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Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful


Smithsonian Associates produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by Smithsonian's research, collections and exhibitions. In FY 2019, over 360 volunteers donated their time and talent at more than 550 seminars, performances, lectures, studio art classes, and bus tours. 26 office volunteers worked behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Together, these public facing and office volunteers gave 16,016 hours of their time. Volunteers are an integral and invaluable part of our operations!

Remote Volunteer Opportunites

Details coming 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!


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!