VOLUNTEER - Your Time and Talents
Experience a sense of accomplishment using your unique talents and skills. Enjoy opportunities for dialogue and interaction with artists. Meet new friends who have similar interests. Receive the priceless gift of learning more about art and culture. The most important requirement? A willingness to serve.Experience a sense of accomplishment using your unique talents and skills. Enjoy opportunities for dialogue and interaction with artists. Meet new friends who have similar interests. Receive the priceless gift of learning more about art and culture. The most important requirement? A willingness to serve.
Hammonds House Museum welcomes volunteers and the many contributions they make to the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and operations. Volunteers play an extremely important role in making guests feel at home, educating visitors, assisting with day-to-day administrative tasks, and lending ideas and expertise for special events. As goodwill ambassadors for the museum, volunteers provide visitors with positive and lasting impressions. There are a variety of interesting and rewarding ways that volunteers can share their skills and talents:
Administration – Volunteers assist with developing spreadsheets and inputting data, drafting and editing copy, answering the telephone, organizing artist files, researching materials for the Resource Center, and other administrative tasks.
Communications – Volunteers with an interest and skills in marketing, public relations, writing, and film production help to promote museum programs by doing such tasks as preparing press releases, posting to our social media, updating the website, and editing videotapes.
Events – Volunteers help to implement and host receptions, youth activities, literary programs, and other special events. At events, volunteers help to set up, greet attendees, prepare and replenish refreshments, solicit museum memberships, manage activities, and clean up.
Gallery Sitting – Volunteers assist the staff during the work week by answering the door, greeting visitors, and handling routine admission procedures. Although this is a “low stress” job for volunteers, it is an important job that takes a lot of stress off the staff!
Tours – Docents are volunteers who are specially trained to support the educational component of Hammonds House Museum by conducting tours, participating in educational programming, speaking to outside groups, and being available for questions during museum events. Docents are given a private tour by the exhibiting artist before each exhibition opens, a real perk of the job!
Because "there's always something exciting going on at Hammonds House Museum," we can always use your help. Click below to download your volunteer application today!
Overview of Internship Program
Hammonds House Museum’s internship program offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to broaden their education and professional experience by learning and working in a non-profit art museum setting. Students will experience the unique challenge of working in a smaller organization where responsibilities overlap. Through this exposure interns will be able to take what they learn forward into larger institutions and into new levels of self development. This hands-on exposure enables interns to realize actual results and produce finished projects that can be used on resumes and to help build portfolios. In order to increase diversity in professions related to museums and the arts, Hammonds House Museum seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.
The objectives of the Internship Program are:
• To provide a framework for students from diverse academic backgrounds to apply their theoretical knowledge to further
their career education.
• To provide the students with exposure to the visual arts discipline and a fine art museum.
• To provide Hammonds House Museum with assistance and expertise from students who are specializing in various professional fields consistent with the museums goals and objectives.
Interns must be undergraduate, or recent graduate students with an expressed interest in the following arts-related fields:
- Fine Art - History, Administration and Education
- Museum – Management and Advocacy.
- Ethnic Studies - African, African American, and the African Diaspora.
- Museum Support Professions - Graphic Design, Retail Business, PR and Marketing.
Internships are unpaid; however, arrangements can be made for college credit. Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for a semester period (there may be some weekends and evenings needed on occasion). During this time, interns will complete a specific project as well as daily assignments. Interns will participate in staff meetings, special events, and various educational programs.
Every intern will be trained as a docent so they are able to speak knowledgably about the current exhibition. Interns must be able to work with others and independently, take charge, conduct themselves professionally and be able to interact with public as needed.