Volunteer Opportunities and Internships

The Reitz Home Museum depends upon dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers and interns to carry out daily operations and special projects/programs. Their work is essential to the museum's operations.

Volunteers

The Reitz Home Museum always has a need for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Docents provide guided tours to museum visitors. Comprehensive training is provided.
  • Museum Gift Shop Volunteers staff the Museum Gift Shop and help visitors with their admission for tours and gift purchases. Training is provided.
  • Office Volunteers assist the staff with office tasks, such as processing the mail, answering the phone, and organizing the files.
  • Master Gardener Volunteers assist the Master Gardeners in planting and maintaining the grounds and gardens.
  • Guild Cook Team Volunteers assist the Reitz Home Guild Cook Teams in preparing lunches and dinners for groups of 25 to 48 people.

Most Docents and Museum Gift Shop Volunteers work one day per week or a few two-hour shifts per month during visiting hours, which are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and Sunday, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. A coordinator handles scheduling, which is very flexible.

All volunteers are encouraged to become a member to receive a newsletter subscription to the Reitz Gazette and invitations to social and educational events throughout the year. The best rewards, perhaps, are the friendships made, the satisfaction of contributing to the local culture of the beautiful historic district of Evansville, Indiana, and helping us in our mission of "Preserving and Sharing Our Past."

The members of the Board of Trustees and our over twenty committees are all volunteers. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

Internships

The Reitz Home Museum works in cooperation with colleges and universities to promote education in history, art history, museum studies, and other programs.

Interns may be assigned to focus on a particular facet of the museum, such as collections, development, research, educational programming, or promotion. However, a broad range of activities will be part of the experience, and the student will receive exposure to various contacts in the cultural institutions industry in Evansville. As a result, the intern will be better prepared for the "real world" of work.

In recent years, interns have worked on projects as diverse as helping to set-up new exhibits, learning to accession new items into the collection, researching family history, giving guided tours, publishing a book, and experiencing the daily responsibilities of a non-profit house museum.

Internships are generally not paid. Interns receive credit hours for 150 hours of work at the Reitz Home Museum. For more information, work with your school advisor and contact the Reitz Home Museum.