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Smithsonian Associates produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions. In 2017, over 300+ volunteers donated their time and talent at over 500 of our seminars, performances, lectures, studio art classes, and bus tours. Our 30 office volunteers worked behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Together, our public facing and office volunteers gave 17,280 hours of their time in 2017. Volunteers are an integral and invaluable part of our operations!

Current Volunteer Opportunites

There are currently two positions available:

Interviews for these positions will be this fall, training will be Saturday, December 1, 2018. Office volunteer positions are also available on a rolling basis.

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!

Special Events

Smithsonian Associates hosts a variety of large-scale events throughout the year that rely on volunteer support for their success.


Linda Koepnick, Event Rep Volunteer since 2004

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.

Sharon Boyle, Study Tours Bus Rep since 2014

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! Its a gift to be a part of it all!

Jim Reierson, Office Volunteer

I volunteer 4 hours per week in the office, working on databases and mailing lists. I enjoy coming to the National Mall weekly to help Smithsonian Associates provide unique learning opportunities to the greater DC community.

Lindsay Malecha, Studio Arts Rep/Event Rep since 2016

The number and diversity of programs keep you interested and wanting to volunteer more than they need you and way more than the annual commitment, like I always want to.

Alvina Jones, Event/Concessions Rep since 2016

What has surprised me about volunteering is how much I enjoy working the Concessions cart! It’s really a lot of fun and the patrons are not shy about expressing their appreciation. It also gives the volunteers an opportunity to further promote Smithsonian Associates.

Pat Seals, Event Rep and Study Tours Bus Rep since 2014

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.

Dennis Donlon, Studio Arts Rep since 2016

I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of arts program that is considered one of the best places in the USA for the exploration of both traditional masters techniques and creative discoveries in painting, calligraphy and photography, and more.

In fact, the list of subjects that are taught is limitless and the instruction unchallenged by its noncompetitive and relaxed approach to teaching. The hands on experience makes you feel like a very integral part of the art world!

Rita Chow, Event Rep since 1999

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.

Rick Davidson, Event Rep since 1975

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.