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.
The Museum of Russian Icons has a versatile internship program that encompasses all levels of museum administration as well as offering opportunities to those wishing to study art history, Russian history and culture, iconology, and many other subjects. Internships at the Museum are specifically designed according to each applicant’s career goals and interests. Projects are meant to challenge and instruct. Please contact Tara Young for more information.
COMPENSATION AND CREDIT
Internships are unpaid and we are not able to offer allowance for housing, travel or other expenses. However, we are willing to assist any intern accepted into the program with efforts to receive funding through their schools.
It is highly recommended that applicants seek guidance from a faculty advisor on how best to receive school credit for their internship. The Museum will work with the intern and their school to see that any requirements are met.
A regular schedule will be decided with the intern after they are accepted, and will be based on their school’s requirements and/or the intern’s needs.
“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
The Museum accepts applicants to the internship program year round. Anyone interesting in applying should send the following materials to Tara Young by email.
Formal cover letter that answers the following questions:
What are you currently studying? And/or what are your current academic interests?
What do you hope to learn or accomplish during your time here?
What are your career goals?
If you are accepted, what are your requirements in terms of the number of hours per week and the duration of your internship? Also, list what days and times you would be available to work.