Get involved and make a difference!

Each MFA volunteer is different—with their own unique set of responsibilities, skills, and experiences. Volunteers don’t necessarily need an art background, and each department provides job-specific training to the selected volunteer. Prospective volunteers should be enthusiastic, flexible, and willing to learn new things.

Benefits of Volunteering at the MFA

  • Participation in an exciting and dynamic environment
  • The opportunity to support the MFA in creating a community where all belong
  • Friendship and connection with like-minded supporters
  • Discounts on MFA dining, shopping, and public programs
  • Admission to select greater Boston cultural institutions

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities at the MFA become available based on departments’ needs and are published as opportunities arise.

Please direct any questions to volunteer@mfa.org.

Role Department
Access Guide Learning and Community Engagement
Visitor Information Specialist Member and Visitor Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Begin by reviewing the description for the volunteer positions listed above and completing the Volunteer Interest Form. Your form will be reviewed and filed for consideration. When a volunteering opportunity that matches your interest becomes available, you will be contacted about next steps in the application process.

While each volunteer opportunity is unique in its work and time requirement, most require a minimum of 3–5 hours per week on a consistent basis for at least nine to twelve months.

You do not need to have a background in the art! We are looking for volunteers that are willing to learn, engage, and collaborate. Museum policy requires that all new volunteers engage in in-depth training and attend an orientation before beginning their work-specific training and before receiving their ID/security badge. This orientation introduces the volunteer to Museum-wide policies and procedures related to volunteering at the MFA.

The MFA does not offer any teen-specific volunteer opportunities, but there are several programs and paid opportunities for teens to become engaged and develop leadership skills in the museum environment!

Learn More About Teen Programs

The MFA does not offer volunteer opportunities to university students, but exciting internship opportunities at the Museum are available seasonally in the fall, spring, and summer in a broad range of disciplines.

Learn More About Internships

Additionally, work-study eligible students at participating universities are eligible to apply for the MFA Ambassador Program. Ambassadors provide on-the-spot customer service to MFA visitors throughout the building.

Learn More About the MFA Ambassador Program