Teen Volunteer Program

Announcing the International Spy Museum’s Teen Volunteer Program. In addition to fulfilling community service hours, qualified teens will join the Museum’s team and provide valuable service in engaging audiences in unique content and activities. Members of the Teen Volunteer Program will become “insiders” behind the veil of the Museum’s operations, 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.

We will not be accepting applications for the 2021 Teen Volunteer Program due to the ongoing pandemic.

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. We hope to bring back our teen volunteers in 2022. Please feel free to reach out to us at volunteer@spymuseum.org for additional questions.

Teens can apply for one or both volunteer opportunities listed below:  

(Please note age restrictions.)

Explainer Operations Program (X Ops)

(High School student at time of application)

Placed on the Museum’s exhibition floor, Explainers assist guests with interactive activities, facilitate fun and dynamic demonstrations (such as lock picking!) and assist the Museum staff and volunteers in helping guests have the best experience possible. Volunteer duties include:

  • Serving as a facilitator at various interactives in the Museum’s permanent exhibitions to elevate the visitor experience.
  • Performing demonstrations such as lock-picking and presenting hands-on tactile objects to engage visitors with Museum content and concepts.
  • Assisting Guest Services staff and volunteers by guiding traffic flow, answering visitor’s questions, and with other duties as they may arise. 


  • 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.
  • Complete 75 volunteer hours per year. If hours are not completed by the end of the Summer, volunteer agrees to complete at least two (2) hours per month until the end of the year until reaching minimum requirement and of course, additional hours of service are always welcomed throughout the year. 
  • Must be open to learning new ideas and interested in working with people within a museum environment.

For many students, this learning program is a first-time work experience. As such, no specific prior experience is necessary. We are looking for teens who can demonstrate a strong interest in the Museum and/or its content, history, science, community service and a desire to work with the public.


Spy Camp Counselor in Training AKA SPiT (SPy In Training)

(ages 15-17)

SPiT’s join the Museum’s Spy Camp staff for the coolest day camp experience in town! SPiT’s work side by side with the Museum’s educators in leading junior agents (ages 10-13) through a variety of exciting outdoor and indoor missions, field trips, hands on activities and LOTS of fun.  Counselor in Training duties include:

  • Assist staff with managing of group of 9 “recruits” ages 10 to 13 as they cycle through workshops, mini-lectures, and missions both inside and outside the Museum building.
  • Prepare workshop materials, assist with clean up, and assist Museum staff as needed throughout the program to ensure camp runs smoothly.
  • Assist Museum staff with morning and afternoon carpool camper check in and check out.


  • Have high energy, excellent verbal skills, a flair for the dramatic, and enjoy working with children!
  • Must have an interest in the Museum’s content and a desire to learn.
  • Responsible and autonomous – arrive to work on time each day and stay focused on volunteer duties.
  • Be able to put your cell phone away for hours at a time – trust us…it’ll be okay!