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"For me, helping the Museum of Tolerance guests remember the Holocaust and learn tolerance is a wonderful way of giving back." Dr. Barry Kolom, MOT Guide


Congratulations to our new 2016 Summer Volunteers and Staff!

Interested in volunteering at the Museum of Tolerance? Know someone who might be?

New volunteer classes will begin on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Learn more and apply below.

The Museum of Tolerance offers three distinct volunteer programs for people of different ages, with many different interests, skills and abilities:

MOT Volunteers
MOT Internships or Special Museum Project Volunteers
MOTivating Teens Volunteer Program

Qualities of a MOT Volunteer:

  • Dedication to the mission, goals and ideals of the MOT.
  • Respect for cultural diversity and a commitment to social justice.
  • Motivation to empower individuals to make a difference.
  • Enthusiasm for continual learning and training.
  • Reliability as a MOT volunteer.

MOT Volunteers

Be an Exhibit Assistant, Museum Docent, support the goals of the Library & Archives, and much more!

We ask our Volunteers for a commitment of at least 1 year and 100 hours (about 10 hours a month), in addition to completing any required training.

There is an administrative fee of $45 to cover the cost of training materials. Limited scholarships are available. We also encourage Museum membership.

The MOT is currently welcoming Volunteer applicants for:

Greeter and Exhibit Assistants: You are Host/Hostess for the MOT, greeting and guiding public visitors through exhibits, and helping out at various exhibit areas in the MOT.

Museum Docents or Tour Guides: Over 140,000 students participate in guided tours at the MOT each year. Volunteer guides bring their enthusiasm and skills to shape a highly interactive educational experience at the MOT. You will be trained to facilitate tours in the Tolerancenter / Holocaust exhibit and/or in the Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves exhibit.

Library and Archives: You will be trained to assist with daily library operations, answering phones, cataloging and research, and with the preparation of digital archival material.

Gift Galleria and Bookstore: You will greet customers and assist staff.

Interns* or Special Museum Projects Volunteer

Apply for positions in the Museum Education, Youth Action Lab, Research and Evaluation, or the Library and Archives. 

Museum Education: Greet and assist visitors at Museum exhibits, with special exhibitions, and conduct group tours throughout the Museum.

Youth Action Lab: Assist with planning and implementing creative Family Sunday Programs. Research outreach strategies for the Museum; develop data base. Some Sundays will be required.

Research and Evaluation: Help develop research materials for data collection and conduct visitor surveys. Analyze this data with assistance from museum staff.

Library and Archives:  Assist with archival processing and historical research; help with general library operations.

  • Commit to 10-15 hours per week
  • Assignments are awarded in the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters of each year and are open to college juniors, seniors, post-graduate and graduate students.
  • A Certificate of Acknowledgement is awarded upon the successful completion of the program

*Internships are unpaid and must qualify for college credit. If no credit is desired, positions are available as Special Museum Projects Volunteers.

MOTivating Teens Volunteers

    New teen program for high school students grades 9-12, includes: an Independent Museum Exploration and Education Journal, Volunteering as a Teen Docent at the MOT, a Community Service/Social Justice Project

    • Fulfills community service requirements
    • Applications are being accepted throughout the year
    • One year commitment
    • Minimum 50 volunteer hours per year

    MOT Volunteer Orientation Training

    Volunteer Applications are accepted throughout the year. Prospective candidates must participate in a personal interview, followed by reference checks. If accepted to our Volunteer Program, prospective volunteers are invited to attend the formal MOT Volunteer Orientation Training, which is offered in October and in February or to begin our Independent Volunteer Training Program.

    Volunteer training is followed by a flexible Apprenticeship period designed to allow Volunteers to become comfortable with the MOT, its exhibits and the various Volunteer opportunities, and to become certified before beginning active volunteer service.

    The eight-week formal Volunteer Orientation Training includes:

    • An introduction to the MOT mission & goals
    • Visitor Service workshops
    • Museum Education methodology 
    • MOT exhibit information and training
    • Holocaust History series, conducted by Senior Researcher
    • Global hate.com exhibit and updates, conducted by Senior Researcher
    • Tolerance workshops, conducted by professional staff 
    • Facilitation skills workshops and training
    • Logistics of Museum flow

    Next Volunteer Orientation Training:  June 28 - August 9, 2016 (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 - 4:30pm)

    MOT Independent Volunteer Training (IVT) Program

    The MOT Independent Volunteer Training Program (IVT) is designed to offer greater flexibility for prospective volunteers who are unable to attend the formal classes, due to school or work schedule conflicts.  Prospective volunteers commit to a regular day and time each week that works with their schedule to conduct their training.

    The Independent Volunteer Training Program includes three levels of training, with a syllabus to guide the prospective volunteer in exploring the various exhibits and historical content of the Museum at their own pace, and it includes a journaling component.

    • Level One: Mandatory Training- Introduction to the Museum and its exhibits
    • Level Two: Logistics/ Exhibit Assistant Training
    • Level Three: Continuing Education/ Docent Preparation

    The MOT also offers update exhibit training and skills workshops for all Volunteers throughout the year.


    Please contact Director, Museum Volunteer Services at:
    Telephone: 310.772.2510 or e-mail: volunteer@museumoftolerance.com

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    NEW Volunteer Orientation Training will begin on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and will conclude on Tuesday, August 9, 2016!

    Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00PM - 4:30PM 

    Applications are currently being accepted.

    Make a Difference. . . Become a Volunteer Today!