Smithsonian Associates produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by Smithsonian's
research, collections and exhibitions. Volunteers are an integral and invaluable part of our operations!
There are currently no open volunteer positions. Check back again soon!
Benefits & Privileges
Our volunteers enjoy a host of benefits and privileges such as discounted or
free tickets, discounts on food around the Smithsonian, and more!
Deciding to volunteer for Smithsonian Associates is one of the smartest things I
have ever done. The variety of speakers is breathtaking, everyone from Sandra Day
O'Connor to Joe Torres. It has been a pure joy.
My volunteer experience with Smithsonian Associates gives me the opportunity to
continue learning about a variety of topics that interest me, but the best part
is that I learn about things that I never knew I would enjoy!
I meet & make friends
with people on our bus tours that have an innate curiosity like me and the study
leaders are always passionate and share such fascinating facts.
Its a gift to be a part of it all!
Volunteering via live streamed programs has probably been the best thing to come of the pandemic since its allowed me to help out all the way from Texas! My favorites have been studio arts courses, such as Beginning Drawing. I really enjoyed watching everyone's progress.
I love being a Smithsonian Associates Remote Volunteer. Whether you're broadcasting the Smithsonian introductory slides, posting information in the chat box, or curating audience questions, you get to work closely with Smithsonian Associates staff, your fellow volunteers, and our presenters (many of whom are world famous), to put together the best possible experience for our viewers.
I volunteer because I've benefitted as an Associate member for years and want to help Smithsonian streaming events keep going off without a hitch. It's a privilege to help ensure nothing distracts from the excellent content!
I was eager to be a Smithsonian Associates volunteer and these are just a few of the reasons why: 1) opportunity to meet (via zoom at this time) different people 2) learn about different topics I may not have been exposed to in my work and personal life. I have certainly been able to fulfill these reasons and more volunteering for the varied topics provided by Smithsonian Associates' programs. There are also discounted (and some free) programs available for volunteers. It's a Win/Win!
Remote volunteering for SA during the pandemic has been an unexpected treat and an awesome coping mechanism. I look forward to supporting the SA team and learning amazing things for each program. The world comes to my laptop.
The best part of helping as a remote volunteer is working with the wonderful Smithsonian Associates staff. Also, I learn so much from the interesting and knowledgeable speakers. I assist with Zoom programs for art, art history, religion, music, travel, flower arranging and many more!
I'm not sure if she's impressed, (it takes a lot) but my 10-year old daughter has peeked in on my Studio Arts programs and plans to check out my upcoming Marie Antoinette at Versailles lecture. It's nice that my volunteering is encouraging her to learn more and showing her I enjoy learning too!
I love interacting with the patrons. I see different folks attending
different programs and I really enjoy interacting with them and making
sure they have an outstanding experience.
One of the best things about
being a Smithsonian Associates Event Rep and Bus Rep are the broad
areas of program choice. I have truly enjoyed this kind of volunteering
and look forward to doing it for many more years.
I chose Smithsonian Associates for the impressive breadth of its program offerings.
And now 19 later, I believe that volunteering is one of life's immeasurable gifts
for collegial friendships and gaining educational stimulating insights.
There are many things that I like about volunteering at
Smithsonian Associates. I like the experience to see a
lot of kind, interesting people—both participants, speakers,
other volunteers and the staff, too. Watching the work they do
to keep this organization running is really impressive.
I also like helping people find the escalator,
elevator, drinking fountain or restroom. It makes me feel good to
be able to help people.