MoPOP Volunteer Student Program (Summer Session)
Volunteer Program Staff
12 weeks, 3hr shifts twice a week
HOURS OF SERVICE EARNED
Customer service, interpretive services, museum career education
Training will be provided
We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a range of people, no matter our differences in race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, education, socio-economic status, ethnicity, country of origin, or any other characteristic that makes us who we are. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact.
MoPOP provides both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from any background to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our volunteers and staff! If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!
MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is actively committed to ongoing learning in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). In partnership with our community, we hope to also develop safe spaces for their application. This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable place to volunteer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and encourage BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply. We acknowledge that our work to build safe spaces and better systems for traditionally marginalized groups is ongoing and will require constant vigilance and expect all MoPOP employees to be part of our DEIA journey.
The Museum of Popular Culture’s (MoPOP) Volunteer Student Program participants will perform various volunteer roles, interact with the diverse visiting population of the museum visitors and staff, and learn about career opportunities at nonprofit institutions and museums. We're seeking applicants who are excited about pop culture and who are interested in building their customer service and public speaking skills. Students will perform three of our standard volunteer positions, including Information Desk, Sound Lab, and our educational POPstops. These roles are an excellent opportunity to be a museum ambassador as well as build confidence and interpersonal skills. Students will also meet with MoPOP Staff about museum careers and to connect with other youth volunteers in the program.
- A passion for pop culture.
- A curiosity for museums, curation, and arts education.
- Welcoming personality, enthusiasm for customer service, and ability to work with the museum’s diverse visitors.
- Ability to exercise sound judgement and flexibility should difficult situations arise.
- Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene.
- 40-60 hours between July 10th – Sept 1st 2023 (you can pick your own schedule).
- The ability to sit or stand for three hours, while interacting with people in a high-stimulus environment (overlapping sounds; voices and music; crowds; moving and colored lights, etc.) That being said, we are flexible to each individual’s physical and sensory needs, and accommodations can be made to fit individual students.
- Aged 16 or older, and currently attending high school.
- Successfully complete a criminal background check and reference check.
Complete the online Volunteer Student Volunteer Application (Summer Session). If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 770-2750.