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Museum Apprentice Program

A Unique Opportunity

If you are an ambitious 13- to 18-year-old who loves exciting projects and working in the community, our Museum Apprentice Program might just be for you! Take part in one-of-a-kind experiences and become a member of our extraordinary team.

You’ll work closely with staff, teachers, adult volunteers, and other youth participants on projects that relate directly to exhibits, public events, and neighborhood development initiatives.

So What Makes MAP Different?

MAP aims to develop well rounded thinkers and active citizens with a sense of autonomy, which requires competency, empathy, responsibility, and community.

MAP is a project-based program which focuses on museum education, civic engagement and leadership development. Teens are also encouraged to participate as volunteers during public events at the museum and work with staff on independent projects in our Paleontology Prep Lab, Archaeology Lab, and STEMLab.

Apprentices commit to:

  • A minimum of two days at the museum each month (approximately 6 hours a month) during the fall and spring semesters. Meetings take place one Saturday and one Wednesday evening per month.

Candidates for the Museum Apprentice Program should be:

  • Eager and willing to learn, participate and contribute.
  • Open and excited to work alongside people of different backgrounds, cultures, and personalities.
  • Interested in community development and civic engagement, especially within an urban setting.
  • Curious, inquisitive and creative.
  • Proactive, passionate and hard working.

The application is now closed and will reopen in May 2020 for the 2020-2021 year.

For more information, please contact Lindsey DeLorey, Public Events and Youth Programs Coordinator at LDelorey@childrensmuseum.org or call 317-334-3802.

Review the MAP Participation Requirements

What is a MAP Leader?

The MAP Leaders are a brand new cohort of youths in the Museum Apprentice Program who are high school sophomores through seniors. This cohort is brought together during the summer to further work on their professional and personal development while also preparing to take on leadership roles within the program during the school year.

REX: Real voices. EXtraordinary ideas.

In May 2015, some members of the MAPS program participated in our speaking event REX: Real voices. EXtraordinary ideas. It was an evening of insightful talks. This inaugural event featured performers, artists, and speakers collaborating to share big ideas and fresh perspectives on a variety of topics, from personal experiences to local initiatives.

View REX Talks