Volunteer Program

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is not accepting volunteer applications for ongoing or special events.

On September 24, 2016, the museum does not require individuals, non-profit, governmental, or corporate group volunteers. All volunteers for the Dedication Ceremony have been selected, passed a security background screening, and have been trained.

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.  

FAQs

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

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

NMAAHC volunteers undergo a rigorous application and review process, complete a multi-month intensive training program, and commit to volunteering for a minimum of two years.

If interested in the NMAAHC program, please be advised that there are currently over 3000 of those interested in applying. Because of the overwhelming interest, NMAAHC is not accepting volunteer applications at this time. 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.  

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 plan to offer 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?

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

 

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.

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