Rising Grades 9–12 (in 2022–2023 school year)

The application deadline for the summer of 2022 has passed. The applications will open again in mid-January 2023.

Junior Interpreters are teens who are passionate about sharing the wonders of science and the natural world with others. Junior Interpreters interact directly with the public out on the Museum floor and provide positive, educational experiences for visitors using natural history specimens from the Museum’s collections.

Teens in the program will have the chance to develop valuable speaking and customer service skills while building a strong knowledge of natural science topics, and passing that knowledge along to Museum visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. These dedicated Museum ambassadors serve as representatives of the Museum and help advance the Museum’s mission of illuminating the natural world and inspiring its conservation.

COVID-19 Policy: Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are currently required for Junior Interpreters, regardless of vaccination status, for indoor areas of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences locations.

A required new student orientation will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 9:15am to 4:30pm.

Fee: $50/summer. Fee covers orientation meeting, food, T-shirt and program equipment like nametags, props and animal models.

  • Workday shifts will take place in either mornings (10am–1pm) or afternoons (1–4pm) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays; students selected for the program will be assigned to a shift with a partner based on availability.
  • Occasional trainings on new topics will be held on workdays from 12:45 to 1:15pm, which will require morning shifts to stay late and afternoon shifts to arrive early; we will provide advance notice of these trainings.
  • Students will be allowed to reschedule a maximum of three shifts due to family vacations, illness or other commitments.
  • A required new student orientation will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 9:15am to 4:30pm.
  • An end-of-summer celebration will be held in August at the conclusion of the program.