The Smithsonian Libraries Chaptour Guides will lead gallery tours and educational experiences for the public in Smithsonian Libraries exhibits and public programs. Summer 2018 will focus on our exhibit, Cultivating America’s Gardens, located at the Nation Museum of American History and our family program, Check it Out, located at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This program gives students hands-on professional experience, community service hours, an opportunity to learn about library and museum careers, and a behind-the-scenes view of the Smithsonian.
Should I Apply?
The Smithsonian Libraries Chaptour Guides program is open to local students 15-18 years old, attending or recently graduated from high school. Students should have an interest in libraries, museums, art, public speaking, and engaging with audiences of all ages. The program is competitive and limited applicants will be selected. Applications are Due March 15th, 2018.
When is it?
All guides are required to complete training prior to working in the galleries. The mandatory training days are Monday June 25 – Wednesday June 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. There are no alternative training dates. Once training is completed students will sign up for 2-hour shifts over the remainder of the summer, serving at least 30 hours overall.
What Should I Expect?
During the training days students will learn and practice strategies for guiding visitors through the exhibit and the family program. Training will focus on public speaking, working with museum objects, guided looking, engaging with visitors of all ages, and exhibit content. The Smithsonian Libraries Chaptour Guides newcomers will also go through extensive peer-to-peer training with returning guides.
How Do I Apply?
Interested students should fill out the Chaptour Guides Application, and submit it along with all three supplemental materials by the March 15th deadline. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview with Smithsonian Libraries staff.
What if I Have Questions?
Contact Sara Cardello, Education Specialist