Make a difference by donating your time and special talents in a variety of areas!
  • Translations
  • Education
  • Front Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Genealogy Center
  • Special Events and more!

Foster an appreciation for Italian history, culture and heritage. Volunteers enjoy participation in special events, social gatherings, and continuing opportunities to learn about Italian history. They also develop lasting friendships.

Note: The museum frequently creates new volunteer opportunities for special projects and events as our organization grows, so stay tuned.

Volunteering at the Genealogy Center

The History of Italian Immigration Museum’s Genealogy Center always welcomes new volunteers, especially individuals living locally with genealogical research experience and those able to translate from Italian to English. Genealogy Center volunteers also bring a wide variety of skills to the museum. Some may live nearby and work to interview Italian Americans and extract family tales.

Volunteers may represent the Genealogy Center at genealogical and Italian conferences and festivals. Others live at a greater distance and contribute by translating Italian documents, entering data on their home computers, or photographing tombstones. A number of volunteers keep their eyes out for obituaries of Italian immigrants, Italian-Americans and other materials of interest to the Genealogy Center collection and send them to the library. Regardless of what each volunteer does, he/she contributes to our ultimate goal of helping people find information about their Italian ancestors and background.


The HIIM offers unpaid, credit internships for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year. An internship is a great way to gain real-life experience working in a new- small-size museum during your Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Internship schedules are flexible based on each interns work and school schedules and the projects in the HIIM.  For internships, please apply via Handshake (account required).

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