Volunteer Programs

BSGW and The Bead Museum offer interesting and fun opportunities to get involved as volunteers in several activities. Get the satisfaction of supporting our educational efforts while sharing your skills or learning some new ones. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, from high school students to senior citizens. Please contact us if you would like to help in any of the following areas: 

  • Museum Volunteers
  • Help out as a docent
  • Work in our gift shop
  • Catalog new acquisitions in our library
  • Research and classify beads
  • Assist in our education and outreach programs.     
  • Demonstrations

    Show off your skills and offer demonstrations of bead making or jewelry design at meetings and at special museum events.  
    Museum volunteer schedules are flexible. A commitment of one half or full day per week would be appreciated.  
    Contact the Bead Museum Director,
    Tania Said (202-624-4500), for additional information.

    Rewarding Internship Opportunities!


    The Bead Museum in Washington DC is dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge about beads. We maintain a Permanent Collection, space for Rotating Exhibits, a Library, and a Museum Shop. We host lecturers, produce a calendar of events, publish a Newsletter, are working on a Web site and our first two books. We participate in various educational community events.


    We offer the chance to expand your portfolio or resume with meaningful work experiences in the following disciplines:


    Journalism, Communications, English or Graphic Design

    • Editing, writing, researching, reviewing for our Newsletter

    • Participating in the re-design and updating of our Newsletter

    • Maintaining and updating our website


    Museum Management and/or Art History

    • Assisting with exhibit design, installation, and dismantling

    • Planning and implementing special events related to exhibits

    • Training as docent and working with the public in the Museum

    • Researching beads and assisting with the accessioning


    Library Science

    • Helping to evaluate and review books for library patrons

    • Creating Library exhibits and programs

    • Assisting with cross referencing system



    • Working to design and implement teacher training programs

    • Facilitating and coordinating visiting students and groups

    All Intern Positions are on a volunteer basis.  We will be happy to assist you in meeting your academic requirements and will provide references on request.


    Interested intern candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and completed volunteer application to Tania Said, 400 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 or tsaid@beadmuseumdc.org.


    Contact the Bead Museum Director, Tania Said (202-624-4500), for additional information.


    Click here for information about our volunteer program.



    Contact us via e-mail at: info@beadmuseumdc.org

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