Teen Programs

GEM High School Internship Program at the Idaho State Museum

Make a difference in your community while getting a behind the scenes look at the Idaho State Museum. Join the Guide, Engage, and Mobilize (GEM) High School Internship Program where you will help to connect visitors to the unique and fascinating history of Idaho. Network with professionals including archivists, curators, and designers as you advance important skills that will prepare you for college and career. As a member of the Education team at the Museum, you will meet teens from across the Treasure Valley and work together to create and deliver quality programming for visitors of all ages. As a GEM High School Intern, you will:

  • Explore the Museum’s content through research about the stories of Idaho and the impacts of this history on the past, present, and future.
  • Work alongside Museum Professionals and hear from guest speakers who share the stories of Idaho
  • Develop and facilitate educational programming for young visitors and family and intergenerational audiences.

When is it?

Program Dates: January 21st-August 11th, 2020

Required Bi-weekly Meetings: Tuesdays starting 1/21 from 4pm-7pm
(Snacks provided, up to 4 excused absences throughout the year)

Required Shifts: Complete up to 24 internship volunteer hours on select Saturdays and weekdays during spring break and summer break camps.

What will I be doing?

  • Bi-weekly Meetings – Meet as a team with the other interns to hang out, eat, train, research, and work on activities.
  • Family Second Saturdays – Work with children and their families to complete hands-on activities together from 12pm-3pm on the Second Saturday of each month.
  • Spring Break and Summer Break Camps – Play and learn with the campers helping to monitor students during activities and lunch breaks.
  • History in Hand Station – Teach visitors of all ages about artifacts featured in the exhibits through the Museum’s education collection. Teens will research and learn about the objects and select their favorites to feature on    the table.
  • MakerStations – Run Hands-on activities featuring art, STEM, and history concepts from a cart stationed in the galleries of the Museum.
  • Pop-up Talks – Research a particular theme from Idaho history and learn how to write and deliver a tour to visitors at the Museum.
  • Create Your Own Activity – Brainstorm and Prototype your own hands-on activity to run at a future Family Second Saturday or MakerStation Cart.
  • Guest Speakers – Network with Museum Professionals, Historians, and Idahoans who have made history!

How should I apply?

Positions are open to any High School Student in the Treasure Valley in 9th– 12th grade. They must be able to commit to meetings and internship shifts.

Applications are due January 17th!

Apply Here!

For questions about the GEM Program, please reach out to shseducation@ishs.idaho.gov