If you love art, enjoy working with people, or both, this is the perfect opportunity to become involved in one of the Five College Area’s finest cultural attractions. As a volunteer, you will be an invaluable member of the Museum and part of a select and dedicated group of individuals who will represent the institution to the greater community.
An active corps of volunteer docents is important to the Museum's efforts to serve its diverse constituencies. In addition to providing tours of the Museum's permanent collection and special exhibitions to adult groups, these volunteers also offer educational programs to schools.
Our docents, who meet regularly on Tuesday mornings throughout the school year, possess a background in art history and an interest in working with visitors across the age spectrum to inform, educate, and stimulate interest in outstanding works of art.
For information contact Education Coordinator the Museum.
Volunteer Opportunities for Students
Society of Art Goddesses
The Society of Art Goddesss works with the campus Art Museum to engage the Mount Holyoke College community with a broad range of works of art, artists, and artistic ideas through student-centered Museum events, trips to local arts organizations/arts studios, art career panels, networking, and more. Members receive free admission to all museums visited on trips and invitations to all museum events. For information contact the Secretary, Fiza Khatri.
Mount Holyoke students are invited to participate in the Art Museum's extremely successful youth education program, which is offered to area schools each spring semester. Student volunteers are trained to present a participatory archaeology lesson in the classroom. This lesson has been developed to prepare elementary and middle-school students for a field trip touring the Museum’s ancient collection. New volunteers to the program generally begin in the fall semester with a series of trainings to prepare for delivering lessons in area schools in the spring. For information about the program, contact the Coordinator of Academic Affairs Ellen Alvord at 413.538.3249.
What better way to learn about the museum field than to experience it up-close and behind–the–scene? The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum awards a variety of formal and informal internships for Mount Holyoke College students and non–students. Museum interns gain experience and knowledge within the museum environment and work on meaningful projects under the guidance of museum professionals. The Museum welcomes and encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is dedicated to developing a culturally diverse internship program.
Academic Internships for Non-MHC Students
For graduate and undergraduate students, the Museum awards both part-time and full-time, unpaid, internships throughout the year. Students are responsible for obtaining departmental and faculty approval for course credit in their major field.
Special Project Internships for volunteers
For non-MHC students, or MHC students who will not receive course credit, the Museum offers informal, unpaid internships. Special Project Internships require a minimum commitment of 2 hours a week and are available year round. These internships become available periodically according to the needs of the Museum. Applicants are also invited to propose their own projects for consideration, and if a proposed project meets the Museum’s objectives, an internship will be created for that individual.