Volunteering at The Franklin Institute

Want to Volunteer?  Complete the Volunteer Service Application - CLICK HERE

"Every day brings something new."

Volunteering at The Franklin Institute is a great way to get involved in this fun filled, interactive Museum. By contributing time and expertise, you can learn something new, help others, and most of all have fun! The success of many of our programs depends directly on the efforts of our volunteers. Every year, hundreds of people—from students to retirees—participate in our volunteer program.


Volunteer Opportunities | Who can be a volunteer? | What do volunteers do? | When can I help? | How do I apply? | Is training provided to volunteers? | What are the benefits of volunteering?


Volunteer Opportunities
Please note that the following opportunities are not always available, as volunteer needs change throughout the year.

Educational Program Assistants:

Camp-In: Volunteers are needed to help with our overnight camp program, assisting during check-in and throughout early evening programming. Volunteers are not required to stay overnight. (Friday and Saturday evenings only)

Discovery Camp: Serve as a Counselor-In-Training, assisting the Camp Counselors in all aspects of Discovery Camp. Interested applicants must be available to volunteer for at least 3 full camp sessions (sessions are 1 week in length) and attend scheduled training sessions.
CLICK HERE for session dates and themes. (Summer only)
CLICK HERE for position description.

Exhibit Facilitator: Enhance guests' experiences in the museum's exhibits by offering assistance with interactive components, facilitating discussions, and engaging guests through "Pocket Science" activities. Volunteers should enjoy working with people of all ages and experience levels. Exhibit facilitators are brought on quarterly. Please CLICK HERE for position description.

Exhibit/Program Development: Assist in developing science-related programs. Volunteers should have a well-rounded scientific background, and be able to translate concepts into programs and/or assist with the prototyping process. Volunteers are typically needed for project-specific tasks. (Weekdays only)

PACTS Mentor: Mentors are needed for this year-round youth leadership program, which focuses on science enrichment, career development, and leadership. CLICK HERE for more information about PACTS (Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science).

Science Presenter: Facilitate hands-on, interactive cart activities to museum guests and offer educational support in the museum's exhibits. Volunteers should enjoy working with people, have a background in a STEM-related field, and possess excellent public speaking skills. This position requires a 100 hour commitment. Science presenters are brought on quarterly. Please CLICK HERE for position description.

Workshops: Assist with preparation and facilitation of various Museum workshops, such as Homeschool Workshops and Birthday Parties.

Office/Research Assistants:

Administrative Support: Assist in the various offices at the Institute with filing, mailings, copying, data entry, etc. (Weekdays only)

Curatorial: Work may include inventory, research, cataloging and care of the collections. (Weekdays only)

Library: Clerical support, inventory, research, cataloging books, data entry, and shelving books and periodicals. (Weekdays only)

Research & Evaluation: Work may include interviewing visitors, tallying data, writing reports, and data entry. (Weekdays only) CLICK HERE for position description.

Service Ambassadors:

Guest Services Exhibit Ambassador: Interested individuals should enjoy working with the public and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Volunteers are stationed in exhibit halls to assist guests. They will greet guests, provide accurate directions throughout the Museum, have Museum Maps and Visitor Comment Cards to distribute, and politely remind children to not run and to take turns at exhibits. CLICK HERE for position description.

Special Events: Volunteers needed to assist with special events and programs at the Institute. Most events occur in the evening or on the weekends. CLICK HERE for position description.

Technical Assistants:

Information Technology: Strong computer knowledge is necessary; including hardware, software, and programming. (Weekdays only)

Operations: Volunteers serve as exhibit device testers. Some knowledge of mechanics or engineering is useful. (Weekdays only)

Theaters: Volunteers should be comfortable working with computers and audio systems, and enjoy working with large groups of people.

Additional volunteer opportunities may be available. Contact the Volunteer Office to discuss your interests and special skills. We may be able to match your area of expertise with the needs of the Institute.


Who can be a volunteer?
* Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older. CLICK HERE for summer volunteer opportunities for high school students.
* Volunteers should be reliable, have a positive attitude, and enjoy working with people
* Volunteers should have an interest in promoting science education

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work in almost every area of the Institute. Some volunteers:
* Do demonstrations in exhibits
* Work in administrative offices
* Assist with library and curatorial work
* Meet and greet visitors and answer questions

When can I help?
Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week between 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Weekend opportunities all involve working with the public.

Volunteers may work a half day or full day shift but should be willing to commit to an average of four hours per week (may be arranged for twice a month) for at least six months.

How do I apply?
Please submit a completed Volunteer Services Application - CLICK HERE
Please choose one of the following options:
*Email your application to volprog@fi.edu
*Mail your application to the address listed on the application.
*Fax your application to 215.448.1314

Volunteer placement is by interview only. The first step is to complete the application and return it to the Volunteer Office. We will review your application and be in touch if your qualifications meet the needs of our available volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact the Volunteer Office with any questions. We can be reached at volprog@fi.edu or 215.448.1163.

  

"I get personal satisfaction from doing something for someone else and volunteering in an area I enjoy."

Is training provided to volunteers?
All volunteers receive an orientation through the Volunteer Office. Job-related training is provided by the department in which a volunteer is working.

What are the benefits of volunteering?
Active volunteers receive free admission to the Museum, including IMAX®, Fels Planetarium, and Franklin Theater shows, discoents in museum store and restaurant, invitations to special events, and, when volunteering, free parking or transportation reimbursement. Depending on the number of recorded hours, active year-round volunteers may earn a free membership to The Franklin Institute.

"Volunteering at The Franklin Institute has taught me how to teach others, how to learn from others, and how to take the initiative to discover why."