Becoming a volunteer with Sheldon offers you a wide variety of benefits, such as a greater understanding of art, pride in helping an institution, sharing your skills and talents, as well as many others. Take a moment to consider how you might serve as a volunteer with us.

View the Sheldon Volunteer Handbook to learn more about the Sheldon Museum of Art and the many opportunities available to volunteer.


Museum Professional Training Internships

The Sheldon Museum of Art invites interested students, graduate and undergraduate, from all academic majors to apply for internships. This is a valuable resource to the Sheldon Museum and also is beneficial to the individual, providing an opportunity to gain valuable work experience under the supervision of art museum professionals.

Museum Store Volunteers
Volunteers will not only be responsible for taking payment of goods, assisting with inventory, and maintaining store displays, but are also a vital source of information for the visitor. Cashiers need to be responsible in handling money, have good customer relations and have a basic knowledge of the art in the museum, or where they can find more information.

A docent is an educated member of staff who is trained to give tours and provide information about all the featured artworks on exhibit in the museum and Sculpture Garden.

Docents receive an intense training course each Monday and Thursday morning in September to learn about 20th-century American art. They are also requested to attend monthly briefings to learn about recent installations.

After training, docents are required to give one morning tour every week or two school tours every other week, beginning in October and going through May. Occasionally, tours are requested at other times and during the summer.

Sheldon docents also help with many other activities and events. For example, they may be stationed in our galleries during special events, such as Jazz in June. We also have a Docent Winter Study Series.

Sheldon Student Guides
We're looking for student guides to give tours and lead discussions of exhibitions to college classes and community groups during the school year.

Undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and area colleges and universities are invited to apply.

Student docents will meet for training from 3 to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 4, 11, and 18. They will attend introductions to new exhibitions, gallery talks by curators, field trips to other museums, and meet-and-greet events for visiting artists and lecturers. Students will gain valuable experience with inquiry-based teaching strategies, access to the arts for visitors with physical or cognitive disabilities, and the behind-the-scenes operations of an art museum. No previous experience is required.

For more information or to sign up for Sheldon’s volunteer student docent program, contact Erin Poor at or 402-472-2092.


Volunteer Application

Volunteer Information Form

Personal Image Use Form/Liability Release Form