Volunteering & Internships

Volunteer Opportunities
The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio’s mission is to remember the millions who perished in the Holocaust and to educate the public about this tragic chapter in history. It takes many people to accomplish this mission, including a dedicated team of volunteers who work as Museum Docents or in our Educational Programs, Support our Special Events, or as Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers.

Who is eligible to be a Museum Volunteer?
Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications outlined below, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability. Minimum age of 16 by the start of your volunteer service.

What are the personal qualities of a Museum Volunteer:

  • Compassion to deal with difficult subject matter and those who are affected by it.
  • Open-Mindedness and Patience to work with a diverse public and staff.
  • Integrity to represent the institution and oneself with the highest standards.
  • Dedication to the Museum’s mission and to the values of the Volunteer Program.
  • Reliability to consistently keep one’s volunteer commitment to the Museum.
Museum Docents & Educational Programs Opportunities
Education and Tour Guide Volunteers aid the Museum in conducting numerous public presentations, and tours of the Permanent Exhibitions for school groups and visitors.
  • Commitment of Time – Varies depending on the program. Must contribute at least one tour per week during busy season (two hours).
  • Training – Must be available for and successfully complete an online training program.  Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Teaching or museum education experience, public service experience, and retail experience are helpful.
Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers
Behind-the-Scenes volunteers work throughout the Museum and off-site, where they perform any number of jobs, from special projects and clerical work to research, translation, and transcription. Opportunities also include providing customer service and safety in our exhibitions.

  • Commitment of Time – Must contribute at least 6 hours per month. Schedule is generally flexible but may include weekly or bi-weekly shifts.
  • Special Skills – Depending on the position, various skills are needed such as foreign language(s), clerical, computer, research, and writing abilities.

Internship Opportunities

The Museum’s internship program provides an environment for qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust and about Museum operations. Included are hands-on projects and opportunities to work with Holocaust scholars, education experts, and museum professionals to learn about their roles, responsibilities, and backgrounds. Internships usually last for one semester, and flexible schedules are generally available. Internships are unpaid. Candidates whose skills and talents meet the requirements for available positions will be contacted for an interview.

If you would like to apply for an internship, please send your resume and cover letter to info@hmmsa.org. Please make sure your documents include answers to the following questions:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • University
  • Degree Level – upperclassmen or graduates preferred.
  • Major
  • What is your academic and/or personal background on the Holocaust?
  • Do you have skills relevant to museum work? This could include any of the following:  tour guiding, education, collections, data entry, website design, filing, word processing/typing, photography, social media expertise, graphic design, writing, research, customer service, editing, transcribing, translation/interpretation.
  • Do you speak a second language? If so, please indicate language and proficiency.
  • What type of work interests you most? This may include one or more of the following: front of house (greeting guests, answering phones, etc), education and developing lesson plans, activity sessions (discussion sessions with students) and/or tour guiding, research, developing an exhibit, events or workshops.
  • For which semester and year are you applying?
  • What is your availability during the week?
  • Why are you seeking an internship with the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio?
  • What do you think best qualifies you to be a Museum intern?
  • How did you learn about the Museum’s internship program?

If you have any questions please email: info@hmmsa.org.