Museum Apprentice Program

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MAP Contact Info

For more information about the Museum Apprentice Program, contact us via email or by phone.


Phone: 206-768-7187

Museum Apprentice Program (MAP)

The Museum Apprentice Program provides high school students with an absolutely free, unique and exciting volunteer opportunity. MAP is a year-round volunteer program specifically designed for high school students. During this program, students work on projects related to the museum field, museum education, oral histories, living history, documentary making, and public service. Students take part in an eight hour training course. Please check your schedule before you apply to make sure you can meet this requirement as well as attend the regular MAP meetings every Thursday evening. Students learn about exhibit design, practice presentation and teaching techniques, and delve into aviation and space related topics.

For more information about MAP, call (206)768-7187 or contact MAP online.

Interested in becoming a Museum apprentice? Download the application from the Downloads section to the right. You may mail in the form, or fax it to 206-764-5707, attention: MAP.

The next start is still being determined, but feel free to send in your application now. Applicants will be contacted when the new session opens.

Audience Length Schedule
Grades 9 - 12

Weekly meetings are 2 hours.

8 hours of orientation (four two-hour classes)

At least 30 additional volunteer hours over a one- year period.

Thursday Weekly Meetings

 *All MAP students are required to attend weekly meetings after the initial orientation sessions. Absences will be excused as needed.*
(7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Four-week training sessions (Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

The next four-week orientation

Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m

September 17, 2015

What happens after training?

At the culmination of training, students begin to work on a self-developed project to continue their year long (30 hours) volunteer commitment to the museum. Museum Apprentices meet every Thursday night at the museum, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to work on their projects. They must be able to attend in order to join the program. Absences may be excused as needed.

So why should you join?

  • Gain on-the-job work skills and experience.
  • Receive personal references for future jobs and/or schooling.
  • A chance to be creative.
  • Fulfill high school community service credits (if recognized by your school).*
  • Serve your community and promote The Museum of Flight's mission.
  • Meet and work with students from other schools.
  • Have fun!
  • Get a behind the scenes look at the museum in action!

What qualifications are needed to be a Museum Apprentice?

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants who have the time and drive to be dedicated volunteers. *This is not a program for those simply looking to earn volunteer hours. Applicants should be interested in, and committed to, learning more about museums, presentation and teaching skills, and the science and history of aerospace. Previous knowledge of aviation or space exploration, experience working with children, or a background in theater is not required. The ability to behave professionally, work in a team, organize your time, and follow through on projects is essential. Absences are permitted with prior notice. Apprentices that do not have prior approval for extended absences may be dropped from the program.

The Museum Apprentice Program is sponsored by the Educational Legacy Fund.

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The Museum Apprentice Program provides high school students with unique and exciting volunteer opportunities.

All participants complete a 12-hour training training class and then choose one of three Apprentice Pathways to continue their 30-hour volunteer commitment to the Museum.

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