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Design Apprenticeship Program


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Teens & Young Adults

The Design Apprenticeship Program brings together teens and professionals from across the D.C. metropolitan area to design and build full scale projects for the Museum and the city. The program is free, and lunch is provided.

What will I do?

  • Learn how to use the design process to make your ideas a reality
  • Receive training in how to use hand-held, power, and woodshop tools
  • Meet like-minded teens from across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
  • Collaborate with professionals in architecture, construction, and design
  • Take field trips to Home Depot, Community Forklift, and neighboring communities

When is it?

The Design Apprenticeship Program meets Saturdays during the fall and spring of the school year from 10 am to 3 pm.

Tentative spring 2017 Program Dates (returning participants only):

  • March: 4, 11, 18, 25
  • April: 1, 8, 22, 29
    • No session on April 15 to accommodate spring break schedules
  • May: 6

Fall 2017 program dates (returning participants only) will be in October and November.

Who should apply?

Current middle and high school students, ages 13 – 18, who are:

  • committed to attending all program days, and
  • interested in learning about architecture, design, leadership, or engineering, or how to be more involved in their community.

Applications for spring 2017 will be emailed to all returning participants at the end of January.

Want to see more?

Follow Teen Programs on Facebook or Instagram to see the programs in action or previous projects.

Subscribe to the Teen Programs mailing list to receive announcements about application process and dates.

DAP 2011 Takoma Education Campus
A Design Apprenticeship Program team assembles their storage solution.
Photo by Museum staff


The Design Apprentice Program is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; DAVIS Construction; The Butz Foundation; Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance; and an anonymous donor. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for Teen Programs at the National Building Museum.