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
Director of Digital Technology, New York at its Core Exhibition
The City Museum seeks a full-time Director of Digital Technology for a major installation scheduled to open in 2016. The Director of Digital Technology will lead the Museum’s team in work with consultants on the conceptualization and shaping of the technology systems, establish guidelines for the design and specifications of hardware and software, and oversee the installation and ongoing operations, content updates, and maintenance of the various audio-visual, interactive technologies, and mobile/app technologies employed in the exhibition. View the full job description and requirements here.
Research Assistant, Full Time/Temporary
The City Museum is seeking a full-time Research Assistant for a major installation about the future of New York City scheduled to open in 2016. The job will entail supporting curatorial staff by conducting online and archival research as well as soliciting information from relevant experts and presenting that information to the curatorial and design team. Strong writing skills and facility with quantitative research methods, census data, and data management are required. View the full job description here.
Part-time Coordinator for the Pre-Doctoral History Education Fellowship
The City Museum seeks applications from individuals with a Masters Degree in Education/Educational Leadership or Museum Education/Museum Leadership to plan, implement, and evaluate a Museum Education training program for three predoctoral History Education Fellows working in the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center at the City Museum. While the Fellows will strengthen education programs using their expertise of content and research methodologies, the first part of their fourteen-month Fellowship will be a two-month training program to teach them techniques in museum education, pedagogy for working with students of all ages, teachers and families in a museum setting, curriculum and lesson planning for museum education programs, and the logistics of creating and implementing education programs in a museum setting. Read the full job description here.
Pre-Doctoral History Education Fellowship
The City Museum seeks applications from historians-in-training in the fields of American history (and closely related fields like American Studies) who wish to gain valuable hands-on experience. Three Fellows will be selected to be in residence at the Museum of the City of New York for fourteen-months beginning in July 2015, during which time they will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum. Read the full job description here.
We are currently seeking per diem educators to provide interactive experiences for school children drawing from the Museum’s exhibitions, photography collection, and through the use of digital cameras. This position involves teaching two educational initiatives—co-teaching a 6-session afterschool course that meets every Wednesday in April/May at 3:45 pm, and a field trip for visiting school children offered on specific days in the mornings and early afternoons. Read the full job description here.
Per Diem Educator: Museum-based programs
The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center serves over 43,000 children and adults each school year through fieldtrips, afterschool programs, family programs and professional development. 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.
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:
Collections seeks interns for different types of work, including archives, collections management, exhibitions, and registration. Candidates should be enrolled in a Master's Program in Museum Studies, Library Science, Art History, or other relevant field, and have strong organizational skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented; experience handling objects is a plus. Candidates should indicate one or more departmental preferences: Costumes & Textiles; Furniture & Decorative Art; Photographs, Prints & Drawings; Paintings & Sculpture; Theater; Manuscripts & Ephemera; Collections Management; or Registration. Interns must be available at least two full days per week.
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 evening and weekend 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.
Communications & Marketing
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, and data reporting and analysis. The ideal candidate is creative, energetic, detail-oriented, passionate about the arts, and eager to gain real world experience working in public relations at a New York City cultural institution. Responsibilities will include administrative 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.
Communications & Marketing 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method) or mail to Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
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 email@example.com
Qualified applications must send a completed volunteer application and resume, along with any relevant materials, to:
Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org