Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 100 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 10 or more years!


Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed and then submit an application for a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. The Penn Museum’s volunteer needs vary throughout the year. If you don’t see a position that is a good fit or of particular interest to you now, please plan to check back at a future time. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis unless otherwise noted.

Penn Cultural Heritage Center Volunteer

Description: The Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is seeking volunteers for assistance in creating an event-level dataset of intentional cultural heritage destruction. This dataset aims to quantify cultural heritage destruction during post-1991 conflicts across the world. The dataset will establish coding standards and definitions for studying and preventing intentional cultural heritage destruction in future conflict. This project provides an opportunity to learn how to conduct quantitative research in the humanities and to develop knowledge about the cultural heritage sector.

Qualifications: A successful candidate for this position will have: knowledge of excel; background studies in anthropology, history, political science, or archaeology; interest in cultural heritage destruction. A background in quantitative research and foreign language (Arabic) is helpful, but not necessary.

Commitment: The schedule is flexible based on the volunteer’s availability, and work can be done remotely. A minimum of one hour of work a week is expected.


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