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.
Social Media Manager
The Museum seeks a Social Media Manager to join the Marketing team. The ideal candidate should have deep experience in social media and be passionate about arts, culture, history, and current events. He or she will have experience working in a cultural institution, digital, or public relations firm, and a proven track record of building and engaging audiences.
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The Museum seeks a Digital Producer to join the Marketing team. The ideal candidate should be energetic, a problem-solver and well-organized. He or she must possess excellent project management and writing skills as well as the ability to juggle multiple and diverse assignments with departmental stakeholders.
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American Art Specialist
The Museum seeks a part-time American Art Specialist to oversee the intellectual and physical control of the Museum’s furniture, decorative arts, paintings, and sculpture collections, which date from to the 17th century to the present. The American Art Specialist will continue ongoing assessments and work to develop a collecting plan in support of the Museum’s mission for all areas.
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Per Diem Educator
The Museum seeks Per Diem Educators to join the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center to provide interactive experiences for school children about New York City’s past, present, and future that are interdisciplinary and bring together history, art, and STEM connections in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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Saturday Academy Instructor
The Museum, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funding from the Charina Endowment Fund, seeks Saturday Academy instructors to join the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center to teach electives in American history in either the fall or spring semesters.
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Visitor Services and Retail Associate
The Museum seeks a part-time Visitor Services and Retail Sales Associate who is a dynamic and outgoing individual who displays superior customer service skills and is enthusiastic about the mission of the organization. Visitor Services staff are the first contact the public has with the institution and play an invaluable role in defining the tone of each visitors’ experience.
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Museum Scholar Tour Guides
The Museum of the City of New York is recruiting Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and early-career academics interested in gaining experience in public history to provide tours as Museum Scholars to visiting groups including college/university students, foreign tourists, seniors, professional organizations, and alumni associations.
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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 Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking graduate student interns interested in an archives internship. Interns will work alongside either the Collections Access Archivist with the Museum’s Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection or the Theater Archivist with the Theater Collection. Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, conducting condition assessments, collection processing, and/or writing finding aids. Interns may assist with the Museum’s ongoing projects to catalog and digitize the collections, as needed. Projects will vary according to an individual’s skill set and interests.
Archives Internship: Description can be accessed here.
Theater Collection: Description can be accessed here.
The Museum seeks a Geographic Information Systems Apprentice to assist the Curatorial team on the development of maps for the Future City Lab, which opened in November 2016 as part of the permanent exhibition New York at Its Core. This is an ideal internship for someone who wishes to develop GIS skills and apply them to a project with wide visibility, as the apprentice will receive training in the use of GIS software and analysis.
GIS Apprenticeship: 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.
The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center at the Museum seeks a creative, energetic Education Intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has a background and interest in fashion and/or photography. The intern will assist with materials preparation and maintenance, image uploading, digital file maintenance, and hands-on activities with students. The intern may also assist with outreach for afterschool and camp programs as needed. Candidates should be interested in working with elementary and middle school age students and possess excellent communication skills. Time commitment is flexible, but must be available in the afternoon on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, March through June.
Education Internship: Description can be accessed here.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education 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.
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.
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.
Public Programs Internship: Description can be accessed here.
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.
Third Party Events
The Museum of the City of New York is seeking a Third Party Events Intern who will work with the Director of Event Sales and Event Coordinator to assist in generating earned revenue by effectively marketing and selling the Museum’s magnificent indoor and outdoor spaces for external events. The Third Party Events Intern will assist in tracking and responding to client inquiries, assisting in the planning of the events at the Museum, and working on projects such as data analysis, database uploads, etc. Typical external events at the Museum are corporate functions, charity galas, weddings, and fashion shows. Responsibilities may include staffing events, creating timelines, organizing vendor schedules, load-ins, set-ups, etc.
Third Party Events 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. Please note that Docent tour guides are selected from the volunteer pool, and must have served with the Museum for a minimum of one year before being considered.
*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