Jobs & Volunteering
CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON
The Czech Center Museum offers internship programs in a variety of fields encompassing business and public administration, history, and art. Gain invaluable experience learning the ins and outs of helping run a non-profit organization. Some of their interns help run its social media channels, translate history and art materials, catalog and help preserve art. Click here for more information.
Arts Administration Interns play a critical role in the administration and production of DiverseWorks’ overall programs and events. Selected interns will be provided the opportunity to explore several areas of a non-profit arts organization by assisting staff members with projects in the office related to curatorial, marketing, development, and administrative activities. This internship is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in a future career as a curator, artist, or arts administrator. Please visit their site for the latest information, including application deadlines.
HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
The Houston Center for Photography seeks creative individuals with an interest in photography and the visual arts for internship opportunities. Offered year-round, internships at HCP provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate students to gain practical, hands-on experience in the exhibitions, education, and development departments. HCP hopes to match each intern with duties that align with their interests and learning goals. Visit their site for the latest information.
THE HEALTH MUSEUM
Undergraduate and graduate student internships are available at The Health Museum, as well as work-study opportunities for Baylor Medical Students and undergraduate students from the University of Saint Thomas. Click here for the latest information.
LAWNDALE ART CENTER
Lawndale welcomes current students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) to apply for its six-month internship program. The internship program is designed to allow students an immersive, hands-on experience in the field of arts administration. Interns will work on projects ranging from development to exhibition prep to general office and administration duties. For more information, click here.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
The MFAH internship and fellowship program provides specialized training and career readiness for undergraduate and graduate students, fostering the next generation of museum professionals and active community partners. You can find extensive information about the MFAH’s program here.
The Rothko Chapel is always looking for dedicated individuals who have a strong interest in the areas of art, spirituality, and human rights, and who seek to gain valuable experience working within a non-profit organization. Internship opportunities are made available on a case-by-case basis, and are customized depending on the applicant’s area of interests, skills, past work experience, availability, and the organization’s needs. Click here for more information.
ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER
Asia Society Texas Center is seeking volunteers who are excited to join in its mission of promoting cultural understanding between Asia and the West! Help others gain a wider perspective on the many Asian cultures and communities represented here in Houston while also enjoying great art, speakers, and innovative educational programming. Volunteers can participate in cultural events and educational activities, including music and dance performances, film screenings, policy discussions, arts exhibitions, street festivals, and educational programs for K-12 students and adults. To learn more about volunteering opportunities, please click here.
BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is looking for volunteer docents to support its mission and elevate the guest experience. Volunteers should possess strong communication skills and be able to interact with diverse audiences. Being a history buff is a plus, but no experience is necessary! For more information, visit https://buffalosoldiersmuseum.org/give/volunteer/.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON
*The Children’s Museum has temporarily suspended its volunteer program due to COVID-10.* The Children’s Museum offers volunteer opportunities for teens, adults, and groups. During your volunteer experience, you have the chance to interact with visitors, assist staff in the action-packed exhibits or help the Museum’s hard-working administrative staff! Become a CMH Volunteer!
CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON
The Czech Center Museum Houston provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, art, music, stories, and lives of Czechs, Slovaks, and people of all cultures who left their country to seek liberty and democracy in America. The Czech Center is looking for upstanding volunteers to help with a wide range of activities. There are opportunities for teens, adults, and seniors. For more information, please click here.
DiverseWorks is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with exhibition openings, special events, and exhibition installations. To be added to their volunteer email list, please email DiverseWorks with the word “Volunteer” in the subject line.
THE HEALTH MUSEUM
The Health Museum has many volunteer opportunities for adults and teens (ages 15-18). If you are a team player, friendly and outgoing, comfortable greeting the public, committed to a positive experience for our guests, and willing to learn about the Museum and its programs, check out their volunteer programs on their website here.
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON
Volunteering opportunities abound at Holocaust Museum Houston in many different areas, which include docents, assisting in the administrative offices, library and resource center, at the reception desk, and in the bookstore. The Visitor & Volunteer Services staff works with applicants to determine interests and skills and place them accordingly. For more information, check out https://hmh.org/volunteer/
HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
Volunteering with HCCC can be a great way to learn more about contemporary craft, give back to the Houston community, and even build your skills and resume toward a future career in the arts. HCCC is always looking for new faces to join its team of volunteers. An ideal volunteer will have a passionate interest in craft, be reliable and punctual, and be able to commit to 10-20 volunteer hours per year. If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer, please click here.
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
For each program and exhibition at HMAAC, there are dedicated people working behind the scenes. HMAAC has volunteer positions available for people to come together, for neighbors to connect, and for individuals to make a difference in our community. Please click here for more information.
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Volunteers provide vital support at HMNS’s main campus at Hermann Park, and at its two satellite facilities (George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park and HMNS at Sugar Land). Volunteers may give tours to school children and other groups, perform demonstrations in exhibit halls, present outreach programs, and assist staff behind the scenes. Learn more here.
Join the team of over 350 adult volunteers (18 and older) who contribute their time to help make the Zoo a great place to visit and to save animals in the wild! The Zoo’s adult volunteers are offered training, support, invitations to special volunteer appreciation events, discounts on concessions and Zoo membership, and the opportunity to develop new skills and make new friends. Check out the opportunities here.
The Zoo also has a special volunteer program for teens: the Zoo Crew. Teens, ages 13-17, have the opportunity to explore everything that the Houston Zoo does to save animals in the wild. From zookeepers, to groundskeepers, to the marketing department, Zoo Crew Explorers will learn about all the different career possibilities and how each of their staff members are active in saving wildlife. Find application and deadline information here.
LAWNDALE ART CENTER
Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit arts organization that emphasizes contemporary art by artists living and working in Houston. Volunteering at Lawndale is a great way to be a part of its community, allowing community members to assist Lawndale events, exhibitions, and ongoing projects. They welcome volunteers above the age of 16 on a rolling basis. For more information, check out the program here.
MOODY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Moody volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the life of a vibrant new arts organization and to contribute valuable visitor services to Rice University. Qualified volunteer candidates should possess a love and appreciation of the arts, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, and an understanding that reliability is critical. For more information about volunteering at the Moody, please click here.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
Each year, more than 1,000 people contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Houston by donating their time to the MFAH. People of different backgrounds, from students to retirees, help the Museum meet its goal of bringing art into the lives of others. At the MFAH, volunteer opportunities encompass various abilities and interests. Options include leading tours of the Museum galleries, helping in the MFA Shop, assisting with clerical duties, greeting guests, and facilitating children’s art projects. For more information, please visit https://www.mfah.org/about/volunteers.
Join The Rothko Chapel’s community of engaged volunteers who contribute their time and skills to support the visitor experience at the Rothko Chapel. Guild Members must be 18 or older and have a strong interest in the Rothko Chapel and its mission. Volunteers serve two shifts per month for one year, from September to August. Shifts range from 2 to 4 hours. You can learn more about volunteering at the Chapel here.
Click the links below to see the current job opportunities at these Museum District organizations:
- Asia Society Texas Center
- Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
- The Health Museum
- Holocaust Museum Houston
- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
- Houston Center for Photography
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Houston Zoo
- Lawndale Art Center
- The Menil Collection
- Moody Center for the Arts
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Rothko Chapel
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