Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic interviewing and onboarding of new volunteers has been suspended until further notice.
In the meantime, we encourage you to stay connected to the Museum and its mission by contributing to ongoing virtual public projects. The Museum relies on contributors to the World Memory Project, Every Name Counts, and History Unfolded programs. This work can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.
The Museum accepts volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability. You must be at least 16 years old by the start of your service and should possess the following qualities:
- Compassion to deal with difficult subject matter and those who are affected by it
- Open-mindedness and patience to work with a diverse public and staff
- Integrity to represent the Museum and oneself with the highest standards
- Dedication to the Museum’s mission and to the values of the Volunteer Program
- Reliability to consistently keep one’s volunteer commitment to the Museum
- Applicants must reside in the United States.
- Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.
Visitor Services Volunteer Representatives serve as ambassadors to the public, greeting visitors and orienting them to the Museum, distributing daily passes, and assisting with crowd control. They must:
- Work one four-hour shift (morning or afternoon) every week or one six-hour shift every other weekend for a minimum of one year.
- Successfully complete a basic orientation and on-the-job training. Training is provided four times a year (February, May, August, and November) and includes three mandatory training days. Specialized areas require additional training.
- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Retail experience and customer service and foreign language skills are helpful.
Education and Tour Guide Volunteers help Museum staff conduct public presentations and tours for visitors, school groups, and law enforcement professionals. They must:
- Work at least one half-day (four hours) per week.
- Successfully complete a training program.
- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience in teaching or museum education, public service, and/or retail is helpful.
Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers work throughout the Museum as well as off-site. Tasks include research, translation, transcription, and providing customer service. Volunteers must:
- The schedule is generally flexible but may include weekly or biweekly shifts.
- Possess various skills are needed depending on the position. These may include foreign language(s), clerical, computer, research, and writing abilities.