Volunteer Opportunities

Help serve as a gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We would love to have you join us in our mission “to serve as the gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.”

The Orange County Regional History Center offers engaging volunteer opportunities as a museum ambassador, including school-tour guide (docent), events volunteer, or assistant for the exhibits or collections staffs. In addition, high school students may earn community-service hours by assisting our education programs. Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

In return for generously donating their time, History Center volunteers enjoy numerous rewards, including appreciation events, on-going learning opportunities, exclusive gallery tours, complimentary tickets to the museum, and a free History Center membership based on hours of service.

To join our volunteer team, please complete the application in the link below. You are encouraged to select all volunteer positions in which you may be interested.

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For more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Diane Masciale, at 407-836-8523 or Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net.

*Final candidates must pass a background check and must live and be able to work in the United States.

School-Tour Guides

These volunteers lead groups of children and adults on a fun exploration through the museum’s galleries. History Center tours explore Florida’s natural environment, indigenous peoples, pioneers, the cattle and citrus industries, transportation, tourism, and African American history. Volunteers also facilitate mock courtroom trials, STEM challenges, and classroom workshops. Volunteer shifts for tour guides take place on Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers commit to an average of one day per week for tours, preferably for a minimum of nine months. Training will return soon. Please check back – we can’t wait to get started!

Events

Event volunteers assist with youth and family programs, adult programs, and outreach events. Duties include setting up and breaking down equipment, managing supplies, providing instructions, and facilitating activities. Duties may also include serving as a lobby host during events to assist guests with directions and distribute literature or programs. Volunteers commit to one to two events per season.

Exhibits

Exhibits assistants may include creating, mounting, and installing graphics for use in exhibit areas; scanning and enhancing images; cleaning and repairing artifacts; and assisting the exhibits team with overall project support. Volunteers commit to three to four shifts per month, for a period of nine months or until project is completed.

Collections

Under the guidance of the History Center’s collections manager, volunteer assistants help care for the Historical Society of Central Florida’s collections, handling all materials according to standard museum practices. Volunteers assist with processing materials, creating collection inventories, digitizing historical documents and photographs, and assisting with research requests. Volunteers commit to three to four shifts per month, for a period of nine months or until the project is completed.

High School Volunteers

Helping with our Adventures in History Camps offers high school students a great way to earn community-service hours. High school volunteers assist education staff with morning drop-off and afternoon pickup before and after camp, and also help camp teachers by facilitating activities and engaging with campers. Stay tuned for more information in early 2021.

UNDERGRADUATE

Museum Public Programming Intern

Under the guidance of education staff, interns will assist with the development and facilitation of public programming for adult, youth and family, and community-based events. This internship offers college students the opportunity to gain experience and prepare for a career in the education field.
Qualified individuals should send a cover letter, résumé, and internship requirements via email to Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net .

Exhibits Intern

Interns will work with the department’s program manager and participate in all aspects of exhibit development, including research, writing, content development, and exhibit design.
Applicants must be a college student of junior standing or higher with major coursework toward a degree in History and must receive educational credit.
Qualified individuals should send a cover letter, résumé, and internship requirements via email to Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net .

GRADUATE

Graduate Collections Intern

Under the guidance of collections staff, interns catalog material according to standard museum practices, assist with research and duplication requests, and participate in other ongoing activities in the department. Collections staff will determine an intern’s specific assignment based on staff needs and on the intern’s interests or program requirements.
Candidates must be a student in a graduate program or have recently completed a graduate program. Interns are required to work a minimum of 10-12 hours per week (totaling 150-180 hours per semester).
Qualified individuals should send a cover letter, résumé, and internship requirements if for credit via email to Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net .

Graduate Oral History Collections Intern

Under the guidance of the collections staff, the intern may listen to and prepare interviews for cataloging or transcription and assist the oral historian in processing interviews according to standard museum practices. The collections staff will determine an intern’s specific assignment based upon need and the intern’s program requirements.
Candidates must be a student in a graduate program or have recently completed a graduate program. Interns are required to work a minimum of 10-12 hours per week (totaling 150-180 hours per semester).
Qualified individuals should send a cover letter, résumé, and internship requirements if for credit via email to Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net .