Summer Internships

Holocaust Museum LA offers internship opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students interested in careers in museums, archives, non-profits, or education.  Interns gain professional skills, meet experts, work with mentors, and learn about museum work by having firsthand experience working on a variety of daily tasks and meaningful projects.  

High School Internship 


Holocaust Museum LA High School Internship Program offers opportunities for high school students to connect with history, arts, museum work, education, and mentors to develop professional skills, connect, and gain experience. Teens will sharpen their professional and leadership skills, contribute to the Museum field, and gain valuable insight from knowledgeable and experienced mentors. 


Applicants must be entering 9th-12th grade. Deadline for application is March 19. The High School Internship will last for 4 weeks beginning June 14, 2021.  Internships are unpaid, but class credit can be provided. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our 2021 Summer Internship Programs will be virtual.  


Undergrad and Graduate Internship  


This program invites qualified, motivated, and passionate candidates with an interest in history, art, museum work, and education to join our summer intern community. Interns learn how to engage and educate the public around the social relevancy of Holocaust history while taking part in day-to-day projects and work related to the Museum’s mission to commemorate, educate, and inspire. Interns will gain professional development and work alongside a dynamic team of educators, conservators, and community leaders. In addition to honing professional skills, interns will join an exceptional community of peers, volunteers, and staff who are dedicated to education and inspiring a more dignified world.  Interns receive in-depth training about Holocaust history, museum pedagogy, and non-profit day-to-day operation.   


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college, university, or graduate program. Deadline for application is March 19. The internship will last for 8 weeks. Internships are unpaid, but class credit can be provided.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our 2021 Summer Internship Programs will be virtual.


Archival Internship

The preservation of historical documents and artifacts is crucial to understanding, teaching, and learning from history. Holocaust Museum LA is committed to the preservation and retention of artifacts in both physical and digital format. The Museum strives to make its collection accessible online, transitioning and maintaining a catalogue of primary sources on a digital platform, and providing free public access to this platform as a resource for scholars, teachers and students. The Museum’s online archival database provides digital access to these important resources and receives visitors from around the world.

The Museum’s internship program invites qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust, as well as the way in which a museum operates, specifically related to the archives. Interns will learn and assist with the various methods and steps required to process, digitize, preserve, and catalog artifacts in an environment dedicated to Holocaust history and education. Interns will have the opportunity to work with both the physical and digital archives of the Museum, researching, organizing and cataloguing both newly donated artifacts, as well as those within the museum’s existing collection.



  • Record and digitize new acquisitions for both the Museum’s physical and digital archive

  • Assist in the preservation of existing and incoming artifacts, utilizing Museum best practice

  • Assist staff in various tasks related to the administration and cataloguing of the physical records relating to the Museum’s archive and collection

  • Provide research assistance for Museum exhibits and social media postings as needed

Internship Qualifications:


  • Enrollment in undergraduate or graduate program, preferably with a focus in history, art history, library studies or museum studies

  • Interest in archival methods and research

  • Strong written communication skills, including a knowledge of editing and composition

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Interest in Holocaust and 20th-century European history

  • Social media skills

  • Fluency in German, Polish, Dutch, French, Russian or Hungarian


**Writing sample required: excerpt from a paper written in college**

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to christie@hmla.org

Docent Training

 "Participating in the docent training program at Holocaust Museum LA has been an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience. Not only do I have a deeper understanding of Holocaust history, but the experience has left me with a deep sense of responsibility to share what I have learned with the students who visit the museum. Giving tours has been such an enlightening experience, especially when I see those “aha” moments in the eyes of the students." - Hava, Holocaust Museum LA Docent

Join our Museum community and become part of a dedicated, dynamic group of volunteer docents who are educating the next generation and fulfilling the mission of our founding Holocaust survivors to commemorate, educate, and inspire.

**Virtual docent training is designed exclusively for virtual tours. Following the safe re-open of the Museum space, we will host additional training for those interested in becoming gallery docents. Please note that attendance at all virtual sessions is mandatory.**


This is a great opportunity if you:


  • Love working with people, especially middle and high school students.

  • Have a passion for history and education.

  • Believe the Holocaust should never be forgotten.

  • Want to make a difference from home!

As a virtual docent you will:

  • Lead virtual tours of the Museum galleries for students. 

  • Educate on Holocaust history.

  • Engage students while utilizing primary sources, oral history, and gallery education techniques. 

  • Connect with others who are passionate about history, education, and culture!

To become a virtual docent, you must participate in and complete the virtual docent training program. During the training you will learn about the history of Holocaust Museum LA, participate in virtual museum tours and special lectures, master virtual teaching techniques, learn the historical context of the Holocaust, and become familiar with the Museum’s collection and exhibits.

All docents must:

  • Volunteer for at least four 1-hour time slots each month

  • Conduct 60-minute virtual tours

  • Attend all 10 docent training sessions

  • Successfully complete written and oral tests within 35 days of the end of training

  • Adhere to Museum rules and standards

Virtual Docent Training Requirements: 

  • Comfortable with using computers

  • Excellent working knowledge of Zoom 

  • Excellent working knowledge of PowerPoint

  • Access to reliable internet and a computer

Training Dates:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm PDT

Start Date: April 27, 2021

Applications due April 10, 2021 

All sessions take place via Zoom. All materials are provided. Capacity is limited. For more information, please contact our Education Associate, Fanny Wolfowitz, at fanny@hmla.org

Holocaust Survivor Speakers

The Museum is always looking for Holocaust survivors who would like to speak to our visitors about their own experience. If you are a Holocaust survivor and you would like to help us teach younger generations about what happened during WWII, please contact us.

For more information please contact Michael Morgenstern at (323) 456-5083 or michael@hmla.org


Other Opportunities

Whether you are a 16-year-old student or an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor, the Museum has many interesting projects to fill your available volunteer hours. 

We are looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks, including the following:


Helping with administrative tasks and data entry in our offices; 

Working with our visitor services staff to greet and assist visitors;

Helping our staff run events -- especially on weekends -- by running errands, setting up chairs and sound equipment, and driving survivors to and from the Museum. 

To become a volunteer at Holocaust Museum LA, please fill out our Volunteer Application. For more information, please email