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Would you like to be part of what's happening at the Museum? See what opportunities might be a fit for you!

Be a Museum Docent

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MSU Museum Docents are trained volunteers that offer scheduled tours of the exhibit areas of the MSU Museum to visitors and school groups. Participants in the Docent Program are trained in basic knowledge of the MSU Museum, educational learning theories, and best practices relating to tour techniques.

Becoming a Docent at the MSU Museum

If you are interested in becoming a docent at the MSU Museum, plan to attend our next training program. Participants are required to attend all of the training sessions, as well as complete required and recommended readings.


As a docent we ask that you commit to one year of service and at least two service shifts per month. If interested in joining, please fill out the docent application and criminal background check form OR contact the Education Team for more information.

Phone: 517-432-1472 or email:
Docent Program Application Form
Criminal Background Check Form

Be an education volunteer

Volunteers serve as the public face of our institution, working directly with museum visitors and providing them with information about the Museum and MSU campus. Individuals can be trained to give orientation talks for group visits. Information Services Volunteers are required to complete a short (30-minute) training module and volunteer at least 4 hours per month. Call us for information 517-432-1472 or email

Be a school liaison

Teachers, be a liaison for the MSU Museum in your K-12 school. Call for information: 517-432-1472.

MSU Museum Internships

Fall 2021 Excellence in Museum Practice Internship

  The MSU Museum’s “Excellence in Museum Practice Internship” provides interns with an introduction to museum practice through hands-on experience. This internship program offers opportunities for students to explore different careers in museums and gain professional experience. The intern will spend the first half of the semester exploring different areas of the museum, for example, natural science collections, cultural collections, education, exhibition design, and communication. The second half of the semester will focus on a specific museum area. The intern will complete a project within the specific area that meets a real-world need. 


Potential candidates should have an interest in museums, should be able to work collaboratively and independently as well as take direction, and should be prepared to interact with museum visitors (including the general public, MSU faculty and students, and/or PreK-12 audiences) and museum staff. 

The Excellence in Museum Practice Internship is open to sophomore, junior, and senior MSU undergraduates. Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2021 for the Fall 2021 internship, with an anticipated start date of September 7, 2021. All applicants will apply via Handshake.


Hours: 10-12 hours per week. Work hours will be determined by the internship supervisor and may include some evenings and weekends.


Pay rate: $12.00 per hour


Materials required for application:


1. Completed application form 


2. Letter of interest. Your letter should include the following: why you are interested in the internship, what your interests and/or experiences are relating to museums, and any relative skills.


3. Resume


4. Three faculty or other references. Please provide reference name and email address.

Submit applications on Handshake here!

Join the Informal Learning Network - MSU

The Informal Learning Network - MSU: An organization for MSU faculty, staff, and students interested in informal learning
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