Discovery Corps Camp Assistant Program

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The Discovery Corps Camp Assistant program for teens exists to foster student interest in science, nature, and technology by placing exceptional STEM-minded teens in areas where they can interact with and teach Museum guests and camp children. Due to the large number of students who have applied for 2020 Discovery Corps, no NEW applications are being accepted. Those students who have applied and submitted documents will be contacted in March with dates for April group interview opportunities. For those wishing to apply for 2021 Discovery Corps, applications for next summer’s program will open in November 2020.

Discovery Corps interview dates and program placements fill rapidly. Please keep in mind that interview spots are limited and function on a first come, first serve basis. Submitting a Discovery Corps application does not guarantee an interview.

The Perot Museum is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a federally recognized award. Those that achieve the award through service at the Perot Museum receive an official recognition pin, certificate, Perot Museum fleece and a letter from the sitting President of the United States, at a special event in January.


  • Must be 14 years of age prior to start date of volunteering
  • Entering freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in fall of 2020
  • All volunteers working in Discovery Camps, including teens, must complete and clear a background check
  • Teens must complete the Discovery Corps Camp Assistant program prior to becoming a year-round volunteer. Upon the completion of the Discovery Corps Camp Assistant program, students can request a transition to general volunteers, with Volunteer Services approval.


Service Commitment

  • Attend one orientation
  • Complete 40 hours (Monday through Friday) in Discovery Camp from 8:30am-3pm (inclusive of one project with assigned camp group from 3pm-4:30pm)
  • Complete 20 hours of flexible, self-scheduled shifts throughout the Museum exhibit halls
  • Participate in the creation and presentation of one final project

Application Requirements

Applications for the 2020 Discovery Corps Camp Assistant program are now closed.

  • Complete the Discovery Corps Camp Assistant online application
  • Submit resume and cover letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format


  • Cover letter should be addressed to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Volunteer Services and briefly discuss the following topics:
    • Why do you want to be a Discovery Corps Camp Assistant?
    • Why do you think you would be a good fit as a Discovery Corps Camp Assistant?
    • What attributes/experience do you bring that will make you an excellent Discovery Corps Camp Assistant?
  • Submit the teacher/reference approval form from a current teacher or reference
  • Selected applicants will be invited to a group interview.
  • All requested documents must be submitted in order to be eligible for consideration for a group interview invitation. 
  • Email a copy of your Resume, Cover Letter, and completed Teacher/Reference Approval Form to in a single email with the subject line “Discovery Corps 2020 Application”


For any questions or guidance on submitting documents, please contact our Volunteer Services Team.

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