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
Andrew W. Mellon 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 of the City of New York for a two-year period beginning in September 2014 or January 2015, 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.
The full description and eligibility requirements are available here.
Download the application here.
21st Century Gallery Project Director
The Museum of the City of New York seeks a Project Director for a major installation about the future of New York City. The 21st Century Gallery, scheduled to open in early 2016 as part of the Museum’s new core exhibition, will engage visitors in considering contemporary and future New York in the context of the city’s 350-year history, specifically the core qualities that have shaped the city over time. The Project Director will work as part of a team of curators, researchers, scholars, museum staff, and outside design consultants including Cooper Joseph Studio and Local Projects to develop an engaging and relevant visitor experience. The installation will use data visualizations, interactives, and image/artifact installations to explore the issues facing the city over the next two generations, setting these issues in historical and international perspective. Topics will include New York’s built environment, urban density, social and economic fabric, and sustainability
This is a temporary (1-2 year) fulltime position and begins immediately. 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:
Accounting seeks an intern currently attending college to assist with day-to-day accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, and organization of the Museum's recording of in-kind services, as well as Human Resources projects. Candidates must be able to take initiative, be detail-oriented, have excellent computer skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a team structure. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of two days per week is preferred.
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.
Graphics 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.
Visitor Services and Retail
Visitor Services and Retail seeks a high energy, motivated intern with excellent customer service experience and a personable and positive attitude. The candidate would be responsible for day-to-day functions in the Museum Shop and at the Admissions Desk. Key duties include but are not limited to assisting visitors with general questions and admissions transactions, promoting and processing sales in the Shop, taking phone orders, processing online orders and fulfilling shipments, maintaining the cleanliness of the Shop, Admissions and Information Desks, prepare deposits and balance registers, and other duties as assigned.
*All applicants must submit a completed internship application, resume, cover letter, and other relevant materials. We are unable to offer assistance with housing, visas or work permits.
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 four hours each month or 40 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 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 an internship, please submit a completed internship application, resume, cover letter, and any other relevant materials to:
Mary McGlynn, 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:
Mary McGlynn, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, email@example.com