Volunteer Program

Volunteers have provided vital support for the Smithsonian Institution since its establishment in 1846. Volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging our audiences and supporting behind-the-scenes work. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Volunteer Program began in 2008 and is highly competitive. 

Currently, the NMAAHC is not accepting applications. If you are interested in volunteering in the future, you can sign up to receive an alert when we reopen volunteer recruitment.  

FAQs

I am interested in becoming an NMAAHC Volunteer, how do I apply?

The NMAAHC is not accepting volunteer applications because we are currently training 250 volunteers and onboarding another 130 to work in the new museum. As a result, we cannot accept new applications at this time.

Sign up to receive an alert when recruitment reopens in 2017.

 

I would like to volunteer my talents and skills to the NMAAHC.

The NMAAHC is not accepting volunteer application. You can sign up to receive an alert when we reopen volunteer recruitment.

The Smithsonian Institution has many opportunities for you to play an essential role in inspiring and engaging millions of people from all over the world. We encourage you to explore the many opportunities available around the Institution and discover the right volunteer program for you.

 

I live outside the Washington, DC area, but would still like to volunteer for the museum. How can I get involved?

We are still offering a Virtual Volunteer Program. Please indicate your interest in that when you sign up for volunteer opportunity alerts.

 

Who do I contact for more information about the NMAAHC volunteer program?

If the information listed on our website does not answer your question you may email our volunteer resource account, nmaahcvolunteers@si.edu.

 

I would like to work for the NMAAHC

A volunteer position does not transition into a permanent position. If you are seeking employment, please monitor positions announced on the Smithsonian Institution Office of Human Resources website and apply via USA Jobs.

 

I would like to volunteer my talents to the new museum. How can I submit my ideas for activities, exhibitions, programs, publications, and tours?

At this time the NMAAHC is unable to accept submissions for activities, exhibitions, programs, publications, and tours. In this final push toward our opening, the museum staff is singularly focused on the enormous task of fundraising and visibility; building the collections; creating both pre-opening and inaugural exhibitions for the new Museum; producing public and classroom programs; designing publications and technology; and constructing a building.

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