Volunteers & Interns2017-11-16T16:19:20+00:00

Volunteers & Interns

As a nonprofit, we depend heavily on the unique skill-sets of our diverse volunteer force. Our volunteer pool—around 150 individuals active at any given time—helps power nearly every aspect of what we do, from the office to the studio floor, from the youth program to our renowned events. Volunteers earn discounts on classes, of up to 50% on tuition and membership costs, as well as the satisfaction of being an integral part of one of the nation’s top industrial arts facilities.


Block Time Volunteers

Block Time volunteers commit to a shift of four hours per week at a regularly scheduled time, assisting a Crucible staff person who supervises their time and tasks. Examples include studio volunteering, front desk, and tool room monitoring.

Special Event Volunteers

Volunteer roles usually include setup, teardown, greeting guests, security, fire-safety, art monitoring, and registering people for classes. Volunteering at events usually means you will not have time to watch the show. Our annual events include Hot Couture, Fireside Lounges, open houses, and Soirée.

Youth & Community Program Volunteers

Field trips, bike fix-a-thons, earn-a-bike, special youth workshops and open houses at The Crucible require volunteers with previous experience successfully interacting with youth. Responsibilities include helping students with their projects, assisting the instructor with set-up and clean-up, helping youth with activities, greeting them at check-in, and escorting them in groups to watch studio demonstrations. Experience working in a studio environment is a plus.


The Crucible offers internships to volunteers who have specialized knowledge or skills that can be directly applied to specific projects or departments. Interns agree to volunteer for 60 hours. This agreement is contractual. By signing an intern agreement, the intern agrees to fulfill their volunteer hours as described in the agreement.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Ten volunteer hours are required before accrual toward benefits begins. After the initial 10 hours, volunteer hours accumulate toward the benefits listed below.
  • 1 volunteer hour = 1% off class tuition (up to 50%)
  • Special Incentive Shifts = 10% coupon off class tuition; may be used as initial required 10 hours
  • 10% coupons may be combined with volunteer hours up to 100% off class tuition.
  • Can use hours to purchase a Crucible Membership
  • 25 hrs = 1 year Firecracker Membership
  • 50 hrs = 1 year Pyro Membership
  • Volunteer must still pay studio fees for classes

Volunteer Policies

  • Volunteers can pre-arrange to donate their volunteer hours to a scholarship pool or another specified individual via the Transfer of Volunteer Hours form which MUST be completed prior to actually volunteering the hours they wish to donate.
  • Volunteers may redeem their volunteer hours when they wish as long as they comply with all regulations.
  • Volunteers are not eligible to register before 30 days prior to the start of a desired class.
  • Volunteers must register in person or over the phone to receive their discount from volunteer hours. Registering online will not yield a volunteer discount.
  • Once volunteer hours are used towards a benefit, they are voided and new hours are logged toward a new benefit.
  • Other promotional discounts cannot be combined with accrued volunteer hours.
  • Accrued hours may be combined with membership discounts.

Internship Benefits

  • Departmental interns are rewarded with access to the department (with specified restrictions) for the duration of their internship.
  • Non-departmental interns earn credit toward tuition waivers with their intern hours as specified in the intern agreement.

Internship Policies

  • All guidelines, safety regulations, and codes of conduct agreed to in The Crucible’s Volunteer Policy Manual apply anytime the intern is performing related duties.
  • Internship hours are not transferable to the scholarship fund nor any individuals.
  • Classes are based on availability and must be confirmed with the program manager.
  • The internship hourly commitment must be met before a class can be taken. Classes cannot be taken concurrently with the internship.
  • Interns cannot sign up for a class until two weeks prior to the start date of that class.
  • Studio fees still apply for interns and must be paid before the start of the session.
  • The intern hours you bank during the session specified on this contract must be applied towards a class within one year of the internship or they will be voided. Remember to redeem your classes!

For information regarding volunteering at The Crucible,
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