You must be at least 16 to volunteer.
Absolutely! All volunteers must meet the same requirements including age minimum, time commitments and trainings.
Thank you so much for your interest, however, given the training requirements, a short volunteering assignment is not feasible.
All applicants 18 or older must successfully complete criminal/credit background checks.
Unpaid internships are handled by human resources and are occasionally available in various Newseum departments. Check for internship openings here.
Volunteer schedules are determined by various departments. Guides, for example, cover two shifts every day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekday guides volunteer for one shift a week at a minimum and weekend guides volunteer for one shift every other weekend at a minimum.
Training is scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Our volunteers have diverse backgrounds and interests, including some who worked in journalism and those who have not. However, all volunteers share an enthusiasm for engaging people of all ages, an interest in history and a passion for defending, explaining and promoting the First Amendment and free expression. To learn more about the volunteer experience, click here.