maker parties around the city. YLC members not only take the lead in developing and leading activities for other teens, but are also influential in making decisions that impact the entire museum.

  • YLC meets weekly from 4:30 to 6:30 pm during the school year. 
  • This is a volunteer role, with a commitment of participating during the entire year.

If you are interesting in finding out more about the Youth Leadership Council, contact us at

    Girls Do Hack


    Hack for change

    The Adler hosted its second all-women hack day this November. Teams of girls ages 14-18 were paired with women working in STEM careers to explore science, technology, engineering and math, while creating and having fun.

    Learn more about Girls Do Hack 2014!