Volunteer Program

Volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging our audiences and supporting behind-the-scenes work. Volunteers greet and welcome visitors, provide information and tours, and support staff in a variety of functions.


The museum has several volunteer programs.  We are currently accepting applications for our Docents, Special Events, and Public Programs volunteer programs.   Please continue to check our website for recruitment updates regarding our other volunteer programs.

Public Program Volunteer

Doing Good Does You Good!  Program Volunteers support and contribute to the successful undertaking of the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s public programs, educator programs, and conferences. Volunteers represent the Museum and the Smithsonian Institution to the public at these programs.

Public Program Volunteer Application

Museum Docent Volunteer

Things get solved if you get involved!  Apply to become a docent at the National Museum of African American History and Culture!  Docents are volunteer facilitators who provide group learning experiences in the form of museum tours, demonstrations, or instruction in special activity areas.  They are an essential link between the public and the Museum. 

Museum docent Volunteer Application

Special Events Volunteer

If You See a Need, Take the Lead!  Become a Special Events Volunteer.  You can support and contribute to the successful undertaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s private events!

SPECIAL EVENTS Volunteer Application

Children's Program Volunteer

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can! Become a Children’s Program Volunteer and enhance the museum experience for our youngest visitors and their caregivers at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Children's program Volunteer Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to overwhelming interest, we are unable to respond to individual public inquiry.

We plan to offer a Virtual Volunteer Program. Please indicate your interest in that when you sign up for volunteer opportunity alerts.

Volunteer positions do not transition into permanent positions. If you are seeking employment, please monitor announcements on the Smithsonian Institution Office of Human Resources website and apply via USA Jobs.

At this time the NMAAHC is unable to accept submissions for activities, exhibitions, programs, publications, and tours.

The Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA) ensures compliance with regulatory guidelines and Institutional policies as they relate to diversity and equal opportunity; the office provides direction, oversight, facilitation, and reports on all aspects of equal opportunity (EO) in the Smithsonian Institution's employment and business relationships.

Learn more about the Smithsonian’s EEO policy.

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.

Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Activist