Be a Part of History – Volunteer!
MDAH volunteers embrace the values of passion, integrity, excellence, and respect while furthering our mission.
Volunteers partner with MDAH employees to enrich the visitor experience and provide services that are vital to the operation of the department. Our diverse, knowledgeable, talented, and skilled volunteers help fulfill our mission to preserve Mississippi’s diverse historic resources and share them with people around the world.
Who can volunteer at MDAH?
We currently engage adult volunteers (18+), college/university volunteers (18+; academic credit track—which includes unpaid internships, service learning, community service, and federal work study), and service group volunteers.
What can MDAH volunteers do?
MDAH volunteers can serve in all five divisions of our agency in public, behind-the-scenes, and virtual roles.
Public Volunteers may serve as:
- Information Specialists (desk attendants and ambassadors)
- Docents, Guides, and Education & Outreach Specialists
- Demonstrators/Reenactors/Period Dress Interpreters/Living History Actors
- Special Events and Program Assistants
Mississippi’s most exciting volunteer opportunity is here!
Volunteer at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum:
Non-Public Volunteers may serve behind-the scenes in:
- Historic Preservation—including Archaeology
- Museums & Historic Sites
- Programs and Communication—including Education, Exhibits, and Public Information
Digital Project e-Volunteers serve as transcribers, translators, indexers, and on special projects as needed.
How do I get started as an MDAH volunteer?
Adult Volunteers (18+, non-academic credit track)
College/University Student Volunteers (18+, academic credit track)
Service Group Application
Applicants who prefer a paper application should contact Elizabeth Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-576-6985.
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Volunteers who have established a VicNet account may access their account information by clicking the button below:
Where can MDAH volunteers serve?
MDAH volunteers can be found doing important work in the:
Administration Division where volunteers work on special projects. Some of these projects may be done virtually. MDAH e-Volunteers help to preserve our history for generations to come. They transcribe oral history interviews, translate historical journals, and transcribe recordings of important conferences and meetings so that this part of the Mississippi story will not be lost;
Archives and Records Services Division, which boasts one of the premier state archives libraries in the nation. Volunteers assist patrons in the Archives Library and in behind-the-scenes roles as archival processing aides and other support roles;
Historic Preservation Division serving at the Mississippi State Capitol as volunteer guides and information desk volunteers. Volunteers also provide support to our professional archaeologists, architectural historians, and other preservationists;
Museum Division sharing our rich history with the public and preserving our history behind-the-scenes. Volunteers who serve the public can be found at the Old Capitol Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, the Eudora Welty House and Garden, the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Historic Jefferson College, and Winterville Mounds Archaeological Park and Museum. The Manship House Museum is undergoing a long-term restoration and opens for special events; volunteers enjoy participating in these events either as event volunteers or as patrons. Volunteers can also be found behind-the-scenes in museum collections. New! The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will open December 9, 2017. Apply today to volunteer at these new museums as an ambassador and at the grand opening!
Programs and Communication Division, a new division encompassing Public information, Education and Exhibits sections. Volunteers assist staff in creating and implementing educational resources and programs.