Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join the International Spy Museum’s Teen Volunteer Program. There will be intrigue, mystery, new friends and limitless fun. What there won’t be is boredom.

If you have a teenager in need of community service hours who is looking for a unique experience, this opportunity may be the answer! Qualified teens will join Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum’s team engaging visitors in unique content and activities. The work-based learning program will enable teen volunteers to learn vital life skills, participate in fun and informative training programs, meet other teens with similar interests, and perform duties in engaging the public with the Museum’s content in dynamic and interactive activities.

Two programs are available for teens to choose from. One is year round, the other is summer only. Applicants can request to apply to one or both! No previous experience is necessary, but applicants should have a strong desire to learn new things, work with the public and have an interest in the museum content, history and science.

The year-round teen program,  Explainer Operations Program (X Ops), accepts volunteers ages 13-18. This mission requires volunteers to interact with museum guests, sharing information about the exhibits and providing hands-on demonstrations. 

Those who wish to gain experience as a camp counselor may be interested in the summer program, Spies in Training Program (SPiT). Students between the ages of 15-17 assist with Spy Camp as a counselor in training for three weeks in July and August. 

To apply, applicants must be high school students (between the ages of 13-18 at the time of application) currently enrolled in a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC School or proven home schooled record living in the aforementioned region. A complete description, including additional requirements and application can be found here. Applications must be submitted by April 17.

If you have a teen who is ambivalent about being a summer camp counselor, but sure to check out The Benefits of Being a Counselor in Training.