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Volunteering
Docents
Internships
Museum Courses
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Volunteering

Due to Covid-19, our policies regarding volunteers have changed. Contact mpc.volunteer@byu.edu for more information.

Want to get involved working at the Museum behind the scenes? The Museum has lots of great opportunities for volunteer work, and welcomes volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.

Volunteers work with the volunteer coordinator in choosing a project based on personal interests and needs of the museum. Volunteers may work in several different areas including: Collections, Archives, Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Public Relations, Education, Database Entry, and Exhibition Work.

Volunteers find their experience at the Museum to be valuable because it helps them determine their level of interest and skill for several types of museum-related work. It also often prepares them for paid positions in their field of interest. Volunteers are invaluable to the Museum because they handle projects that require time, work, and attention.

Docents

What are docents? Docents are volunteers who help the Museum in:

  • Leading tours
  • Conducting programs
  • Helping with special events
  • Generally representing the Museum to the public

Roughly 60 visitors a day come to the museum, most of which miss out on receiving educational tours and learning about the important role archaeology has on our community. If you enjoy history, culture, and talking to people you can help! Docents receive specific training to lead tours, conduct educational programs and community events, and in general are ambassadors for the Museum. Docents generally work a minimum of two-three hours a week. Docents contribute meaningfully to the individual experiences people have at the museum daily.

No previous experience is needed in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, or education. We are looking for docents who have a curiosity in learning about peoples and cultures, and who are willing to share what they have learned as they lead tours, conduct programs, and help out with special events.

Interested in serving as a docent?

Read up on Docent volunteer description here. This position is during Winter semester, with a minimum of 2-4 hours each week.

Download and fill out the Docent Application then e-mail it to Kara Cottle, Curator of Education, at mpc_programs@byu.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kara Cottle at (801) 422-0022.

Online Docent Training Materials

Age Characteristics of Young Learners

Tips for Public Speaking

Internships

Volunteer internships at the museum are available for interested individuals. Interns have the opportunity to work on specific projects with the museum staff. Internships introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work as well as museum staff, departments, programs, and operations.

The museum accepts interns according to its needs. The following include general guidelines for museum internships:

  • Internships are provided each semester when projects and supervisors are available.
  • Interns may work in the departments of collections, education or administration.
  • Internships last the duration of both spring and summer terms (May–August), but can also be accommodated during Fall (September–December) and Winter (January–April) semesters.
  • The number of hours worked each week is determined by the scope of the project or the number of hours required by the department in which an intern is receiving credit. Generally, interns serve between 150-300 hours.
  • Unless otherwise noted, internships are performed on an unpaid, volunteer status. Interns may arrange with the department of their major to receive academic credit for their work at the MPC.

Application Process

When positions are available, candidates must submit an application provided by the museum, along with a cover letter and resume.
When selecting an intern, the museum will try to match its needs with the educational and professional goals of the intern and the goals of the academic department providing credit, if applicable.

Upon acceptance, the intern will meet with the curator of education and an assigned supervisor to draft an internship agreement outlining projects and expectations.

If you are interested in interning at the museum, please feel free to contact Kara Cottle, Curator of Education, at mpc_programs@byu.edu or (801) 422-0022.

Museum Courses


The Museum of Peoples and Cultures offers several courses on museum studies through the BYU Department of Anthropology. Please see the current BYU catalog and class schedule for details.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is the learning stage for the Certificate in Museum Practices program offered by the Department of Anthropology. Students currently enrolled in a graduate program in any cognate BYU department may apply. This program is a great way to obtain training and experience in the museum field. The curriculum focuses on the care and interpretation of collections, with hands-on experience in exhibitions, collections, management, education, writing, and program evaluation.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures works in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology to provide a Field School experience for students.

For more information about courses offered in conjunction with the Museum, contact the Museum at (801) 422-0020, the Department of Anthropology at (801) 422-3058, or via email at anthropology@byu.edu.

Giving to the MPC


We greatly appreciate any gifts given to BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Online donations to the MPC can be made here. If you wish to contribute to a specific area of the Museum, please leave a comment with your online contribution or contact Paul Stavast, the Museum director, at paul.stavast@byu.edu.

NOTE: Philanthropies is the organization which coordinates and facilitates philanthropic gifts to BYU and other entities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Philanthropies is simply a pass-through organization and does not keep donations directly.

Join Our Team

BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures is unique from all other BYU museums in that it is almost entirely student-run.
The students who work at the museum are from a variety of different majors and hold positions in everything from archeology to experience design. If you are seeking a hands-on work environment and desire the opportunity to learn about different cultures, this is the place for you! New positions are made available through Y Jobs. Our current openings are:

Office Specialist - 98528
Maintain the front office and oversee museum operations while interacting with our visitors and staff.

Archives Technician - 98529
Support the Registrar and Collection Manager in processing, cataloging, maintaining, and researching the museum's collections.