Volunteers for Smithsonian Associates play a pivotal role in the continued success of our programs by providing friendly, dependable service in a variety of ways. Staff members rely on the support of both Office Volunteers and our Studio Arts, Event/Concessions and Bus Representatives in all aspects of program and administrative activity.
No particular credential or work experience is required to become an Office Volunteer. However, it is highly desirable that applicants have an interest in the Smithsonian Associates mission as well as a willingness to work with staff, members, and other volunteers.
Become a Volunteer!
Prospective volunteers are requested to complete an application. Upon receipt of the application form, you will be contacted
to schedule an interview, provided that volunteer assignments are available.
- Apply to be an Office Volunteer
- Apply to be a volunteer for Studio Arts or an Event/Concessions representative
Studio Art Representatives
The Associates Studio Art Representatives contribute to the success of all our hands on art classes and represent Smithsonian Associates and Smithsonian Institution to the public. They typically help with the following:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, although training sessions are infrequent. Interviews with Volunteer Office staff are required after completed applications are received and prior to training. Interviews serve to outline Volunteer Program requirements, provide procedural information, and allow staff to learn more about you.
Studio Arts volunteers support the classes on a weekly basis for uo to 8 weeks at a time. There are typically 50 courses to choose from. Check out the current semester's course offering.
The Studio Arts Representatives program is educationally enriching. Successful Event Representatives possess the ability to work well with others, have a flexible and congenial personality, and share a strong belief in mission of Smithsonian Associates.
Office Volunteers at Smithsonian Associates provide critical support in various departments within the office and enjoy an "insider's" perspective. Volunteers that staff the reception desk are often the only representative from the organization with whom Smithsonian Associates members or prospective members have contact.
Projects available for office volunteer assignments include:
- providing administrative support to the volunteer coordinator
- assisting in public information and membership card mailings
- supporting program development
- helping to publicize our programs by creating targeted emails
- working on special projects based on experience and interests
Participation in the Office Volunteer Program involves a commitment to serving at least one four-hour shift per week for a minimum of one year. In order to volunteer in the Associates office, you must have weekday availability, and maintain an active membership (a $35 annual fee for the $60 level of member benefits.).
Benefits & Privileges
Benefits and privileges that our ongoing volunteers enjoy are:
- An SI Photo ID (which identifies volunteers as non-paid staff)
- Notice of exclusive events and programs not open to the public
- Discounts in Smithsonian Museum shops
- Working within a supportive and welcoming environment