The Museum looks for enthusiastic, energetic, and professional individuals to be part of our team through a variety of opportunities including permanent staff positions, grant-funded positions, internships and volunteer positions.
The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging diversity and welcoming applicants of all backgrounds.
Open Job Positions
Employment Opportunity: Museum Registrar
The Museum of the City of New York seeks a full-time permanent Museum Registrar to work on a team of two Registrars to oversee the intellectual control of both the City Museum’s collections objects and those loaned to the Museum for specific exhibitions. The Registrar will also facilitate administrative processes related to accessions and deaccessions, outgoing and incoming loans, and general collections documentation. Read the full job description here.
Public Programs Assistant
The museum seeks an experienced professional to manage the operations and assist in the marketing of its ambitious slate of public programs for adults. These include lectures, readings, panels, film screenings, and performances primarily occurring after 5 pm. The Public Programs Assistant will report to the Director of Public Programs and collaborate on all aspects of the execution of public programs. Read the full job description here.
Part-time Group Tours Outreach Coordinator at the Museum of the City of New York
The museum seeks a Part-time Group Tours Outreach Coordinator to increase group tour bookings and visits. Candidates must be able to commit up to 24 hours a week. Read the full job description here.
Manager of Grants and Sponsorships, Exhibitions and Special Projects
The City Museum seeks a Director of Grants and Sponsorships, Exhibitions and Special Projects—an entrepreneurial, imaginative, and experienced fundraiser—to identify, cultivate, and secure gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies for the core exhibition, changing special exhibitions, and restricted projects, including a multi-year digitization project. He or she will research and identify prospects; develop compelling solicitation letters and grant proposals; arrange on site cultivation meetings and events; effectively track and follow through on outstanding proposals and requests; and identify sponsors’ marketing needs and business objectives and tailor attractive sponsorship benefits to meet them. He or she will build strong and profitable relationships with sponsors, enabling them to feel valued and integral to the success of the groundbreaking core exhibition, temporary exhibitions, and other initiatives, including collections access and stewardship projects and the development of the Museum’s web site and other digital assets. Read the full job description here.
Assistant Manager, Facilities
The Museum of the City of New York seeks a hands-on individual with strong management skills and experience to manage and assist in the physical maintenance, operations, and fire safety requirements of its six-story, 100,000 square foot landmark facility on Fifth Avenue. The position requires a thorough knowledge of building operations, cleaning services, and demonstrated experience of successfully managing a union staff (custodial workers, maintainers, and guards). The Assistant Manager will work afternoons/evenings, Monday through Friday. Flexible schedule is required to work late nights and possible weekends when the Museum hosts evening and weekend events. Read the full job description here.
Per Diem Educator: Museum-based programs
We are currently seeking per diem educators to provide interactive experiences for school children. These programs are delivered to a wide ranging audience, from kindergarten to high school. There is some flexibility as to which days of the week candidates are available, but priority will be given to those who can work mornings from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and can be available more than two days a week.
Read the full job description here.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral History Education Fellowship
The Museum of the City of New York is seeking applications for the $25,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral History Education Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to all advanced (ABD) PhD candidates in American History, and closely related fields like American Studies, from any of the history doctoral programs in the New York City region who wish to gain valuable hands-on experience and who have completed their course work and have an approved proposal for their dissertation. The Fellows will spend two days a week at the Museum and will enhance and expand educational activities now underway at the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center while receiving training in the field of public history and museum education. Applications are due on March 1. Three Fellows will be selected to be in residence at the Museum of the City of New York for fourteen months beginning the following July, during which time they will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship
The Museum seeks applications from recent PhDs in the fields of urban history, American Studies, architectural history, or related fields who wish to gain hands-on experience in curatorial work and to pursue an independent research project related to the Museum of the City of New York’s collections or programs. The selected Fellow will be in residence at the Museum for a two-year period beginning in September 2016, during which time he or she will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum, including but not limited to collections handling, cataloging, and planning; exhibition development and implementation; educational work related to the Museum’s public and school audiences; and collaborating on budgeting, marketing, and donor relations in the areas related to the Fellow’s research and expertise. The Fellow will also be expected to complete an independent research project related to the Museum’s collections and/or mission, which will culminate in the development and production of an exhibition, publication, or website based on the research conducted during the period of residency. Compensation starts at $52,000 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, project development, and relocation.
The Museum offers a variety of fall, spring, and summer internships for college and graduate students. Acceptance into the internship program is based on academic achievement, interests, experience, and availability. Applications are rolling, but follow a semester timeline. Time commitments are flexible and dependent on the Museum’s needs. All internships are unpaid.
