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2017 Young Ambassadors Program Applicant Guide
Transcript of 2017 Young Ambassadors Program Applicant Guide
The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued program support from
Ford Motor Company Fund.
About the Program
The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP):
A national college preparatory and leadership program
for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences,
and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution
and its resources.
Participate in a week long pre-professional and pre-collegiate seminar in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian focusing on Latino perspectives with peers from all over the nation.
Complete a four-week interdisciplinary internship program at a museum or other cultural institution in one of 17 cities in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Explore careers in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities and meet Latino Leaders
Enhance networking skills and knowledge
Expenses and Program Stipend
Participation in the Young Ambassadors Program includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the one-week training seminar, round-trip travel costs to Washington, D.C., and a program stipend.
Students selected are responsible for all expenses during the four-week internship, including transportation, accommodations, and meals.
Upon completion of the five-week program
, participants will receive a $2,000 program stipend. Students that do not complete the training seminar and four-week internship will not receive the program stipend.
2016 Young Ambassadors
Up to 24 participants are selected through a competitive process, guided by a selection committee. To be eligible for the program, you must:
Be a high school senior graduating in 2017
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application
Have a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
Be fluent in English
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 the fall 2017)
Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship
The selection committee is comprised of museum and education professionals. The selection committee evaluates all application materials and submissions based on the following criteria:
1. Excellence in the:
a. Arts (e.g., film, visual, performing, design);
b. Sciences (e.g., natural, biological, chemical, planetary);
c. Humanities (e.g., language, literature, social sciences, business).
2. Academic record
3. Leadership experience
4. Commitment to education
5. Service learning and engagement with the Latino community
How to Apply
1) Create a Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) account by following this link http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP
2) Register a username and password; please be sure to save this information.
3) Once registered in SOLAA, search for the Smithsonian Latino Center 2017 Young Ambassadors Program.
4) Complete and submit your application for the 2017 YAP with all its materials. These application materials include your two short statements, one video, and one letter of recommendation.
Please Note: The application does not recognize special characters or accent marks. Please do not use when filling out the application.
For technical assistance with the application (i.e. lost password, trouble uploading documents, etc.), please contact the Smithsonian OCIO Help Desk at 202.633.4000 or OCIOHelpDesk@si.edu.
A completed YAP online (via SOLAA) application includes:
Two short statements (350 words)
A short video (2 minutes or less)
One (1) letter of recommendation that has been completed by an instructor, mentor or advisor.
The letter of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender directly to the Smithsonian Latino Center via the SOLAA system or by email to SLCEducation@si.edu. The letter should address the applicant's academic (discipline) excellence, leadership qualities, intellectual curiosity, community service, and goal setting abilities.
Send an materials that cannot be uploaded to the online application to the Smithsonian Latino Center at:
Young Ambassadors Program
Smithsonian Latino Center
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Suite 7042 MRC 512
Washington, DC 20024
Sending Letters of Recommendation and Additional Materials
All application materials should be submitted by April 9, 2017. These must be submitted electronically and those that cannot be uploaded online for submission must be mailed to the Smithsonian Latino Center by the deadline date by FEDEX or UPS
(Do Not Use Regular Mail).
February 6, 2017
April 9, 2017
Late April 2017
Applications process and
selection committee convenes
Selection process finalized; all applicants will be
notified of their application status
via their SOLAA account
June 25-July 1, 2017
Washington Week Training Seminar
July 5-August 2, 2017