Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is now accepting applications for their inaugural docent program.


Are you interested in art, Irish history, communicating with people, and giving back to your community? If so, join us as a volunteer docent. An information session will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 3 p.m. for potential docents to learn more information about the program (please RSVP to ighm@qu.edu if you plan to attend). Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017, and will be available at the information session and also online for those unable to attend.

Docents are volunteer educators who provide tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to groups of adults and children, from around Connecticut and the world. Docents facilitate personal interaction, education, and enrichment between museum visitors and artwork.

All docents must be at least 18 years old. As a docent, you should have an interest in and a commitment to the docent program. Docents should be passionate, eager to learn, enjoy working with people, flexible, able to speak in public, dependable, honest, punctual, professional, articulate, and a good communicator. Docents will be required to attend weekly training sessions for 8 weeks, beginning in March 2017. Once trained, docents are expected to give a minimum of 2 tours monthly, requiring an approximate 4-hour commitment per month.

Applications are available for download here. Please return to claire.puzarne@qu.edu or mail to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, 275 Mount Carmel Ave. Hamden, CT 06518.

For more information, please contact Claire Puzarne, Assistant Director at claire.puzarne@qu.edu or 203-582-6574.