2017 Teen Science Scholars

Our Teen Science Scholar Internship offers high school students, who will be in their junior or senior year in high school in the Fall of 2017, a chance to work alongside scientists from our Research and Collections Team at the Museum. Selected students will be involved with various aspects of their mentors' research and/or collections programs, presenting an overview of their work at an annual symposium held at the Museum at the end of the summer. Teens who are from groups underrepresented in the sciences are highly encouraged to apply. (e.g., individuals who are first-generation college bound, Hispanic, Latino, African American, and Native American).

Each summer, Scholars are engaged in various aspects of Museum research and/or collections work that strengthens their investigative and communication skills, and introduces them to a variety of science related careers. They develop a peer network of students from across metro Denver and beyond.

Teen Science Scholars has provided over 160 high school students the opportunity to be mentored by Museum scientists and collections staff since its beginning in 2007. Students who have completed this internship have gone on to study science at such universities as MIT, Duke, and University of Denver.

This is a paid internship and is open to students who will be entering their Junior or Senior year of high school in the fall of 2017. Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 15, 2017.


  • Ask a mentor, teacher, coach, or community member to email a letter of recommendation directly to sciencescholars@dmns.org. Please have them read the Teen Scholars brochure or website.
  • If you are selected for an interview, you will receive detailed instructions. These instructions will outline how to to self-schedule your interview and a deadline date.
  • Application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  • Interviews will be conducted in April 2017
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, May 8, 2017

For more information please contact Allie Byrd Skaer, Internship Engagement Coordinator, at 1.303.370.8338 or sciencescholars@dmns.org.

Questions? E-mail sciencescholars@dmns.org or call 303.370.8338

“The Teen Science Scholar program touches lives in ways that benefit families and our communities for generations to come”. – George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science


"Whenever I think about the Teen Science Scholars program, I am filled with utmost gratitude. It has been such a privilege to have such a supportive platform and to have been surrounded by such authentic and intelligent people who constantly inspire me to be better and to do greater things—people who believe in my potential and challenge me to go after it. I could not be more grateful to have been able to contribute to such an incredible program, it has made me a better person in all regards and I will certainly hold my experience near and dear to my heart for years to come." Emily Trautwein (Anthropology Intern)

"The coolest thing I did this summer--besides levitating a superconductor--was meeting the astronaut Kjell Lindgren/having a VIP dinner with him, and doing field trips to both the Cosmosphere (space museum) and Lockheed Martin! I loved having these rare opportunities that I could hardly find anywhere else!" – An Li (Space Sciences intern)

"I was able to see and scan in photographs from fieldwork that was done in the sixties in the Galapagos and elsewhere that include animals that are nearly extinct, or some that we have on display at the Museum." – Brittany Whitfield (Image Archives intern)

"To me it doesn't get much better than digging for fossils, really the only thing cooler is finding them, and that is exactly what I did!" – Laurel Butterworth (Earth Sciences intern)

"It was just a great experience that I didn't want to end." – Jackie Ramirez (Zoology intern)

"The coolest thing I did this summer was prospecting in the badlands. I loved the science and the silence involved in it. Working under amazing views, and totally nerding out over dinosaurs!" – Sam White (Earth Sciences intern)


"I would have to say the most interesting part of the summer for me was the time spent catching birds. It was especially interesting to be able to hold a live bird, and being able to know that, as cool as the field work was, all of it was going towards actual scientific research." – Claudia DiMartini (Zoology intern)


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