The Detroit Historical Society is always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with tours, special events, historical research, office work and programs. If you are flexible, energetic and enthusiastic about Detroit’s history, then we just might be the place for you!

Volunteer benefits include:

  • Rewarding and interesting opportunities
  • Full training and support
  • Access to a free Detroit and Michigan History lending library
  • Free membership to the museum after 50 hours of service

Potential volunteers must be 18 years or older and must submit an application. We also ask volunteers to become members of the Society.

Ready to get started?  Click on the links below to learn more and submit your application.

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Application

Already a volunteer?  Check out the Volunteer Information Center.


Internship opportunities are available in many areas of the Detroit Historical Society, including exhibitions, collections, education, programs, development, marketing and public relations. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to work with their university or college faculty and the Society staff on for-credit internship experiences. Please check our Careers page for current openings. 

If you are interested in community service, work-deferred or short-term volunteering, or if you do not see a current opening that matches your interest, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at arlethaw@detroithistorical.org or 313.833.1263 to learn about more opportunities.