The Explorers Program is a college, career, and life readiness program that enables Newark-area high school students to build essential skills and self-confidence through a curriculum that draws upon the Museum’s unique collections, resources, and staff.

Every year, students from diverse backgrounds learn about their passions and strengths and develop new skills as public speakers, teachers, researchers, and leaders. Students are also paid for their participation in the program.

As part of the program, students participate in the following experiences:

  • Internships in different areas of the Museum, for which students design and lead projects to gain real-life experience in a variety of jobs and fields of study
  • Workshops focused on leadership training, public speaking, team-building, and Museum-based art and science projects that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning
  • Group trips to other institutions of culture and learning

Over their three- to four-year tenure in the program, participants must commit to spending six after-school hours per week in the program during the school year, in addition to 30 hours of community service per year, and 25 hours per week each summer.


Application Period Now Closed

Thank you for applying to the Explorers Program. Our team is currently reviewing all applications and we are planning to schedule interviews starting July 17, 2023. All candidates will receive an email, to schedule an in-person interview.

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For more information, call 973-596-5143, or email us at

Linda Harrison, Shirley Thomas and Jessica Nuñez with the Explorers at the 2019 Gala.

Since the program began 25 years ago, more than 300 students have graduated from the Explorers Program. Over the past 12 years, 100% of students graduating from the program went on to attend institutions of higher education.