Summer Youth Docent Program

July 17, 2017 - August 22, 2017

Washington State History Museum
Summer Youth Docent Program
July 17-August 22, 2017

Get all the details here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 5. Applications must be postmarked no later than 7/5/2017.
Space is limited. Apply early.


THIS SUMMER, immerse yourself in the world of the museum! You’ll discover how exhibits are created. You’ll delve into Washington state history. You’ll welcome visitors and share information about artifacts. But you’ll take away much more than that. You’ll learn valuable life skills: 

  • Gain volunteer experience to prepare you for your first, or next job. 
  • Develop the art of working with others: supervisors, team members, and the general public.  Strengthen your research abilities.  
  • Receive direct mentoring from experienced museum professionals. 
  • Upon successful graduation from the program, you will be eligible to apply for regular volunteering opportunities for the Washington State History Museum. 

ACADEMIC CREDIT: If your school permits academic credit for extra-curricular activities, we will be happy to provide a program description and verify your participation in our program, when completed. You are responsible for any paperwork/permissions required by your school. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE: We will be happy to verify your participation and hours served, when completed.

Time Commitment: Minimum 52 hrs. (26 hours training, 26 hours volunteer service). Mandatory Orientation and Training: July 17-20. 

  • Weekly training and volunteer shifts: 8-10 hours/week. 
  • Schedule: 2 days a week, commencing Tuesday, July 25: 1 training shift and 1 volunteer shift per week. 
  • Limited absences for family vacation permitted, with supervisor’s prior permission.

Eligibility: Open to youth entering school grades 8, 9, 10, & 11 in Fall, 2017.* 

Cost There is a program fee of $20.00 to cover the cost of program supplies. Fee waivers are available, based on financial need. 

Application Requirements: Program Application, plus: 

  • Written permission to participate from parent/guardian 
  • Please note that all accepted applicants will be required to pass a background check. 

*The Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates, regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status are encouraged to apply. 

*** Are you looking for academic credit or community service? These are options that must be arranged directly with your school. Be sure and arrange this BEFORE the start of your program.