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Volunteering
Docents
Internships
Museum Courses

Volunteering


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.

Volunteering Opportunities Fall 2019

Museum Occupational Related Work

Docent (Most Urgent!):


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 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. This position is during Fall/Winter semester, with a minimum of 2-4 hours each week.

Archivist:


Do you have experience working with digital collections and housing photography? By volunteering with this project, you can help us assist the Office of Public Archaeology to digitize Forest Service records from the early 1900s. This project will allow future researchers within the community access to these early records. Archivists learn basic entry work, conservation, and behind the scenes museum work. This position is during Fall/Winter semester, with a minimum of 2-4 hours each week.


Educational Advisor:


The Museum hosts 4 to 5 events a month! The programs that run annually help to bring the community to the Museum where they can learn about people and cultures. The educational programs that run require much brainstorming, planning, and prep work. Are you good at creative arts? Teamwork? Working with kids? Educational advisors will assist the Education Department of the Museum to prep crafts for tours, scout groups, and school-groups, in educational programs, and culture case kit organization. Educational Advisors will learn about applying archaeology and cultural anthropology to today, by making it fun and hands on! This position is available during Fall/Winter, with a minimum of 2-4 hours each week.

Collections Tech:


The Museum regularly receives donations from members in the community. Our Collections Tech helps with donation acceptance and rehousing. Collections technicians also help with inventory projects and rehousing other collections. This position is during Fall/Winter semester, with a minimum of 2-4 hours each week.

Interested in volunteering?


Download and fill out the Volunteer Application Form and bring it to the Museum or email it to mpc.volunteer@byu.edu. After completing the volunteer application form the volunteer coordinator will email or talk to you in person and work out the details for the area you would like to volunteer in.

For any additional questions please call the Museum at (801) 422-0020.

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 and to museum staff, departments, programs, and operations.

The Museum accepts interns according to the needs of the Museum. Typically…

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 through August) but can also be accommodated during Fall (September – December) and Winter (January-April) semesters.

The number of hours worked each week will be 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 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, or the Department of Anthropology at (801) 422-3058 or via email at anthropology@byu.edu.