Volunteers and Internships


Volunteers play an important role in the operations of the East Tennessee Historical Society. If you have an interest in history and time to give, we invite you to consider volunteer work with the East Tennessee Historical Society. 

We seek a diverse range of volunteers who can apply skills to short-term and project-specific areas. Long-term and on-going assignments are also available. Volunteers contribute in a number of areas, including:

  • Office assistance
  • Student program and museum tour assistance
  • Artifact processing and conservation
  • Exhibit research and development
  • Hospitality and customer service
  • Visitor survey services
  • Special project research and development
  • Proofreading, editing
  • Long- and short-term and project-specific areas

For questions about volunteer opportunities, email kelleyws@eastTNhistory.org. Volunteer Orientation classes are held once each quarter.


The East Tennessee Historical Society is a leader in mentoring young history and museum professionals. Interns have an opportunity to experience the inner-workings of the museum and public history programs and to interact with professionals.

ETHS internships are for a minimum of 10-12 hours per week and involve work with a consistent project for which there are goals and project-specific objectives. Internships are on a volunteer basis. To inquire about internships, please complete the Internship Application and return by email Oakley@eastTNhistory.org, fax 865-215-8819 or mail to ETHS, P.O.Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901. Someone will contact you upon receipt.