Vounteers helping at Western Illinois Museum

Interns Projects



Past Internship and Graduate Assistant Projects


Collection Management: Created an accession manual


Created a facebook page as a communication tool for the promotion of the museum's exhibitions and programs


Installed an exhibition


Collected Oral Histories


Researched for exhibit


Created a Docent Training Program


Volunteer and Internship Programs

Ways to get involved


In 2015 we will launch a new volunteer scheduling system. We are pleased to work with and thank When I Work for proving us with use of their scheduling software at no cost. The online program will help volunteers find and sign up for opprotunity to help the museum. More details to come!



A new monthly volunteer program called, Behind-the-Scenes, has been established to provide training for those helping to move and inventory artifacts into new boxes. They also are learning how to enter each artifact’s description into our computer database. 


The next Behind-the-Scenes work session will be on Saturday, February 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Please contact the museum to RSVP for this program.



Description: Docents are an essential part of creating a memorable museum visit. Welcoming and guiding visitors through an exhibit is the role of the museum docent. Orientation to each exhibit is available to prepare docents for this valuable service.


See Docent opportunities for March 2015...


Outreach Program

Description: Not everyone can come to the museum and volunteers are needed to go into the community to reach those who are interested in learning about the region's unique history. Training is available for those interested in volunteering.


See Outreach opportunities for March 2015...


Database Entry

Description: Update the museum's mailing lists using the database program Past Perfect. Training will be provide. Being able to input information accurately is necessary.


See volunteer opportunities for March 2015...


Read the complete Volunteer Position Descriptions...




The museum offers internships for college students interested in museum administration, history or recreation programs. The museum staff is willing to work within the requirements from colleges or universities to define projects, monitor and report on a student's work at the museum. The museum currently has internship programs with the Western Illinois University History department.


Contact Sue Scott at the museum to discuss how to become an intern.


Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Collection management and registrarial practices

  • Curatorial practices and exhibition research

  • Educational and community programming

  • Membership and resource development

  • Public relations