Become a Volunteer Docent
The Colby Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year, including schoolchildren from all across Maine. Volunteer docents provide invaluable support in engaging these visitors and have the opportunity to inspire a lifelong love of art in thousands of students.
No previous knowledge or experience is needed to become a docent, only a love of learning! As part of the docent program, participants will enjoy benefits such as access to Colby College classes and libraries, Museum gift shop discounts, social gatherings, and field trips.
As a docent, you will be surrounded by art, improve your public speaking skills, and be an essential part of a team that is deeply committed to art and the Central Maine community.
Docent training takes place twice a year and is a week-long intensive training course with instruction in art history, teaching, and storytelling techniques. For more information please contact Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs Abby Newkirk, at 207.859.5623 or [email protected]
Expectations for Colby Museum Volunteer Docents are as follows:
- Be open to learning communication techniques, how and why people learn, as well as art history
- Attend the full 30-hour, week-long New Docent Training in January (one time only)
- Come to at least 9 of the 12 monthly docent meetings held at the Museum on the first Tuesday of the month from 2–3:30pm
- Shadow 3–4 tours in preparation for leading your own tour
- Be able to give 3 tours a semester, or a total of 9 tours per year
- Have the desire and ability to make the museum a fun, comfortable place for you and our visitors
The Colby College Museum of Art is committed to offering students professional development and mentorship opportunities here at Colby and through a regional, national, and global network of institutional partners.
A variety of internship opportunities exist here at the Colby Museum and our partner institutions. All internships are paid. No prior experience is expected. If you are interested in applying for an internship, check out this page.
In accordance with the Museum’s commitment to serve the Colby community, the Museum Student Advisory Board programs events specifically tailored to students and student groups, promote the Museum and its events across campus, and advise staff on the interests of the student body. Learn more about joining the Student Advisory Board here.
Students interested in visitor services at the Museum can apply to become Welcome Desk Attendants. If you are interested in this student job, check out this page.