High School Students

Polk Museum of Art needs reliable and responsible volunteers to assist with Education programs, Administrative support, and much more. Your talents and skills are appreciated, and your volunteer time can count toward community service hours for your service club or school requirements.

Summer and Spring Break Art Camp Volunteers: (must be 16 years or older)

Polk Museum of Art is in need of volunteers for our Summer and Spring Break Art Camps. This opportunity gives volunteers a chance to work with children, adults and other volunteers in a highly creative and fun atmosphere. Duties will consist of assisting teachers and children, cleaning, organizing and assisting with classroom management.

College Students/Interns

Polk Museum of Art is looking for talented students to volunteer their skills while gaining real, hands-on work experience. Internships are unpaid, and we ask that students volunteer at least 4 hours per week.

Currently, we place interns in the following departments:

Education interns work on everything from writing grant requests to creating study guides. Any major is welcome to apply for an internship with the Education department.

Public Relations & Marketing interns should have background in Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising or Graphic Design. Projects may include designing and publishing event posters, advertisements, or newsletters; creating and executing public relations and marketing plans for specific events or exhibitions; and assisting with community outreach programs.

Curatorial interns should have a background in art or art history and be willing to do research and/or assist with the physical side of setting up a Museum exhibition. Any intern who may handle art will be trained in the proper way to do so and will be closely supervised when art is being moved.


Members of our Docent Corps facilitate engaging learning experiences for visitors of all ages. They help visitors explore, discover, understand, and enjoy the Museum’s collections and exhibitions through inquiry-based tours and object-based learning. Docents are the Museum’s enthusiastic educational ambassadors to the public and are the core of the Museum’s interpretive program. They conduct tours for children, kindergarten through twelfth grade, adults and special needs visitors. Docents may also assist with special events and present outreach programs in the community.

Docent training is available as needed in a one-on-one setting.  The Museum asks that “new” docents commit to a minimum of one full year of giving tours. To apply to be a Docent, please click HERE.

Event Volunteers

Event volunteers are individuals or corporate employees who volunteer to support the Museum’s many events, including Mayfaire by-the-Lake! They may join as an individual, or as a collaborative effort of a group.

Corporate groups of volunteers are encouraged to register with their Human Resource departments within their organization and create matching gift programs that support the Museum through service and monetary assistance.

Administrative Volunteers

We are in need of volunteers who have administrative experience to assist various departments with data entry, filing, proofreading, and correspondence/ communication.  If interested, please check Marketing, Membership, and Public Relations in the application below. 

Service Volunteers

If you have professional expertise or skills that you would be willing to volunteer to benefit the Museum, we would love to talk to you! Currently there is a need for service volunteers in the following areas:

  • Retail and Visitor Services

  • Painters

  • Mechanics

  • Floor Care Specialists

The National Council for Aging Care off significant research on the benefits of volunteers for senior citizens. To learn more, visit AginginPlace.org/how-to-volunteer-as-a-senior/.