Volunteer and Internships
The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at our normal time. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
The National Museum of Dentistry offers a range of opportunities to gain experience in the museum world while promoting the benefits of a healthy smile. The opportunities range from specialized tasks associated with the museum's collection to helping with visitors to the museum. Individuals with all levels of experience and interests are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
This page features opportunities as they become available. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the position title and first and last names in the subject line. Or you can fill out the application form online found below each description.
Help teach visitors to the museum about the importance of healthy smiles and the history of the dental profession by leading group tours and collaborating to create new educational resources and opportunities at the museum.
Help explore dentistry's past by researching influential dentists and organizations, objects from our collection, or other dental topics utilzing our archives.
Help organize and make public the NMD's collections which are not currently on display. Photograph, digitize, and curate online collections through working with our staff, objects, and archives.
Changing Faces Oral History Internship
The internship would be directly related to the current exhibition in development at the museum titled "Changing Faces." The exhibition chronicles the history of changing faces in the dental field, and celebrates the individuals, organizations, and schools that shaped the dental field today. Dental history is a relatively unresearched field, and underrepresented communities in dentistry is even more so undocumented. The oral histories created through this project will represent a largely unrepresented portion of a significant professional history in America, which we hope will not only result in sharing the integral histories but encourage new scholarship and diverse growth in the field. The project will focus on preliminary research to identify and create questions for pioneer individuals who pushed for equality and inclusion in the field. The questions and research will be used to conduct oral histories both on-site at the museum, and potentially around the country. The intern will be able to participate in and learn each step of the oral history process from preliminary research to interviewing and from editing to the final inclusion in the museum's exhibition.
Education and Outreach
Participate in a variety of tasks related to education and outreach including leading tour groups, developing interactive activities involving oral health care and dental history, developing educational resources and information for students, and reaching out to schools, camps, daycares, and other programs to encourage visiting the museum.
Participate in a variety of tasks related to development including reaching out to current, past, and potential members to discuss the membership opportunities the museum offers, updating donor and membership information in the museum’s records, helping to organize and improve the museum’s brick and plaque program, and developing alternative methods and programs for fundraising.
Participate in researching a variety of topics including biographical research on influential dentists, provenance research on objects in the museum’s collection, general research on the history of minorities in dentistry, or research on any dental related topic the intern brings to the attention of the museum that would benefit dental, historical, and medical scholars.
Participate in a variety of tasks related to collections management including digitizing objects, creating catalog records and metadata for objects, researching provenance of collections objects, and transcribing and creating finding aids for archival materials and the collections.