Jobs, Interns, and Volunteers

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 is committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as New York City and the audiences who are curious about learning more about its history and engaging in contemporary urban issues. Our staff members are dedicated to working towards a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring city museum in the world.

The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the Museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, political/personal convictions, predisposing genetic characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, geographic location, philosophies, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws, in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off, and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. All employment-related decisions are based solely on relevant criteria including training, experience, and suitability.


Vice President, Education and Engagement

As the Museum of the City of New York approaches its 2023 centennial year, we seek a Vice President of Education and Engagement to provide leadership and strategic direction for the creation and enhancement of dynamic programming that explores the unique historic and contemporary issues New York City faces and the complexity of how the decisions we make today impact our city’s future.
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Director, Communications

The Museum’s Marketing & Communications Department is responsible for raising the organization’s visibility and promoting visiting the Museum. The Director of Communications plays a crucial role in that effort with a wide range of responsibilities for media relations, public relations, and additional marketing. The position reports to the Vice President for Marketing and Communications.
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Human Resources Manager

The Museum of the City of New York is seeking a smart, highly organized, hardworking, detail‐oriented, energetic, and experienced Human Resources Manager. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, this position is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the human resource function.
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Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator plays a support role in that effort with a wide range of responsibilities for media relations, public relations, additional marketing, paid media and administrative tasks. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Marketing and Communications with a dotted line to the Director of Communications.
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IT Systems Administrator

The Museum of the City of New York is seeking a part‐time (21 hour a week) Systems Administrator to provide technical support for the oversight of the applications and databases used by the Collections Department. The IT Manager serves as the database administrator for the Collections Management System (CMS) and the Digital Asset Management system (DAMS), and is responsible for the proper storage, back‐up, and integrity of digital archives of collections objects. The IT Systems Administrator report to the Vice President, Museum Collections, and works in close collaboration with the Director of IT to provide general IT support to the Collections Department.
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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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Museum Scholar Tour Guides 

The Museum of the City of New York seeks applications from masters and Ph.D. candidates, post‐doctoral researchers, and early‐career academics interested in gaining experience in public history to provide private tours as Museum Scholars to visiting groups including college/university students, international visitors, senior groups, professional organizations, and alumni associations.
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Saturday Academy Instructor

The Museum of the City of New York with funding from the Charina Endowment Fund, seeks educators to teach history electives in its Saturday Academy program, which offers free classes for students in grades 8 – 12 interested in history or SAT Preparation.
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Visitor Services Associate – Part Time Position

The Museum seeks an enthusiastic and outgoing part time Visitor Services Associate to join the Visitor Services and Retail team. The ideal candidate should be well rounded and organized and must possess excellent communicative, interpersonal, and computer skills, with the ability to juggle multiple and diverse assignments. They will have experience working in a department office in a cultural institution, proven track record of working in a fast‐paced environment, and proven success in a customer service role.
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Part‐Time Museum Attendant Guard

The Museum Attendant Guard is responsible for the safety and security of the Museum’s staff, visitors, objects, and of the building and other physical property. The Museum Attendant Guard is also responsible to assist in the regular cleaning of exhibition areas, of the Museum’s buildings and property including private and public spaces, courtyards and sidewalks, as directed, and in the overall daily operations of services to the public and to Museum staff and other personnel. This position must be available to work weekends and be available to work overtime.
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Predoctoral Fellowship in History Education

The Museum of the City of New York seeks applications from scholars‐in‐training who wish to gain valuable hands‐on experience in public history and teaching by serving as a Predoctoral Fellow in History Education. Through this teaching fellowship, Fellows enhance and expand educational activities now underway at the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center while receiving training in the fields of public history and museum education. The Schwarz Center welcomes over 50,000 students, teachers, and community members each year.

The Fellowship is open to advanced (ABD) PhD candidates in fields relating to the programs and exhibitions of the Museum of the City of New York. See below for full eligibility requirements. Fellows will be in residence at the Museum for two days a week for 12 months, September 2020‐August 2021, during which time they will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum.

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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:


American Art Collections Internship  

The Museum of the City of New York seeks graduate student interns to assist the American Art Specialist with various Decorative Arts, Furniture, Paintings, and Sculpture Collections projects currently underway at the Museum’s offsite collections facility, located in Brooklyn. Tasks will include collections storage re-organization, collections inventory and assessment, condition reporting, object cataloging, metadata recording, and processing. The intern will become familiar with the Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO) data content standard and established museum best practices for the care of diverse media and object types. 

American Art Collections Internship : Description can be accessed here.

Digital Projects Intern

The Digital Projects Intern role is a researcher, storyteller, and project manager all in one. This role would be an apprenticeship under the Vice President, Marketing Communications. The project helps with the expansion and awareness of the Museum of the City of New York’s brand and digital footprint by identifying, curating, and marketing our exhibitions and collections in digital applications (apps, online channels) that reaches both our on-site visitors and digital community.

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Graphic Design 

Graphic Design seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school for Graphic Design. The candidate will assist the Design Director and Design Team with layout and production of digital and print projects and exhibition design. Knowledge of Adobe's Creative Suite is required and illustration skills are 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.

Information Technology 

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 Intern

The Museum seeks a creative and energetic Marketing and Communications intern who is passionate about the arts and eager to gain real world experience working in public relations and marketing at a New York City cultural institution. The Marketing & Communications Internship is an unpaid position.

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Public Programs Internship

The Public Programs Department is seeking an intern to join a professional, fast-paced work environment and assist with all aspects of Museum programming for adults. The intern should be either currently enrolled in college or graduate school or a recent graduate and have a passion for New York City history, cultural life, urban planning, architecture and design, and event planning.

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If you are interested in volunteering with the Museum of the City of New York, please fill out this application form. You may send the completed form to Volunteer applicants must be available to serve as a Museum Greeter at least one weekend out of the month, in addition to their other assignments.Your application will be processed and you will be contacted for an interview as opportunities become available. We regret that we are unable to accommodate all who apply.


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 (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

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