We recently sat down with one of our dedicated volunteers, Nancy Cardenas, to learn more about her time at the Museum. Nancy has spent the last year interning and volunteering with the Museum, first as a Cultural Resources intern and now, a Development department volunteer.


Hi! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your involvement with the Museum.
Hello! My name is Nancy Cardenas. Last summer, I was a Cultural Resources intern assissting with the moth project – a pest mitigation project for the textiles the Museum stewards – and I’m now a volunteer in the Development department.

What made you choose to volunteer at the Museum of Man?
I’ve always wanted to be a museum registrar and always loved my visits to the Museum of Man, so when I saw an opening here, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

What do you typically do as a volunteer for the Development department/what have you learned as a volunteer for the Development department?
I usually update the donor and member database, prepare mailings, and assist in any other tasks the Development team needs help with. I’ve learned a lot about Salesforce, the Museum’s customer relationship management database, and picked up a few more organizational skills along the way.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering here?
I really love the sense of community and people here! I feel appreciated and valued. It’s an amazing working environment.

What is your favorite exhibit?
I love learning about myths and folklore from around the world, so of course I instantly fell in love with Monsters!

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I usually spend my time drawing, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with my boyfriend and our dog.

How can someone start volunteering at the Museum?
Folks should do what I did and check out the Museum’s website to see if there are any openings in areas they’re interested in! I think everyone can find something that fits them here.


Learn more about how you can become a Museum of Man volunteer here, and check out our last volunteer spotlight!