Volunteer

Volunteer

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.

Be part of computing history. Volunteer.

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

High School Interns

Lead tours and informal discussions around key artifacts and act as ambassadors for the Museum. High School Interns are recruited every summer. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2017. Application deadline is May 2nd, 2017.

High School Volunteers

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

Summer Internship Program

Now Recruiting High School Interns!

We are currently looking for high school students to join our 2017 summer internship program!

The Computer History Museum’s summer internship gives students entering 10th through 12th grade the opportunity to research, collaborate, and educate. Interns will explore the Museum’s collection to uncover key stories and artifacts in the history of innovation, and work together to bring these stories to life for museum visitors. As members of CHM’s education team, interns will play a crucial role as they help visitors of all ages to engage and make personal connections to the Museum.

Intern Role

Throughout the summer, interns will alternate between three roles: Gallery Interpreter, Family Tour Docent and Exploration Station Guide. Gallery Interpreters 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. Interns will also develop tours appropriate for young Museum visitors and intergenerational audiences, then lead Family Tours throughout the summer. As Exploration Station Guides, interns 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.

Eligibility

This internship is open to all high school students entering 10th through 12th grade. Previous experience working with kids in an education setting is preferred, but not required. Ideal candidates will 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.

Commitment

The internship takes place between June 14th and August 12th on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The schedule for each day is 10AM-4PM.

Application Process

Please apply below to be considered for the internship.
Application closes Tuesday, May 2nd.
Select candidates will be asked to interview at the Museum between May 9th and May 26th.

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

High School 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

Upon clicking Login button you will be redirected to the Volunteer website. This private website exists to support the volunteers of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The museum depends on a large, talented and dedicated pool of volunteers to operate.

Only registered volunteers of the Museum can access this site.

 

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For More Information

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