Volunteer Opportunities

A museum volunteer helps visitors at a program

Whether you hope to explore an arts career, expand your horizons, or simply lend a hand, volunteering at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is a wonderful way to get involved with a small and dedicated staff. Volunteer and internship experiences are available in departments throughout the museum—including education, curatorial, conservation, and communications and marketing.

Education Volunteers

Docents

Museum docents lead exhibition and highlights tours for adults and conduct school group programs on regular weekdays and occasional weekends. They also interpret exhibitions for visitors from aesthetic, cultural, and technical points of view.

You must make a two-year commitment and attend weekly Thursday morning training and enrichment sessions September through May. Docents are also required to be available to lead tours and school programs three hours per week and one weekend afternoon per month, October to May. 

To apply for a docent position, please contact Tom Goehner, curator of education, at tgoehner@gwu.edu

Program Volunteers 

Program volunteers assist with public programs, including workshops and lectures, and facilitate hands-on activities at family programs, including the museum's summer family festival. Program volunteers make a one-year commitment, must attend an initial orientation session, and are scheduled for a minimum of one weekend day per month.

Program volunteers are recruited and trained three times a year, in alignment with the university's academic calendar (fall, spring, and summer), although applications are accepted year round. To be considered for a specific term's program volunteer class, applications must be turned in at least ten days before the following orientation sessions:

Summer: May 2015

To apply for a volunteer opportunity in the education department, please complete the online application.