Volunteer to Play!

YouthWorks is an all-inclusive and designed internship program for current high school students, ages 15-17 years old. This program provides youth with opportunities to enhance their own lives through education and a unique opportunity to gain work experience, building a community service record for high school credit and college portfolios.

Established in 1993, YouthWorks combines educational and career guidance, work readiness and life skills training with an interdisciplinary museum setting to primarily benefit local at-risk, underserved teenagers. Created in response to Nevada’s alarming high school dropout rate, the program’s primary goal is to provide the support necessary for teens to graduate from high school.

YouthWorks participants begin volunteering throughout the main nine museum galleries. This allows youth to become familiar with the museum policies, procedures, and most importantly the museum mission. We accommodate a youth who may have a disability restricting them from participation on the gallery floor. In this instance the youth may be placed in another area more suited for their abilities maintaining interaction and collaboration with other interns and staff. Also, at times youth have been reassigned to non-customer service positions within the Operations teams in efforts to provide one on one mentoring.

The YouthWorks Internship is a highly competitive and sought after program with limited positions. To be accepted to this program indicates an individual shows the drive to grow professionally and personally. This internship is more than just a job!
While an intern will perform job assignments alongside staff members, they will also be given the opportunity to experience many different areas of the organization with the goal of providing practical experience as a beginner in a professional environment. Further, intern positions are paid, allowing the youth an extra source of income for personal needs such as college applications, school expenses, or simply to supplement family income.

The internship is offered to currently enrolled high school students, 15 -17 years old, who have completed 80 hours or more of volunteer service at the Museum. Applicants must also be active volunteers in good standing.


The YouthWorks Internship accepts new applications in July. Please see the Volunteer Services & YouthWorks Coordinator for more information.

Please contact (702) 382-3445, extension 110, or volunteer@discoverykidslv.org with any questions, or for help with application materials.

YouthWorks is generously sponsored by:

Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation

Andrews Family Foundation

Bank of America

Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation

Schwab Charitable Fund

US Bank Foundation

Vegas Golden Knights Foundation

Wells Fargo

Walmart Stores

Windsong Trust