Volunteer Summer Programme

Want a career in museums? Live in South London? Aged 18 – 25? Join us at IWM London for our 3-month long Summer Volunteer Programme! Engage with museum visitors! Gain valuable practical skills! Meet and learn from museum staff!

What You'll Do: 

We are recruiting for our first ever cohort of Summer Programme Volunteers. The 3-month long volunteering period (mid-June to early September) will be spent engaging with visitors about our exhibits alongside our wonderful team of Discover Volunteers. Our Discover Volunteers are the warm and welcoming face of the museum helping visitors in the discovery and orientation of the site. They are confident using their initiative, intuition and are proud of being IWM ambassadors.


These weekly or bi-weekly front of house shifts will be supplemented with a series of workshops and learning sessions run by staff members throughout the museum. These are designed specifically for young people (aged 18-25) looking to enter the museum and heritage sector, offering a taster of a wide range of museum roles and departments to help you decide where you’d like to take your career. We want to give you the confidence to take the next step in your career whether that’s by boosting your confidence through public speaking, having a 1-1 with a supportive staff member or simply dispelling the mystery of what goes on in museums behind the scenes!


Once the 3-month programme is complete, Summer Programme Volunteers will have the option to stay at the museum as a Discover Volunteer. There are a range of other volunteer roles which you can try out too!

Why You'll Love It: 

Get an insight into a wide rangeof roles within museums as well as engaging with our visitors in teh galleries. 

What You'll Learn: 

An insight into the museums and heritage sector as well as the different roles in a museum

Communication skills

Customer Service skills


What We're Looking For: 

To volunteer for this exciting role, you must be a South London resident between the ages of 18 and 25. We’re looking for young aspiring museum professionals, who enjoy new experiences, helping others and are happy to work as part of a team. If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you. No prior experience is required.


We are looking for volunteers who can commit to ideally 1 shift per week, between 9.50am – 13:30 or 13:15 – 16:30 (timings can be flexible).

The schedule of workshops and learning sessions will be provided at the beginning of the programme. They will occur on a range of different days to account for different availability. The sessions are optional.

Widening participation
Location of opportunity: 
IWM London (Lambeth)
0 Weeks Minimum
4 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Active listening
Public Speaking
Relevant interests: 
Arts and Sculpture
Charity / Nonprofit
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Over 18 years old

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