Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming an Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

Name and address

Demographic Information

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.

Emergency Contact

Please list someone we may contact in case of emergency.

Conduct Agreement for Volunteers

All volunteers for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will be expected to:

1.) Complete the required application paperwork and attend orientation and training sessions as needed.

2.) Be Appropriate. You are in a professional setting and are expected to treat your supervisor, co-workers, and visitors with professionalism, courtesy, and kindness. Please turn off your cell phone while volunteering. Always exhibit acceptable behavior and maintain appropriate boundaries while volunteering or interning.

3.) Be prompt and dependable. Although you are volunteering your time, you are participating as a reliable, trustworthy, and contributing member of a team. If possible, please call at least one day in advance to let staff know you will not be there at your scheduled time. In many cases, you be the only volunteer or intern available for that shift so early notification is crucial to our efforts to replace you or make other plans for the completion of your work.

4.) Sign in and sign out upon arrival and departure.

5.) Wear your ID badge and approved dress code for identification.

6.) Be patient when working with children and adults. They may be having difficulties of you are not aware. Your patience will work wonders.

7.) Be flexible in responding to the needs of the visitors and staff. The level or intensity of activity at the museum is not always predictable. Your flexibility to changing situations can help things run smoothly and will produce positive outcomes for everyone involved.

8.) Be confidential. If you are having a problem, refrain from sharing it with visitors or within their hearing. Speak with your supervisor discreetly, or contact the Volunteer Center staff for help. Be cautious of sharing privileged information with visitors, guests, and co-workers.

9.) Be a positive role model in attitude, behavior, and language. Let your conversations demonstrate respect for others and avoid language that may be perceived as discriminatory, sexist, or offensive. Avoid casual conversation and joking with guests that might be construed as overly friendly. Conversations should be professional and relate to museum specific topics.

10.) Notify a staff member at any time you experience an emergency or witness a problem with a guest. Staff are trained to deal with a variety of issues and can activate any necessary emergency protocols.

11.) Communicate. Ask questions, share ideas, get to know the staff, and other volunteers and interns. Don't hesitate to call, leave a note, or ask for a meeting with the Volunteer Center staff to discuss any problems or concerns that may arise. Every problem can be solved with respect and honest communication.

12.) Follow "safe touch" suggestions. Volunteers and interns should not initiate touching a child (hand-holding, hugs, lap-sitting) but may respond to a child's initiation of appropriate touch.

13.) Be respectful of children and adults' diversity of culture, religion, and background. Don't assume someone celebrates the same holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or even their birthday). Also don't assume the make-up of anyone's "family" (size, race, or gender).

14.) Gifts for children are never appropriate. Please do not pass out candy, food, money, or small gift items.

15.) Volunteers are required to wear red polos with the museum logo and, if desired, red logoed fleece jackets – to be provided by the museum. Vests may be an alternative for infrequent volunteers. Business casual pants are required.

By agreeing below you are indicating that you have read and understand this document and will abide by the expectations outlined above.