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2015 Young Ambassadors Program: Apply Today


Gain professional experience, network with Latino leaders, hone your leadership skills, and get involved in your community this summer with a paid internship. Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program!

Who? Graduating high school seniors with a commitment to the arts, sciences, or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities

What? Week-long, all-expenses paid training and leadership seminar and a four-week internship with a $2,000 program stipend

Where?  Denver, Colorado and internships in 19 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico

When? June 21-July 31, 2015

Why? Opportunity to explore various career paths, embrace your own cultural heritage, and gain practical and leadership skills and intellectual growth

Application deadline: April 6, 2015

For more information, to view the promotional video, and to apply visit:

For questions: Email

The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued program support from Ford Motor Company Fund.

About the Program

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long seminar at the Smithsonian. This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training that exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging the exploration and understanding of the Latino identity. The seminar, known as Washington Week, includes visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields as well as museum professionals. Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 19 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments.

2015 Internship Regions

Denver, Colorado

History Colorado

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Science Center

Musical Instrument Museum

Los Angeles/Long Beach, California

California Science Center

Museum of Latin American Art

Oakland (Bay Area), California

Chabot Space and Science Center

Washington, D.C.

National Portrait Gallery

Miami, Florida

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County


Chicago, Illinois

Adler Planetarium

National Museum of Mexican Art

Albuquerque, New Mexico


New York, New York

National Museum of the American Indian-New York

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Austin, Texas

The Thinkery

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Houston, Texas

Children’s Museum of Houston

Talento Bilingüe de Houston

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Museum of Art

Seattle, Washington

The Museum of Flight

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta History Center

McAllen, Texas

The San Antonio Museum of Art

Expenses and Program Stipend

Participation in the Young Ambassadors Program includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the one-week training seminar, round-trip travel costs to Washington, D.C. and a program stipend. Students selected are responsible for all expenses during the four-week internship, including transportation, accommodations, and meals. Upon completion of the five-week program, participants will receive $2,000 to contribute to their higher education. Students that do not complete the training seminar and four-week internship will not receive the program stipend.


Admission is competitive.  To be eligible for the program, you must:

  1. Be a high school senior graduating in 2015

  2. Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application

  3. Have a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Be fluent in English

  5. Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university (enrollment will be verified for the fall 2015)

  6. Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship

Evaluation Criteria

Up to 24 participants are selected through a competitive process, guided by a selection committee comprised of museum and education professionals.  The selection committee evaluates all application materials and submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. Excellence in the:

  2. Arts (e.g., film, visual, performing, design);

  3. Sciences (e.g., natural, biological, chemical, planetary); or

  4. Humanities (e.g., language, literature, social sciences, business).

  5. Academic record

  6. Leadership experience

  7. Commitment to education

  8. Service learning and engagement with the Latino community

For more information and to apply, please visit the Smithsonian Latino Center online at or email



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