Internship & Volunteer Opportunities at Montgomery History

 

Founded in 1944 by a group of concerned citizens who recognized that rapid suburban growth could erase evidence of the county’s rich past, Montgomery History today is a vibrant organization with a professional staff operating its museums, libraries, and ongoing public programming. The strength of Montgomery History lies with its dedicated corps of interns and volunteers who do everything from giving museum tours to cataloging new acquisitions to clipping newspaper articles to helping with special events.

 

By becoming an intern or volunteer at Montgomery History, you can:

 

  •      Share your love of history
  •      Know you are actively helping to save county history
  •      Learn new skills and meet new people
  •      Receive training from experts in the history and museum fields
  •      Participate in special workshops and programs
  •      Receive a 20% discount in the Museum Shop
  •      Attend MCHS programs for free or reduced admission

 

Current Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

 

STUDENT INTERNSHIPS: Internship opportunities are available year-round and can be tailored to fit individual student needs and/or coursework. Students can work one-on-one with staff members to gain experience in collections management, curatorial research, fundraising and grants writing, communications and outreach, interacting with the public, and other executive functions of our organization. This internship program is open to all Montgomery County and DC-area undergraduate and graduate students in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington DC Area.

 

MUSEUMS DOCENTS: Museum Docents provide guided tours of the Federal era Beall-Dawson House Museum and the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine in Rockville to adult and family visitors. They also staff the Museum Shop and answer telephone inquiries. A love of history and ability to work with the public are required. Training is provided. Museum hours are Thursday to Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00. Weekday docents are asked to work two afternoons per month, and weekend docents are asked to work one afternoon per month.

 

GARDEN VOLUNTEERS: Garden Volunteers are needed for tending our Medicinal Garden and the plant beds surrounding the Beall-Dawson and Stonestreet Museums located near downtown Rockville. Volunteers would work under the direction of a master gardener a few hours per week helping with weekly weeding, yearly mulching and planting, and garden cleanup. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about herbs and the medicines that were made from them.

Volunteers with some knowledge of plants and flowers who can commit to a weekly or biweekly schedule are preferred. Familiarity with garden tools is required and, while we have a limited number of tools onsite, having your own tools would be helpful. A small amount of training will be involved to make sure the volunteers are familiar with the property.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS: Special Events volunteers help out as needed for large programs such as the annual Montgomery County History Conference in January, History Day in March, Heritage Days in June, and for community fairs and festivals throughout the year.

 

GIFT SHOP VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers can assist our Gift Shop Manager with inventory, ordering, and assisting customers.

 

To start your journey with Montgomery History, download our Volunteer Application and email the document to the Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information, contact Laura Riese at 301-340-2825 or email lriese@montgomeryhistory.org.