Works collaboratively with Education Department staff by assisting at a variety of different programs held throughout the year engaging diverse audiences, from children’s activities, family programs, academic symposiums, members' lectures and tours, and other programs.

Public Program Volunteers…

  • Engage with the public — greet people and welcome them at registration and check-in
  • Help with set up and clean up at events, such as setting up chairs, tables, materials, etc.
  • Assist with guiding people to activities
  • Answer questions about the Oriental Institute, its history and research
  • Serve as Ambassadors to the Oriental Institute

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  • Complete initial orientation training session to learn about the Oriental Institute’s mission, museum collections, policies, and procedures, and learn best practices for working with the public
  • Complete assigned readings on the Oriental Institute’s history, mission, and research


  • Submit online application
  • Participate in an on-site interview
  • Complete background check
  • Email and web access required — will use web-based volunteer scheduling software Volgistics to schedule volunteer shifts and record hours worked
  • Have a positive attitude and adhere to the Oriental Institute policies, procedures, and guest-service standards.


  • Varies based on programs; see descriptions listed upon sign up
  • Participate at eight special programs a year
  • Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend the monthly business meetings and ongoing docent training. These training opportunities keep your knowledge up-to-date regarding the Oriental Institute projects and ongoing digs. This will help you feel confident in answering visitors’ questions and provide excellent public service.