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.

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.
  • Available for a one-hour group interview on one of the following dates: Sunday, April 19, 2020, Friday, April 24, 2020, or Sunday, April 25, 2020.
  •  Available for mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 6 AND Sunday, June 7, 2020. Additional optional workshops and trainings will be offered by Museum staff, board members, and invited VIP guests.
  • 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.
  • Submit a completed online application or PDF application no later than April 17, 2020.
  • Submit parent/guardian signed documents within 2 weeks of acceptance (including injury waiver, photography waiver, and conduct policy).

For many students, this work-based 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.

Download PDF to see a full list of benefits for active members of the Explainer Operations Program.


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.  Teens interested in this opportunity will work from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm July 27th –  July 31st AND August 3rd – 7th.  They must also be available for a mandatory Spy Camp staff training from 4pm to 9pm on Wednesday, July 22nd. 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.


  • Be at least 15 years old by July 22nd and no older than 17 years old.
  • 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!
  • Submit a completed online application or PDF application no later than April 17, 2020.

Download PDF to see a full list of benefits for active members of the Spy Camp Counselor in Training Program. 

Want to join the team?

If you are interested in joining the Teen Volunteer Program for the 2020 Summer Session please apply online or submit PDF application. If you are selected, the Volunteer Manager will be in contact with you. Please keep in mind that the Teen Volunteer Program is very popular and competitive. If you do not receive a spot in this year’s program, we hope you apply again in the future.