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?

Science Speaks Chicago

Join the Adler Planetarium Youth Leadership Council for our first-ever Science Speaks Chicago! This all-day event will feature sessions of short, dynamic talks by early-career STEM professionals. Science Speaks Chicago aims to connect young Chicagoans with new role models in the sciences. The talks will be focused not only on speakers’ research and work, but also their personal stories of how they got to where they are today. Talks will be hosted in the Adler’s Johnson Star Theater, and more informal “poster sessions” will be hosted throughout the day elsewhere in the museum.

Free registration is open to young people ages 11 to 21 and one guest, and includes access to the event and general admission to the Planetarium. School and organization groups interested in attending this event should contact youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org.

Internships & Volunteering

Are you a high school student and at least 16 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?

Adler Youth Voices

This spring, as part of the Adler Youth Voice Project, work with professional writers, editors, and museum staff on adding teen voices to the Adler Planetarium and its national audience. Along the way, you’ll learn about science communication, narrative development, and interactive writing. Applications are due Saturday, March 3.

To learn more or apply, check out our online flyer. Here are some basic program details:

  • Program dates are 4/3, 4/10, 4/17/, 5/1, 5/8 from 4:00-7:00 pm and 4/28 from 12:00-4:00 pm.
  • Participants are eligible to receive a stipend and transit passes

Summer High School Internships

Looking for a summer job that will be challenging, fun, and eye-opening? The Adler’s Teen Internship Program places current high school students in professional museum roles, from facilitating fun science experiences for visitors to engineering solutions for underwater meteorite recovery! Full information is available on our online flyer, but here are the basics:

  • 20 interns in 5-6 different job roles around the museum
  • $12/hour, 25-hours/week, Monday-Friday from June 25-August 17
  • Museum work experience and professional development

Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter online by Monday, March 19. Instructions on how to write these documents and how to apply are available here.

Astro-Science Workshop (ASW)

ASW 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. This year’s program will focus on hands-on opportunities related to telescope observing, light pollution, and high-altitude ballooning.

You can find more information or apply here. Completed applications are due Tuesday, May 1.

  • Dates: Monday-Friday, July 9-27, 2018
  • Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE (Note: participants will need to bring lunch each day and provide their own transportation to/from the program)
  • College scholarships will be awarded to two qualifying ASW participants

Citizen Science Ambassadors

In Citizen Science Ambassadors, you’ll learn the basics of the scientific inquiry process, data analysis, and science communication by doing them yourself! You’ll apply these skills by working in small groups to design and implement mini-research projects using data from Zooniverse online citizen science projects (Wildcam Gorongosa & Galaxy Zoo). Your research group will share your discoveries through blog posts and presentations. Here are some program basics:

  • Citizen Science Ambassadors will meet from 12:30 – 4:30 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning on Thursday, July 5, and ending on Friday, August 10
  • You will share your research projects as part of Adler’s Teen Community Bash on August 14, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Participants will be eligible to earn a $425 stipend and CTA transit cards

For full consideration, please submit your application by Sunday, April 8, 2018.