Teen Opportunities

Teen Opportunities

The Adler’s Teen Programs focus on providing technical and professional skills, mentorship, and a welcoming learning environment for Chicago high school students of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities. We offer internships, workshops, after-school programs, and more. Whether you’re building a website, programming a robot, blogging about current space science, or facilitating a workshop for other teens, you’ll make an impact here!

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The Adler Planetarium is grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Barker Welfare Foundation, Baxter, The Dover Foundation, Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust, The Leo S. Guthman Fund, the Pritzker Foundation, S&C Electric Company Foundation, The Siragusa Foundation, and Wells Fargo for supporting teen opportunities.

What's Going On?

After School Teen Hangouts

4:00 pm

Join the Adler Planetarium’s youth programs team after school every Wednesday beginning September 14th  at the Doane Observatory from 4 pm to 7 pm during the school year! Hang out with us, meet new friends, and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. Design, model, and print objects with our 3D printers. Build and hack technology with Arduino, Makey Makey, or Raspberry Pi. We have laptops and tablets for you to explore these exciting tools, work on projects, or finish homework!

Internships & Volunteering

Are you a high school student and at least 14 years old? If so, you are eligible to join our volunteer team! Volunteers work in almost every area of the Adler, from helping visitors learn more about space to doing behind-the-scenes work. Volunteer hours can also count towards service learning hours.

Opportunities Include:

  • Do Science Research
  • Teach guests about Science, Technology, & Space
  • Build and send experiments to space
  • Be an Adler Teen Leader

What's Coming Up?

Far Horizons Spring High School Internship

The Far Horizons Spring Teen Interns will work as a team to test and implement a 360 degree VR recording of a stratospheric balloon flight to the edge of space. Teen Interns will learn how to navigate a working lab with Adler Staff and other STEM Professionals as part of the Far Horizons‘ team (The Adler’s Space Exploration Program through high-altitude balloons). Not only will participants strengthen important STEM skills, but they will also be learning alongside Adler STEM Professionals.

Apply here.

Hack Your World: Surviving Data From learning how to use sound mixers to create podcasts to building mobile applications to create maps, you'll be able to hack the world. Hack Labs will culminate in a hack day using student-chosen topics that will allow you to use your hacking skills to change your community for the better. Students who complete the program successfully will be awarded $150 stipends. Students will also receive CTA passes upon request. This program is open to High School students only.

Hack Labs

Hack Your World: Surviving Data

From learning how to use sound mixers to create podcasts, to building mobile applications to create maps, you’ll be able to hack the world. Hack Labs will culminate in a hack day using student-chosen topics that will allow you to use your hacking skills to change your community for the better. 

Students who complete the program successfully will be awarded $150 stipends. Students will also receive CTA passes upon request. This program is open to High School students only. 

For more information and to apply click here.

Summer Internships at the Adler Planetarium. Apply now!

Become an Adler Summer Teen Intern

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 26 to August 18. Students who are currently enrolled in high school are eligible to apply.

Applications for the 2017 Adler summer teen intern program are due on Monday, March 20. Find out more about the program via our online flyer, and apply online on our Career Opportunities page

More information, instructions on how to apply and resources on how to write a résumé are available online here.

Astro-Science Workshop

The Astro-Science Workshop (ASW) at the Adler Planetarium is a fun, intensive program about space exploration designed for high school students in the Chicago area. ASW began more than 50 years ago during the space race and Apollo program and counts numerous scientists, engineers, business leaders and a former NASA astronaut as alumni. ASW encourages participants to consider pursuing careers in science by offering the unique opportunity to work with astronomers, engineers, and educators at the Adler Planetarium.

Want to learn more and sign up to be apart of ASW? Check out our Astro-Science Workshop page.