Volunteers & Interns
If you would like to volunteer or intern with us, please download our Volunteer/Intern Application here. The different opportunities can be found in the categories below. For more information, please email
Gunston Hall Docents' Association | Archaeology | Curatorial | Development/Marketing/PR | Education | Gunston Hall Historical Interpreter Society | Young Gunston Hall Interpreters | Library and Archives.
The Gunston Hall Docents' Association, in existence over fifty years, trains docents once a year for two weeks in the early spring. Docents are asked to commit to conducting at least two tours a month for students, primarily elementary school level. Docents also are encouraged to attend a monthly meeting featuring a guest speaker or program on 18th-century history or plantation life. Docents may volunteer in other ways as well, such as 18th-century open hearth cooking, living history, working in the herb garden, visiting school classrooms, and working in the library. In addition, docents frequently visit other historic sites to learn from their presentations.
The archaeology program depends heavily on volunteers who work with the staff archaeologist. Most volunteers arrive with no previous practical experience in archaeology. They learn on the job. Volunteers may choose to work one or more days between Tuesday and Saturday, and may stay any number of hours between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. All equipment is provided. The field season runs from the first part of April until mid December. The remainder of the year is spent processing artifacts in the archaeology lab. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
We do not currently offer curatorial internships. Please check back for future opportunities.
Development, Marketing and Public Relations internships are available. Interns may work with marketing specific programs, development mailings, and other projects. Interested applicants will need to meet with staff to explore potential projects. Scheduling is flexible.
The education department welcomes interns and volunteers to carry out a variety of tasks that relate to public interpretation. Potential interns need to apply and meet with education staff to explore potential projects. Scheduling is flexible and project dependent.
The Gunston Hall Library & Archives offers a variety of internships and volunteer opportunities to work with the modern reference collection, the rare books, and the archival collection. The internships may include updating the collections database, and with research files.