Internships are available in the following departments:
The City Museum seeks an intern to assist in special event and development efforts who is passionate about the arts, and eager to gain real world experience working in a New York City cultural institution. The Special Event intern will work with the Associate Director and Director of Special Events on a variety of efforts such as prospect research and database entry, and will also enjoy opportunities to assist with exclusive events, such as, luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners. Additional activities include assistance with pre and post event logistics including gift bag preparation, invitation and letter mailings, and filing.
Special Events Internship: Description can be accessed here.
The Theater Collection at the Museum of the City of New York documents theatrical activity in New York City from the late 18th century to the present day. Tracing the relationship between New York City and the theater, collection holdings include: design renderings, posters and window cards, theatrical personalities files, sheet music, a Yiddish theater collection, and 17,000 folders documenting all the major productions of Broadway. This is an archives internship for graduate students currently enrolled in Library Science Masters programs.
Theater Collection, Archives Internship: Description can be accessed here.
The Membership intern will work with the Membership Manager on a variety of efforts such as membership fulfillment and database entry, and will also enjoy opportunities to assist with exclusive member events, such as curator tours and exhibition opening receptions. Additional activities include assistance with membership renewals, drives, and cultivation.
Membership Internship: Description can be accessed here.
Development seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has an interest in fund raising. The intern will assist with researching prospective foundation, corporate, and individual donors; coordinating special events; filing, data entry, and other administrative tasks. Candidates should have good presentation, research, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, with some evenings required; a minimum of two days per week is preferred.
Public Programs seeks an intern who is currently enrolled in college or graduate school to assist with all aspects of Museum programming. A passion for New York City history, cultural life, urban planning, architecture and design, and event planning is required. Please review current and past public programs on our website. Candidates must adhere to deadlines and demonstrate strong writing, interpersonal and social media skills. Duties include conducting research, ticket processing and customer service, networking and outreach, assisting with set-up, check-in, and audio-visual equipment. Hours during the week are flexible, but occasional evening availability is necessary.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center at the Museum offers programs that help children learn about New York City and their place in it. The Center provides a rich mix of lessons and hands-on activities, semester-long programs that explore East Harlem's evolving neighborhood, and a citywide history competition that encourages independent student research. Interns are needed to work on different projects throughout the year to support Saturday Academy, NYC History Day, Professional Development, and general administrative needs.
Education Marketing Internship: Description can be accessed here.
Graphic Design seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school for Graphic Design. The candidate will assist the Senior Graphic Designer with layout and production of internal and external projects, both online and print, and will assist in updating the Museum's website. Knowledge of Adobe's Creative Suite is required and a familiarity with web technologies is a plus. Candidates should have good communication, organization, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of ten hours per week is preferred.
The Museum’s IT Department is currently looking for student interns to learn and assist with integrating technology into a business infrastructure. Applicants must be flexible in availability, with a minimum commitment of 12 to 16 hours per week.
Information Technology Internship: Description can be accessed here.
Marketing & Communications
The Museum seeks interns currently attending college or graduate school to assist with all aspects of promoting the Museum, including audience development, media research, campaign design, social media marketing, digital advertising, event planning, media tracking, data reporting and analysis, and some administrative tasks. The ideal candidate is creative, energetic, detail-oriented, passionate about the arts, and eager to gain real world experience working in marketing and public relations at a New York City cultural institution. Responsibilities will include research and other tasks, and the opportunity to complete one to three special projects designed to enhance a professional portfolio. Applicants must be willing to commit to 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months. A flexible work schedule is available.
Marketing & Communications Internship: Description can be accessed here.
Volunteering for the City Museum provides an opportunity to contribute valuable services to a non-profit institution, while promoting the Museum’s mission to educate the public about New York City, its heritage and continual transformation.
Qualified candidates should possess a passion for what the city has to offer and an appreciation of its distinctive character and diversity. A flexible attitude, reliability, computer, and internet skills are critical. Volunteering at the City Museum requires a one-year commitment and a minimum availability of six hours each month or 60 hours annually. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
We will contact applicants with the required skills and interests as volunteer opportunities become available in the following areas:
Handles visitor inquiries. Minimum one 2-hour shift per week.
Provides free gallery tours for the public. Requires a commitment to developing proficiency about the Museum’s collection and new exhibitions. Commitment to ongoing training and personal and professional interaction with the public is required.
*Applicants must submit a completed volunteer application and resume to be considered.
How to Apply
To apply for an open full-time or part-time position, qualified individuals can send their resume with cover letter and salary range to the attention of Human Resources at email@example.com (preferred method) or mail to Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
To apply for a fellowship, please submit the requested materials to the contact person as listed in the full job description above.
To apply for an internship, please submit a completed internship application, resume, cover letter, and any other relevant materials to:
Coordinator of Internship Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualified applications must send a completed volunteer application and resume, along with any relevant materials, to:
Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, email@example.com