The Smithsonian Latino Center’s Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP a college preparatory and leadership program encourages graduating high school seniors to explore a wide range of academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.
Up to 24 students are selected for an all-expense paid, interdisciplinary training seminar in Washington, D.C., and a four-week paid internship in a museum and cultural institution in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations.
Those selected to participate have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures. Through this program, Latino youth are empowered to develop leadership and academic skills and foster pride in their own cultural heritage.
Eligibility & Qualifications
Admission is competitive. To be eligible for the program, you must:
1. Be a high school senior graduating in 2013
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. Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week summer internship
6. Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited community college, college, or university (enrollment will be verified for the Fall 2013).
Deadline is April 12, 2013