The Campbell House Museum depends on dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers to carry out daily operations and special programs. The work of volunteers is vital to the museum's operations. The Museum ALWAYS has a need for volunteers in the following areas:
Docents and Museum Store volunteers are scheduled when the Museum is open to the public (Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. and other times as needed). Most Docents and Museum Store volunteers work one day per week or one day per month. A volunteer coordinator handles scheduling, which is very flexible. Museum Store staff is scheduled similarly by the Store manager.
All volunteers receive comprehensive on-the-job training, a subscription to the seasonal newsletterCampbell House Courier, and invitations to social and educational special events throughout the year. The best rewards, perhaps, are the friendships made, and the satisfaction of contributing to the cultural quality of life in St. Louis.
The members of the Board of Directors and various committees are all volunteers. They are invited to serve by the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Museum.
The Campbell House Museum works in cooperation with colleges and universities to promote education in history, art history, museum studies and other programs. Campbell House interns have gone on the find jobs in museums around the country. A few have even found employment at Campbell House.
Interns may be assigned to focus on a particular facet of the Museum, such as collections, development, research, educational programming, or promotion. However, a broad range of activities will be part of the experience, and the student will receive exposure to various contacts in the cultural institutions industry in St. Louis. As a result, the intern will be better prepared for the "real world" of work.
In recent years interns have worked on projects as diverse as helping establish the Museum's PastPerfect collection database, a GIS project mapping the Campbell's Lucas Place neighborhood and reaserch into Robert Campbell's involvement in the 1851 Fort Laramie treaty.
Internships are generally not paid but are available for course credit. For more information, work with your school advisor and please contact the Museum.
Read About the Experience of Past Interns
Wow!! There are so many positive things to describe my time at Campbell House that
it’s hard to find a place to begin. Perhaps the best praise I can give CHM and its incredible group of staff and volunteers is to recognize the incredibly high standard of quality that is exacted throughout the museum. You will not find a more dedicated group of people focused on the preservation and presentation of public history, and the home itself is a national treasure, unlike anything I’d had the opportunity to experience previously. A trademark of my year at Campbell House was the amount of hands-on, down and dirty work that I was given the opportunity to do with artifacts and documents, from preservation procedures to the design and implementation of exhibits. CHM also provided me with valuable experience in PastPerfect archival software, a skill that has proved incredibly valuable since leaving the museum. The story of the Campbell family and the significant role that Robert and Hugh played in St. Louis history is often jaw dropping, and it was an honor to be a part of preserving their legacy. I would highly recommend an internship or volunteer experience with the Campbell House Museum to anyone planning a future working in archives or museums, it is time well spent in a magnificent home with the best staff around. Sam M.
My time at the Campbell House Museum has been an absolutely amazing experience. I was able to continue to develop my skills as a student of museum studies while working with a close-knit, dedicated group of staff and volunteers. In addition working with actual Campbell family artifacts, I was also allowed to work with letters and photographs from the archive. This dual exposure helped me to understand what being a historian/museum professional is really about. The Campbell House has given me more opportunities than I ever imagined and has provided me with a solid base on which to begin my museum career. I am truly grateful for my time there. Lindsey D.
- I had a wonderful summer interning at the Campbell House Museum. I loved learning about the Campbell family and their house, and sharing that history with visitors on tours. Because I was interested in learning more about the family’s religious history, I spent the summer researching and piecing together a timeline on that topic. I had so much fun! I also really enjoyed getting to know everyone who works at the museum – the staff, the docents, and the other interns. I’m so grateful for my experience at the Campbell House! Sydney S.My internship this summer at Campbell House Museum was a truly wonderful experience. One benefit of interning at a smaller museum was that I got an understanding of how a museum is run in a lot of different aspects. Campbell House Museum itself is such an incredible historical resource, and the staff were amazingly friendly and always excited to help me with whatever I was working on! Katherine N.
My internship at Campbell House Museum this summer was very rewarding! I learned so much about running a museum and all the tasks that a museum director takes on. I have gained experiences that I’m sure will be invaluable in my future. Interning at Campbell House opens a door to the past that anyone would love. Every time I come into the museum, I become a part of history and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I feel as though I know the family and I am proud to say that I have been able to share their story with anyone who is interested. Working on the servant exhibit really enabled me to do some original research. I was able to work with the museum staff to put together a project that will help everyone who comes through the museum to understand not only what it may have been like to live in this house, but also what it may have been like to work here. I have never been more excited to continue on my path towards running my own museum one day. Erin V.
