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Volunteer Opportunities

Photos of Clarice Smith Institute activities

Erin Mathias leads a videoconference discussion.

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There are a number of ways to volunteer at American Art, either interacting with the public or working behind-the-scenes on special projects.

Videoconference Presenters

Videoconference presenters engage students and adult learners in an exploration of America's stories through real time, interactive videoconferencing. If you like to inspire others by making art come alive, become an Artful Connections presenter. Learn how to combine inquiry-based teaching techniques with digitized artworks and technology through a training class that begins in October 2016. View job description and training details. Fill out an application by July 25. For more information, contact Peg Koetsch at KoetschP@si.edu or (202) 633-8352, or Becky Fulcher at FulcherR@si.edu or 202.633.8537.

Museum Docents

Docents conduct visits for adults and school groups of all ages at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, in addition to presenting community outreach programs. If you enjoy discussing artwork with others, consider joining the docent program. For more information, contact CohrsG@si.edu.

Art Signs Gallery Guides

Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)? Interested in expressing your thoughts and raising questions about American art? Art Signs Guides facilitate thirty-minute gallery conversations in ASL for hearing, deaf and hearing-impaired visitors. For more information, contact WilsonCL@si.edu.

Luce Foundation Center Information Desk

The Luce Foundation Center is often looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at its information desk. E-mail SAAMLuce@si.edu or call (202) 633-5435 for details.

Internship Program

If you are a college student who is interested in a museum career, check out the Smithsonian American Art Museum's nationally recognized internship program.

Behind-The-Scenes/Museum Information Desk

To learn more about behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities at the Smithsonian or to apply to be a visitor information specialist at the museum’s information desk, check out Smithsonian opportunities for volunteer service or e-mail info@si.edu.