Our volunteers and interns help advance the Museum’s mission of inspiring human connections by exploring the human experience by performing a broad range of functions in a variety of departments, and they truly help enrich the visitor experience.

Amanda currently serves as a Museum Ambassador, welcoming guests to the Museum and providing them with information about exhibits and the Museum itself.

Hi! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your involvement with the Museum.

I’m Amanda Piccus. I graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from San Diego State University in 2016. I’ve been a Museum Ambassador since February 2019. As a Museum Ambassador, I provide information about exhibits and the Museum to guests.

What made you choose to volunteer at the Museum of Man?

I chose to volunteer at the Museum because it seemed like a great opportunity to gain some meaningful experience from an organization that provides a unique perspective on the human experience. I enjoy being able to interact with Museum guests and give insight into everything that the institution offers. 

What are your favorite exhibits?

My favorite exhibits are Cannibals: Myth & Reality and Race: Are We So Different? Both of these exhibits portray topics that appear straightforward, but they are presented in a unique way that challenges what people think they already know. 

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?

Outside of volunteering, I’m usually working at one of my two jobs. I work part-time at SeaWorld San Diego, and I’m also an Archaeological Field Technician at a local cultural resource management firm. 

How can someone start volunteering at the Museum? 

I started volunteering because I was invited to a training session with Sierra [the Museum’s Volunteer Programs Specialist] by one of my classmates at Palomar College. There is also a link to apply to volunteer on the Museum of Man’s website. 

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