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Volunteers at the State Historical Building


Do you have a passion for history? The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is looking for enthusiastic volunteers like you! Whether you are in search of a one-time experience or ongoing volunteer opportunities, we may have something for you.

State Historical Society of Iowa Opportunities

Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to get involved at State Historical Society locations in Des Moines and Iowa City, as well as historic sites across the state. Volunteer opportunities vary and are on an as needed basis. If volunteer opportunities are not currently available, we will keep the application on file for future opportunities.  You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. 

Volunteer judges are needed to help evaluate student projects and create a positive experience for Iowa's young historians during National History Day district and state contests. 

Currently enrolled college students may be interested in applying for the museum's internship program.

Iowa Arts Council Opportunities

Volunteer Panelist Program

Are you interested in helping support Iowa arts? We want to hear from you. Citizen advice from unique artistic and cultural viewpoints is central to government support of the arts. Volunteer and share your expertise by participating in Iowa Arts Council review panels.

Panelists must be age 21 or older, Iowa residents and have professional experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • An arts discipline
  • Arts education
  • Nonprofit organization management
  • Community-based arts projects

Selected panelists will receive training and may be eligible for a stipend.

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines
  2. Complete the application

Application does not guarantee selection to serve as a review panelist.

Other Opportunities

  • Internship Program: Currently enrolled college students may be interested in applying for the museum's internship program.
  • Silver Cord Program: If you are looking to obtain volunteer hours toward the Silver Cord Program please check your high school's Silver Cord Program website and Facebook page for opportunities at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. All available opportunities will be posted through your school.