Volunteer & Internship Opportunities at Montgomery History


Join our dedicated team of volunteers– we need you!

  •      Share your love of history
  •      Help actively preserve our County’s history
  •      Learn new skills and meet new people
  •      Receive training from experts in the fields of history, archives, and museum studies
  •      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 Volunteer Opportunities


Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections

Research and Reference Assistant (weekdays only)

Assists Library patrons or remote researchers with use of the Library’s resources to answer reference questions. Experience with customer relations and/or historical research is preferred but not required. Volunteers will be trained on access to and knowledge of resources before interacting with researchers independently. Ability to use a computer required.


Archival Processing Assistant (weekdays only)

Assists Archivist with processing of collections: archival arrangement and description, rehousing of material, data entry into collections management system. Experience working in an archives or work toward an archival degree program preferred but not required.


Special Collections Assistant (weekdays only)
Updates and improves catalog records for special collections material, family files, and vertical files, including providing summary of contents and relevant key words. Experience with Past Perfect Museum Software preferred; willingness to learn operation of collections management software necessary.


Cataloguing Assistant:
Creates and updates catalog records for the library’s collection of books on local/regional history, genealogy, and other historical topics.


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 directly with questions or to apply. You will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Application and provide a current resume.



Montgomery History Administration

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.


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.


Please contact the administration office to apply for these positions. You will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Application and provide a current resume.



Beall-Dawson Museum

Museum Docent (weekends only)
Museum Docents provide guided tours of the Federal era Beall-Dawson House Museum and the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine in Rockville to visitors of all ages. Docents 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 Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00. 


Gift Shop Associate (weekends only)
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 Saturday and 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.


To apply for museum volunteer positions please fill out the Volunteer Application and send it to Volunteer Coordinator Laura Riese at LRiese@montgomeryhistory.org along with a résumé.


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

Current Internship Opportunities

We only provide formal internships to undergraduate and graduate students in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington, DC area as part of a degree program and/or for class credit.


Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections and/or Montgomery County Archives Internships:

Please contact the Librarian/Archivist directly.


Curatorial and Museum Collections Internships:

Please contact the Collections Manager directly.