Docents are our volunteer tour guides who work with the public to enhance the visitor experience through formal guided tours as well as informal one-on-one conversations. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about icons, Russian culture, and art history, and to meet and work closely with a dedicated volunteer group. The program consists of a 6-month training period as well as continuing education opportunities including lectures, workshops, local trips and special events.
All training is provided at no cost. New docents are asked to make a one-year commitment. The time requirement is roughly 8 to 12 hours a month. Docents must be available to attend meetings on two Wednesday mornings per month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
For inquiries or questions, please contact Tara Young or call 978.598.5000, x113.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
From time to time, the Museum has a need for volunteer help with special events or in-house projects. If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact Tara Young or call 978.598.5000 x113, to learn about current opportunities.
Each year, the Museum of Russian Icons hosts interns who contribute their talents to the organization while gaining professional skills. Past interns have worked on substantial projects such as curating small exhibitions; creating marketing material; planning programs; and designing products for the Museum Shop. Projects vary depending on Museum needs and students’ interests. One of the benefits of being at a small organization is that interns have an opportunity to observe all staff and departments, while specializing in one particular area.
The Museum offers two internships per year, each with a $500 stipend. To be eligible for the internship program, students must meet the following requirements:
Be a currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student college or a graduate student
Majoring or concentrating in an academic area related to the Museum’s collection such as (but not limited to), Russian history, art history, museum studies, or a functional area within the museum (such as education, marketing, graphic design, etc.)
Intern for at least 120 hours over a 6- to 10-week period (averaging 12 to 20 hours per week), during one of three periods: January to April (spring); May to August (summer); September to December (fall). Specific beginning and ending dates and a detailed schedule will be determined once an intern is accepted to the program.
To apply for an internship, please complete the following. Applications must be complete to be considered.
A formal cover letter that identifies which internship you are applying for; includes a description of how the internship fits with your academic and professional goals; relevant experience; and the types of projects you’re interested in completing. Please also include detailed information about your schedule availability. If you would be receiving credit from your college/university for your internship, include that information as well.
An college and/or graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
Two letters of reference emailed directly from the recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org. At least one of these letters must come from a professor, advisor, or other recommender who knows your academic work.
A 3-5 page writing sample.
For graphic design interns only: a portfolio of your work
Applicants who complete their applications by the deadline will be invited for an in-person or phone interview.
Send your application by November 1 for the Spring internship; March 1 for the Summer internship; and June 1 for the Fall internship.
Interns typically complete one major project, determined jointly with the supervisor at the beginning of the internship. This project will result in a finished product that the intern can add to his or her portfolio. Other smaller-scale projects will provide interns with an opportunity to gain additional exposure to their specific area as well as to other areas in the Museum. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will be invited to give a presentation about the work they have completed.
The Museum is not able to provide assistance with travel, lodging, or other costs related to the internship. Payment of the stipend is dependent on documented completion of at least 120 hours.
Specific projects will vary depending on the intern’s interests and the museum’s exhibition and project schedule during the time of the internship. All internships will include an opportunity to shadow multiple staff members and learn about general museum operations.
“Interning at the Museum of Russian Icons was an incredible experience. Before this internship I knew little about the museum field. Through this internship I gained a much greater understanding of the museum world, and what I hoped to accomplish in the future. Working in such an intimate museum environment with such friendly and welcoming staff was an asset, because it allowed me to explore all of the different departments of the museum, whereas at a larger institution that can be difficult to achieve. Overall, my internship at the MoRI was extremely beneficial and went a long way in shaping my career goals.”—Jennifer Duckett, Smith College ’14, Art History/French/Museum Studies