MCI offers fellowship and internship opportunities involving a variety of artifact analysis, preservation, and conservation treatment specialties. MCI's commitment is to enhance the experience of the fellow or intern, providing specialized technical and scientific training.

Volunteers at MCI take part in the Smithsonian's Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program. Opportunities may be available in a variety of areas: scientific, conservation, outreach and administrative. Although volunteers may derive many of the same educational and enrichment benefits as interns, their efforts are viewed primarily as contributions to the on-going work of the institution.