- My work as an intern at the Campbell House Museum was an amazing experience that will help me in the future. This internship provided me with an active, hands on role in the museum. I have learned so much about the running of a museum and the amount of detail that goes into the research for each exhibit. Learning from the other interns and employees added another element to my internship, as every person at the Campbell House has a different perspective and specialization to add to my knowledge. I was able to also work with the past perfect software and create my own catalogs of the museum artifacts. I felt like an integral part in the running of the museum because the variety of work I was allowed to participate in created a diverse and well-rounded experience. I hope to continue working with the museum and to stay updated on all the new research being done, as I feel invested in the Campbell history. Overall, I had a wonderful internship at the Campbell House Museum and would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in history and wants to have an active and diverse internship experience. Thanks again to everyone at the Campbell House! Maya F.
I had the privilege of being an intern at the Campbell House at two different stages in my career. The year before I went to graduate school (2007-2008) I came into the Campbell House as an intern who had never worked or volunteered in a museum setting. The first internship gave me the opportunity to get my feet wet and see what I liked and what I did not like; my first experiences involved archives and collections management. The staff was friendly and more than willing to share their knowledge of the museum. They were so fantastic that in July 2010, I came back to intern at the Campbell House Museum. This time I came with a Master’s degree in Museum Studies and was ready to put into practice what I had learned. I felt more confident in my ability to manage the projects I was given, such as planning and running a project involving the Campbell House and Saint Louis University students. Along with the SLU project I was involved in doing research for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War to planning and creating an exhibition. My experiences and what I learned from my time at the Campbell House are invaluable. Karen M.
- The Campbell House Museum has been, by far, the most rewarding learning experience I have had outside of my classroom experience. As an Historic Preservation student, I have seen and visited many house museums. The Campbell House is by far one of the best preserved and most authentic house museums I have ever experienced. If that is not enough, working at the museum you quickly learn to
- Working as an intern for the Campbell House Museum was a fantastic, hands on experience. As an undergraduate interested in the field of museum studies I was able to learn what it is like to work for a small staffed museum. Hands on is not an exaggeration as I literally touched every item on display in the museum while learning more about inventory, cataloging, and using past perfect computer software. The staff was friendly and willing to make time to individually help me learn. I would recommend an internship at the Campbell House to any student looking for real work experience that they can apply to a career. Danielle G.
- Spending the summer as an intern at the Campbell House Museum was extremely enlightening. While my main project was revamping and creating finding aides for the museum's archives, I was included in several of the other daily aspects of the house; I assisted with the collection inventory, answered phones, helped with large visitor groups and gave tours, just to name a few. But, I must say, that the most impressive thing about CHM was the dedicated staff and volunteers. Never have a met a more friendly and lively group. As a graduate student in a museum studies program, I was excited to be able to be a part of an institution whose volunteers were so involved in the research and history of the Campbells and whose staff allowed me to experience so many aspects of the museum. Jessica K.
- Giving tours at the Campbell House Museum helped me learn about the family and St. Louis, which was fascinating. Telling it to others during tours helped cement the information into my mind and better taught me how to mentally organize and present information. Entering Robert Campbell's letter information into Excel was tedious but gave me a good idea of the immense amount of work that goes into history museums, historic sites, etc. It is exciting to think that there are sources still to be explored and more stories to be told, and I'm glad I could help out with this. Hayley S.
- My two summer internships spent at the Campbell House Museum have been
and really felt apart of the museum. My opinions were always wanted and considered,
which really helped to enhance my feeling of importance as a member of the museum’s
staff. Sarah H.
- I really liked my experience as an intern at the Campbell House because I was able to work hands-on with the collection. As the collections intern, I completed an inventory by myself of every piece in the whole house, a task that many museums would not entrust upon their interns. This was supplemented by giving tours of the house to visitors where I could share my knowledge of the objects and their history with the guests. Because of this, I was able to see what it would be like to work in a museum every day and it helped me realize that I would like to pursue a career working with museum collections. Leslie H.
- Interning at the Campbell House museum was an incredibly rewarding experience.