Get Involved


Whether you have 200, 20, or 2 hours to spare, there's a place for you in our volunteer program.  


Private gifts help fund all aspects of our operations, and help keep the museum free for all.  We accept donations through the University of Iowa Foundation, the university's preferred channel for private contributions.  Visit to find out more or to make a donation to the Pentacrest Museums or the Museum of Natural History.


The Pentacrest Museums typically employ 25-30 UI students as docents, tour guides, educators, graphic designers, collections assistants, and more.  We advertise openings through HireAHawk and through the UI Museum Studies program.  Many student employees start with us as volunteers or interns.

NOW HIRING: Programming & Outreach Educator
Apply at (requisition number 19001374)


We can supervise museum internships for course credit, typically for UI Museum Studies students.  Contact a staff member to talk about potential internship projects.  Ongoing and special projects are also listed on the Museum Studies program website.

Start by talking to your home department or institution about requirements if you're interested in getting course credit for an internship outside Museum Studies.

Other ways to support your museums

Word of mouth is still our best publicity tool and our best way of connecting with our community.  If you enjoy the museum, tell a friend--or bring a friend to our next event.  Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram), and interact with us by clicking, commenting, and sharing.  Do you run or work for a local business?  Consider supporting us with in-kind donations, or by offering to put up posters for our events.

Keep in touch!

Join our email list to make sure you know about upcoming programs, exhibits, and events.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Write us a note or an email telling us what you enjoyed about your visit (or what we can do better).  You can also write or call the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the UI Office of the President, or your state legislators.  They need to know that our visitors appreciate the state's and the university's continued support of museums on campus.