Join our Education Team
The Museum offers several educational programs that are staffed primarily by volunteers.
We are looking for volunteers to lead children along a literary journey to Mars, tell them about Lisa the bunny's first airplane trip, and share in their excitement as they experience the Wright brothers' first flight. If you have a good speaking voice and experience working with young children, we would like to talk to you! Previous storytelling experience is not required. We will teach you how to use props and engage in dramatic play and movement. Volunteers are needed weekday mornings, and Saturday mornings and afternoons. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. For more information please contact Diane Kidd, (202) 633-2546.
Volunteers engage visitors in hands-on exploration of artifacts and teaching materials related to five general subject areas: commercial aviation, space history, astronomy, planetary geology and the invention of powered, human-controlled flight. Volunteers choose one subject area and training is provided. Opportunities are available for weekdays and weekends. For more information, contact Agustin Baldioli, (202) 633-2559.
Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
Volunteers engage visitors in observing the Sun, Moon, and planets through telescopes at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. On days when it's cloudy, Observatory volunteers interact with visitors at Discovery Stations inside the Museum. Your training will include how to use telescopes and communicate about astronomy with the public, as well as Discovery Station training. Volunteers are needed weekdays, weekends, and occasional evenings. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. For more information, email or call (202) 633-2517.
Summer Volunteer Program for Students
High school and college students (age 16 and up) may apply for our Summer Volunteer Program at the Museum in Washington, DC. Our summer program allows participants to volunteer in multiple capacities at the Museum for a broad learning experience. Volunteers participate in the activities described above (Story Times, Discovery Stations, and the Public Observatory) and the Visitor Services Welcome Desk. They receive training in astronomy, space, and aviation topics, as well as educational techniques for interacting with visitors. Summer volunteers work a regular schedule of two days per week (Monday-Friday) for eight weeks. Volunteers also complete an independent project over the course of the program. Applications for the Summer Volunteer Program are accepted in the early spring each year. Learn more about our program and how to apply.
Student Jobs — Explainers Program
Students interested in a paid position at the National Air and Space Museum are encouraged to apply for the Explainers Program. Explainers inspire life-long learners by connecting them to our iconic artifacts and stories about the science and technology that make innovation possible. The Explainers Program hires high school and college students to help visitors better understand the Museum's artifacts and exhibitions through hands-on programming. Explainers also engage visitors on the How Things Fly website. There's even the chance to teach people how to fly an airplane or operate a space shuttle toilet! Explainers can work at either the Museum in DC or at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.