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 Special Events
The City Museum seeks a Director of Special Events to serve as a senior member of the Museum’s fundraising team and to direct events that are recognized highlights of the city’s social calendar. This position is responsible for the development of event leadership, all production and event logistics, and the creation and distribution of all event materials. The Director will also develop budgets and report on actual income and expense performance on a regular basis for benefit events. As time allows, the position will also support logistics for the Museum’s other cultivation events and Museum openings. The Director of Special Events manages the Special Events Coordinator, who assists on all fundraising events.
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Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship
The City 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’s collections or programs. The selected Fellow will be in residence at the Museum of the City of New York for a two-year period beginning in September 2015.
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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.
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.
U.S. History Regents Prep Assistant Educator
We are currently seeking an educator to co-teach the course and focus on helping students develop their skills on the document-based questions and writing sections of the exam. Educators must be available from 3:30 – 6:00 pm on Monday – Thursday (March – May). This course will be offered in 2 sections— Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday. We will consider educators for either one or both sections.
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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:
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 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 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