Vounteers helping at Western Illinois Museum

Interns for Fall 2014

Amanda Baker

Kevin Cobban


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


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 October, November and December 2014...


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 October, November and December 2014...


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 October, November and December 2014...


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