The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national college preparatory and leadership program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of community-conscious Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. Selected applicants will participate in a weeklong pre-professional and pre-collegiate seminar in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian focusing on Latino perspectives with peers from all over the nation. They will then complete a four-week interdisciplinary internship program at a museum or other cultural institution in one of 18 cities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Participants will explore careers in the arts, sciences and humanities and meet Latino Leaders as well as enhance networking skills and knowledge. Upon completion of the five-week program, participants will receive a $2,000 program stipend. Up to 24 participants are selected through a competitive process, guided by a selection committee. To be eligible for the program, you must: 1) Be a high school senior graduating in 2022; 2) Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application; 3) Have a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; 4) Be fluent in English; 5) Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college of university (2 or 4 year institution) (enrollment will be verified for Fall 2022); 6) Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship.
Once registered in SOLAA, search for the National Museum of the American Latino 2022 Young Ambassadors Program. Complete and submit your application for the 2022 YAP with all its materials. These application materials include your three short statements, one resume, one video, one picture, and one letter of recommendation. Please upload your statements and resume as PDF files, if possible. Follow the instructions in the application for the photo and video upload.
For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: NMALEducation@si.edu