College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The Whatcom Museum of History and Art

Special information and instructions for The Whatcom Museum of History and Art:

From initial contact to start date can take about a month. It is important to begin the process at least a month prior, if not earlier. You can even begin the process a quarter or two prior to the quarter you would like to do the internship. Summer is a great time to do an internship at The Whatcom Museum of History and Art because they have fewer regular volunteers and even fewer interns during that time.

Time Commitment:

The Museum requires that interns commit to two quarters of service. There are exceptions to this: The Education Department at the museum may, on occasion, as special projects arise, take students for one quarter. The Collections Management Department is not currently accepting interns; however, when an opening becomes available, interns are required to commit to a full year of service. Otherwise, a two quarter minimum is required from Education, Art Curation and Photo Archives. You will be expected to remain in the same department throughout your internship.

Credits & Schedule:

The Museum prefers the students enroll for 3 or 4 credits (Art Curation prefers 4). That would be 6-8 hours per week. The work can be scheduled during Monday - Friday, 8:00 to 5:00 pm. Days can be flexed, but consistency and a block of dedicated time is important. In rare cases, when there's a special event, Saturday or evening hours may be required. 

How do I sign up?

FIRST STEP: Fill out the Volunteer Inquiry form and return to the Museum.
Download a copy of the Volunteer Inquiry Form and fill it out completely. Then return the form to Brooksana Raney at You should hear back from the museum within a week, at which time, staff and student must meet to determine the best fit for placement.

SECOND STEP: Get your security check from the Museum.
After you have been approved for a position at the museum, you must get your security clearance, which can take up to a week, and is required before you can register for the course.

THIRD STEP: Fill out the Internship Contract.
You will need to do this WITH the museum personnel as it includes scheduling the interns working hours and the duties that will be required.

FOURTH STEP: Contact Dr. Joyce Hammond or Dr. Sarah Campbell for an override code.
Once you receive an override code you may register for the Museology course.

For more information about the museum, you can view their web site here:
The Whatcom Museum of History and Art