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The Museum Conservation Institute - Volunteers

Volunteers at MCI take part in the Smithsonian's Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC) Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program. Opportunities may be available in a variety of areas: scientific, outreach and administrative. Volunteers provide a service to the Institution and do not receive any payment. Although volunteers may derive many of the same educational and enrichment benefits as interns, their efforts are viewed primarily as contributions to the on-going work of the institution. The majority of volunteer assignments are of an indefinite duration and involve a minimum weekly commitment.

The Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program (BVP) offers challenging alternatives to the more public-oriented volunteer activities and provides assistance to Smithsonian staff by recruiting and placing individuals who wish to contribute their time and expertise to specific areas of study within the Institution. Volunteers in this program work with staff members on both short-term and long-term projects. Placements are determined by matching volunteer qualifications, knowledge, interests, and availability with project requirements. Volunteer assignments can be arranged in most disciplines and museums.

Interested candidates should fill out the Volunteer Form and fax or e-mail it to the VIARC Office. Upon completion of a written application and a personal interview, qualified applicants are referred to staff members for consideration. Training, if required, is provided by the project supervisor.

Application Procedure

Applications may be submitted at any time. For further information or an application, contact:

Smithsonian Institution
SI Bldg., Rm. 153
MRC 010, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
202.633.1000 (voice/tape); 202.357-1729 (TTY)

Please provide postal address.

Learn more about Smithsonian's Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program.

Or print the application form and mail the completed form to the address above. You may include a résumé (maximum 2 pages e-mailed separately), if you wish. Upon receiving your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. The application form is in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), which requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software application.