Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Give tours to visitors. Operate the Difference Engine. 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.

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

Current opportunities are:

  • 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, Babbage Difference Engine No. 2, PDP-1, and RAMAC.
  • Docents. Lead tours for public and private audiences.
  • K12 School Group Docents. Facilitate tours and interactive workshops for school groups.
  • High School Interns. Lead informal discussions around key artifacts and act as ambassadors for the Museum.

Upcoming training programs:

  • Docent: February - June 2015
  • Special Event Volunteers: Event-specific training on an ongoing basis.
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

Currently Recruiting for Volunteer Training

Volunteer Role: Docent

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join our docent team!

This training program will prepare new and current volunteers to lead public tours and private group reservation tours. Throughout the course, we will highlight strategies for engaging museum visitors in active learning and discussion, as well as sharing accurate and interesting historical information.

No prior volunteer or museum experience is necessary, and we welcome a diversity of backgrounds and interests!

Training sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 10:00am-3:00pm with a 1-hour lunch break.

The docent training program will be comprised of 10 classroom sessions, followed by individual qualifications:

  • Session #1: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Session #2: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
  • Session #3: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Session #4: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
  • Session #5: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Session #6: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
  • Session #7: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  • Session #8: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  • Session #9: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
  • Session #10: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

For More Information

If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum, please contact to find out more information. We would love to get to know you better and to have you join our volunteer team!

Currently Recruiting for High School Interns

Volunteer Role: Education Intern

We are currently looking for high school students to join the education department’s summer internship program!

This internship will give high school students the opportunity to explore computing history and act as ambassadors for the Computer History Museum. Throughout the summer, interns will work with the Museum's education staff to create fun and engaging learning experiences for museum visitors. Interns will help the stories in our Museum come to life in a memorable way for visitors. As they increase their familiarity with the geeky artifacts that make the Computer History Museum unique, interns will develop their research skills and learn how to lead informal dialogues with families and visitors of all ages!

We are recruiting interns for the following roles:

Gallery Interpreters
These interns will research key artifacts in the Computer History Museum’s signature exhibition, Revolution: the First 2000 Years of Computing. Interns will lead informal conversations in the Museum galleries, and help visitors understand how computing history has influenced technologies of today.

Exploration Station Guides
These interns will manage the Computer History Museum’s Exploration Station, a hands-on table in the lobby with museum artifacts that visitors can interact with and touch. They will research the artifacts and help museum visitors by answering questions as they share their knowledge and enthusiasm.


This internship is open to all high school students entering grades 10-12. Previous work or volunteer experience is preferred, but not required.


The internship takes place between June 15th and August 15th. Interns must commit to 20 hours of service per month, and will be assigned specific shifts upon entry into the program. Intern shifts will be on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

All interns must attend training on June 13th from 10AM to 4PM

  • Please fill out the application form. Application Deadline: May 15th.
  • We will notify you of your application status within 2 weeks of submission.
  • Select candidates will be asked to come into the Museum for an interview in May.

For More Information

Please contact , 650-810-1012.