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
Curatorial Associate, Full Time/Temporary
The Museum seeks an experienced Curatorial Associate for a one-year, full-time position. The Curatorial Associate helps to organize and implement temporary exhibitions and associated projects, including publications and websites. He or she also works to support the Museum's curators and guest curators by providing project management and assistance. Tasks include organizing object lists; managing budgets; securing rights and reproductions; exhibition text review, editing, and production; managing relationships with consultants such as exhibition and graphic designers; and coordinating activities with other museum departments, including scheduling interdepartmental meetings with exhibition team members. Additionally the Curatorial Assistant helps with day-to-day functions of the curatorial department, supporting the Chief Curator and curatorial staff by performing general office duties.
Qualifications: Masters degree in Museum Studies or a related field; extensive hands-on experience in managing complex projects, ideally in a museum setting, and excellent computer skills, especially fluency with Excel. The ideal candidate is collegial, self-motivated, and highly detail-oriented, with an ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative environment. Excellent research and writing skills are necessary, and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously is imperative.
Research Assistant, Full Time/Temporary
The Museum of the City of New York seeks a full-time Research Assistant for its upcoming exhibition New York at Its Core, which will offer visitors a view of New York City from its settlement as a Dutch Colony in 1609 to the questions that face it in the 21st century. The job will entail supporting curatorial staff by conducting object, image, and historical research online and in archival collections and presenting that research to the curatorial and design team. This is a full-time temporary position that will last 12 to 18 months.
View 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.
Per Diem Educator: School-based programs
The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center serves over 43,000 children and adults each school year. In 2014-15, we’re piloting a school-based archaeology program for Brooklyn schools. We are currently seeking a per diem educator to provide interactive experiences using real archaeological objects from 19th century Brooklyn. Programming will take place in elementary and middle schools throughout Brooklyn. Programs will be offered to schools Monday through Friday during the school day. Candidates must be flexible with their availability to accommodate schools’ requests. Read the full job description here.
Part-time Administrator and Museum Educator
The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center at the Museum serves over 43,000 children and adults each school year through fieldtrips, afterschool programs, family programs and professional development. We are currently seeking a part-time educator to teach school groups to a wide ranging audience (from kindergarten to high school) and assist with a variety of administrative tasks to support other enrichment programs offered by The Children’s Center. Candidates must be able to work 25 hours a week, including some Saturdays each semester. Priority will be given to those who have flexible schedules. 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:
Mary McGlynn, Coordinator of Internship Programs at email@example.com
Qualified applications must send a completed volunteer application and resume, along with any relevant materials, to:
Mary McGlynn, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org