Youth Engagement Through Science (YES) Program

Dates: July 23 and 25, 2013
Place: National Zoo and Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
Interview: Juan Rodriguez, Dan Babbitt, YES Program Interns

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Video Description:
Meet student interns from the Youth Engagement Through Science Program. Students work in museums and get hands-on experience working with scientists and researchers.

Video Transcript:
Juan Rodriguez, Asia Trail, National Zoo: 

The YES Program is an amazing program.  It stands for Youth Engagement through Science. It's a 6 week summer internship course that we do every summer; and then after the internship they do during the summer, they have another fall portion that's actually a college preparatory course they do to prepare them going off to college.

Dan Babbitt, Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, Museum of Natural History:

And so it's getting students from the DC area and getting them into the Museum [of Natural History] getting hands-on experience working with scientists and educators.  So you're not only learning about what researchers do, but then how we can communicate that information to the public.  

Did you always like Science?

Xiu, Student Intern, Mammals Division:

I've always been interested in Science, but this is the first time working with mammals.  So I come into this, I really didn't know much, but I feel like I've gained a lot of experience and also a lot of information about mammals that I can take on and further my career with mammals possibly in the future.

Karim, Student Intern, Insect Zoo:

I've always loved Science, but like Entomology, the study of insects, and Arachnology, the study of spiders has always been a, like, a passion.  I don't remember the event that sparked it, but it's always been something I've wanted to do.  I've known since I was a kid, that I wanted to do this with my life. 

What's your day like?

Danitza, Student Intern, Great Cats: 

We don't work with just lion [and] tiger, we work with other cats like bobcats, caracals, and we take care of bears as well. We prepare meals, clean out cages, we do enrichment [toys and  food treats], we do training. 

Advice for kids

Mia, Student Intern, Asia Trail: 

I think they [kids] should just start pursuing what they think they are interested generally.  They don't have to have anything specific in mind.  You should just go after that as young as possible because Smithsonian and other institutions have a lot of opportunities for young people out there.  So just go for it.  It doesn't matter how old you are.  Don't be restricted until you're, like, 18 or in college.  Just look for programs and I strongly recommend applying to this [YES] program because you get to see things you would never get to see otherwise.

Juan Rodriguez, Asia Trail, National Zoo:
The YES Program is an amazing program.  It stands for Youth Engagement through Science. It's a 6 week summer internship course that we do every summer; and then after the internship they do during the summer, they have another fall portion that's actually a college preparatory course they do to prepare them going off to college.

Dan Babbitt, Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, Museum of Natural History:
And so it's getting students from the DC area and getting them into the Museum [of Natural History] getting hands-on experience working with scientists and educators.  So you're not only learning about what researchers do, but then how we can communicate that information to the public.

Did you always like Science?

Xiu, Student Intern, Mammals Division:
I've always been interested in Science, but this is the first time working with mammals.  So I come into this, I really didn't know much, but I feel like I've gained a lot of experience and also a lot of information about mammals that I can take on and further my career with mammals possibly in the future.

Karim, Student Intern, Insect Zoo:
I've always loved Science, but like Entomology, the study of insects, and Arachnology, the study of spiders has always been a, like, a passion. I don't remember the event that sparked it, but it's always been something I've wanted to do. I've known since I was a kid, that I wanted to do this with my life.

What's your day like?

Danitza, Student Intern, Great Cats:
We don't work with just lions [and] tigers, we work with other cats like bobcats, caracals, and we take care of bears as well. We prepare meals, clean out cages, we do enrichment [toys and food treats], we do training.

Advice for kids

Mia, Student Intern, Asia Trail:
I think they [kids] should just start pursuing what they think they are interested generally. They don't have to have anything specific in mind. You should just go after that as young as possible because Smithsonian and other institutions have a lot of opportunities for young people out there.  So just go for it. It doesn't matter how old you are. Don't be restricted until you're, like, 18 or in college. Just look for programs and I strongly recommend applying to this [YES] program because you get to see things you would never get to see otherwise.

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