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Give tours to visitors. Catalog unique, rare artifacts. Participate in one-of-a-kind events with computer industry notables. Share your passions with others. Meet friends. Have fun.

Current Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer here at the Computer History Museum.

Special Event Volunteers

Assist with a variety of events at the Museum, from hands-on exploration and learning to welcoming and directing guests during lectures and events.

Demonstrators

Lead demonstrations of restored historical computers, including the IBM 1401, PDP-1, and RAMAC.

Docents

Lead tours for public and private audiences.

K12 Docents

Facilitate tours and interactive workshops for school groups.

Teen Interns

Facilitate public programs at the Museum, including family tours and hands-on activities. Teen Interns are recruited at the start of each school year. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will open in August 2017.

Teen Internship Program

Now Recruiting Teen Interns!

The Teen Internship Program offers students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to go behind the scenes of our Museum and its exhibitions.

Museum professionals and guest speakers from around Silicon Valley will share stories about the history of innovation to help interns better understand the transformative impact and implications of technology on our past, present, and future. Teens will explore the Museum’s content through research, hand-on experiences, and team projects.

As members of CHM’s Education team, Teen Interns play a crucial role as they help visitors of all ages, from our local and international communities, to make personal connections to the Museum and the history of computing.

Intern Role

Throughout this year-long program, interns will alternate between three roles: Exhibit Explainer, Family Tour Docent, and Exploration Station Guide.

  • Exhibit explainers will lead discussions in the Museum’s two main exhibitions, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing and Make Software: Change the World! Interns will encourage visitors to ask questions and consider the ongoing impact and implications of computer history on our present and future.
  • Family Tour Docents will facilitate hands-on activities and experiences for families throughout the Museum. Interns will develop tours appropriate for young Museum visitors and intergenerational audiences, and lead Family Tours throughout the year.
  • Exploration Station Guides will manage an interactive station in the lobby with genuine artifacts from computer history. They will use these artifacts to help visitors see and experience the technology that led to today’s innovations.

Commitment

Training: November 8 − November 29 (no session November 25)
Wednesdays 4PM – 7PM
Saturdays 1PM – 4PM

Winter: December 2 − December 16
Wednesdays 4PM – 7PM
Saturdays 11AM – 2PM or 1PM – 4PM (2 shifts per month)

Spring: January 10 − May 19
Wednesdays 4PM – 7PM
Saturdays 11AM – 2PM or 1PM – 4PM (2 shifts per month)

Summer: June 12 − August 11
Wednesdays through Saturdays
11AM – 2PM or 1PM – 4PM (4 shifts per month)

Eligibility

This internship is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12. Previous experience working with kids in an education setting is preferred, but not required. Ideal candidates enjoy communicating with others, working collaboratively, and learning new skills. The Computer History Museum values diversity and is committed to making this opportunity available to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Application Process

Please review the application guidelines and fill out the application form below.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE INTERNSHIP YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH PARTS OF THE APPLICATION BY THE DEADLINE.

Application closes Tuesday, October 3.

Select candidates will be asked to attend a group interview at the Museum on Wednesday, October 18 from 4PM to 5:30PM.

Individual interviews may be held at the museum between October 24 and November 4.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum, please apply here to join our team.
We look forward to meeting you soon!

Teen Interns

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Adult Volunteers

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Herb Kanner, docent
I think the biggest thrill is when I encounter a visitor who worked on one of the exhibited machines and I learn something significant and interesting about the machine that I did not previously know. Herb Kanner, docent

Volunteer Website

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TELEPHONE EMAIL
650-810-1884 Katharina McAllister,
Volunteer Opportunities
650-810-1899 Emily Stupfel,
High School Opportunities