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 National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is not accepting volunteer applications for ongoing or special events. If you are interested in volunteering in the future, you may sign up to receive an alert when we reopen volunteer recruitment. Plans for future volunteer recruitment are TBD.  

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

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