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 MH programs for free or reduced admission

 

We ask that all volunteers be at least 16 years old.


Current Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections

 

Digital Collections Assistant:
Performs scanning and metadata services for collections in the digitization queue

 

Special Collections Assistant:
Updates and improves catalog records for special collections material

 

Cataloguing Assistant:
Creates and updates catalog records for library collection

 

All Library and Special Collections volunteer applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel), and have the willingness/ability to be trained on image processing and data entry in our collections management systems. We use Adobe Acrobat for scanning projects and Past Perfect Museum Software for collections management.

Please contact the Librarian/Archivist at archive@montgomeryhistory.org directly with questions or to apply.

 

Development Assistant:
Volunteers will assist in the areas of Membership and Annual Giving, Donor Relations, and Foundation Giving.
Examples of tasks the volunteer will perform include:
– drafting/editing print materials and letters used in Montgomery History mailings
– working in the membership/donor database to produce reports
– assisting with cultivation events (including logistics, on-site support, and follow up)
– drafting stewardship and grant reports
– assisting with other related administrative projects

Familiarity with Microsoft Office software program is required.

Please contact Katharine Stewart at KStewart@MontgomeryHistory.org directly with questions or to apply.

 

Museum Docent:
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. Docents are asked to work two afternoons per month.

 

Gift Shop Associate:
Volunteers assist our Gift Shop Manager with inventory and assisting customers. We ask that Gift Shop Volunteers be available at least twice a week. Experience in sales is encouraged and work with the public is required. The gift shop is open Thursday to Sunday 12:00-4:00.

 

Special Events Volunteer:
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.

 

Garden Volunteer:
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 on–site, 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.

 

Communications and Outreach Assistant:
Communications Volunteers assist with marketing and communications for our educational outreach and public programs.
Examples of tasks the volunteer will perform include:
– assisting with research and writing for bi-weekly e-newsletter History Happenings, and quarterly print newsletter History Matters
– assisting with social media campaigns
– updating the organization’s website using Word Press
– maintaining database of email addresses
– assisting with programs and events as needed

Familiarity with Microsoft Office software program is required.

 

To apply for any of the above volunteer positions please fill out the Volunteer Application and send it to the person listed and/or to our Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Riese at LRiese@montgomeryhistory.org along with a résumé.

Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are approved for high school students.


Internship Opportunities

Our Internship Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington, DC area as part of their degrees.

 

Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections

Montgomery County Archives

Please contact the Librarian/Archivist directly at archive@montgomeryhistory.org

 

Curatorial and Museum Collections Interns:

Please contact the Curator directly at ELay@MontgomeryHistory.org