How do I apply online?

You submit your application online.

What is your application process like?

After submitting your online application it will be reviewed by the Public Education and Outreach Department staff and you will be called to schedule an in-person interview. We conduct interviews on the last Tuesday of each month. Two staff members will be present and the interview will last for approximately 30 minutes. After your interview the staff will review your interests and skills. If there is a current opening that is a good match, you will receive a call to schedule your training. If there is not a current opening that is a match with your interests and skills we will keep your resume and application on file for one year.

Do I need a special background in order to apply?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, many having little to no previous formal education on the subject of the ancient Near East. We are looking for volunteers with positive energy, flexibility, great customer service skills, and an enthusiasm for life-long learning.

Is there a cost to become a volunteer?

There are no costs for training materials. We do ask that all our volunteers become Oriental Institute members at the basic membership level $50. This membership offers you discounts at the gift shop and for non-credit courses offered through the Oriental Institute. Membership also provides you with our quarterly member's newsletter News & Notes, which will keep you informed of the latest research and work conducted by our faculty and research associates.

How large are the tour groups and what are their age levels?

We provide tours for visitors of all ages. During the school year we are particularly busy with tours for children (8-18) years of age. Groups can vary in size, but for the optimum museum experience, we try to limit the numbers to between 10 and 15 people per group.

What about parking?

For a small hourly fee, parking is available in the parking garage located at 55th and Ellis. Additionally there is free street parking on campus. Volunteers who complete the training program and meet certain levels of volunteer hours are eligible for a parking pass which entitles them to free parking in the lot adjacent to the Oriental Institute.

Is there a minimum age requirement to become a volunteer?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

What special benefits or perks are offered to your volunteers?

As an Oriental Institute Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend field trips to Chicago-area cultural institutions for your professional development
  • Enjoy volunteer appreciation events, special programs, and ongoing training
  • Network with national and international volunteer organizations
  • Attend lectures by world-renowned scholars on the ancient Near East
  • Attend special events at the Oriental Institute
  • Receive preferred rate on non-credit courses offered through the Institute
  • Enjoy a discount at The Suq gift shop