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    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 of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging diversity and welcoming applicants of all backgrounds.


    Director of Communications and Marketing

    The overriding mission of the position of Director of Communications and Marketing is to stimulate awareness of the Museum via various tactics—media relations, both traditional and digital, marketing and advertising—to reach target audiences in the City, region, nation, and around the world.
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    Content Developer and Program Coordinator

    A part-time Content Developer and Program Coordinator is needed at the Museum of the City of New York for Education Programs associated with the New York at Its Core exhibition. The position will work with the Schwarz Education Center staff and the exhibition’s curatorial team to create the highest quality programming and materials that address Common Core Standards in ELA and Social Studies as well as STEM learning.
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    Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Education Fellowship

    The Museum seeks applications from advanced (ABD) PhD candidates in American History, Urban Studies, or fields relating to the collections and programs of the Museum who wish to gain valuable hands-on experience in public history and teaching. Three Fellows will be selected to be in residence at the Museum of the City of New York for two days a week for 14 months, beginning in July 2017 and ending in August 2018, during which time they will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum. Fellows will enhance the historical content of Schwarz Center programming by incorporating contemporary scholarship and diverse perspectives into tours, afterschool programs, and talks and workshops for New York City K-12 educators. In return, Fellows will receive training in the fields of public history and museum education and hone their public engagement skills, benefiting potential future work as professors or public history professionals. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States, have completed their course work, and have an approved proposal for their dissertation. 
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    FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship for Recent College Graduates

    The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship program is a two-year Fellowship program for recent college graduates designed to train future leaders in the education and youth development field and to strengthen high-quality youth-serving organizations. The Fellows will work within established youth development and educational organizations providing both direct service to youth as well as initiating new projects, research, or programs that may involve public policy, organizational replication or sustainability efforts, or other new initiatives to strengthen the host organization. At the same time, it is the Foundation’s hope that the Fellows receive experiences, training, and mentorship that launch them on successful careers as leaders in the youth development and educational field.
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    Museum Scholar Tour Guides 

    The Museum of the City of New York is recruiting Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and early-career academics interested in gaining experience in public history to provide tours as Museum Scholars to visiting groups including college/university students, foreign tourists, seniors, professional organizations, and alumni associations. 
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    Per Diem Educator: Museum based programs 

    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.
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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:



    The Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking graduate student interns interested in an archives internship. Interns will work alongside either the Collections Access Archivist with the Museum’s Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection or the Theater Archivist with the Theater Collection. Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, conducting condition assessments, collection processing, and/or writing finding aids. Interns may assist with the Museum’s ongoing projects to catalog and digitize the collections, as needed. Projects will vary according to an individual’s skill set and interests.

    Archives Internship: Description can be accessed here.

    Theater Collection description can be accessed here.


    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.

    Corporate Giving 

    The intern will assist the Corporate Giving Manager in her efforts to expand Corporate Membership and Corporate Sponsorship at the Museum. The intern will research prospective local membership opportunities, conduct prospect research, and, based on this research, develop corporate sponsorship decks. This position will benefit an intern who is interested in learning about the corporate giving landscape.

    Corporate Giving Internship: Description can be accessed here.


    The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center at the Museum seeks a creative, energetic Education Intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has a background and interest in fashion and/or photography. The intern will assist with materials preparation and maintenance, image uploading, digital file maintenance, and hands-on activities with students. The intern may also assist with outreach for afterschool and camp programs as needed. Candidates should be interested in working with elementary and middle school age students and possess excellent communication skills. Time commitment is flexible, but must be available in the afternoon on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, March through June.

    Education Internship: Description can be accessed here.

    Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education 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 

    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.

    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 

    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.


    The Membership intern will work with the Membership Manager on a variety of efforts such as membership fulfillment and database entry, and will also enjoy opportunities to assist with exclusive member events, such as curator tours and exhibition opening receptions. Additional activities include assistance with membership renewals, drives, and cultivation.

    Membership Internship: Description can be accessed here.

    Public Programs 

    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.

    Public Programs Internship: Description can be accessed here.

    Special Events 

    The City Museum seeks an intern to assist in special event and development efforts who is passionate about the arts, and eager to gain real world experience working in a New York City cultural institution. The Special Event intern will work with the Associate Director and Director of Special Events on a variety of efforts such as prospect research and database entry, and will also enjoy opportunities to assist with exclusive events, such as, luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners. Additional activities include assistance with pre and post event logistics including gift bag preparation, invitation and letter mailings, and filing.

    Special Events Internship: Description can be accessed here.

    Third Party Events

    The Museum of the City of New York is seeking a Third Party Events Intern who will work with the Director of Event Sales and Event Coordinator to assist in generating earned revenue by effectively marketing and selling the Museum’s magnificent indoor and outdoor spaces for external events. The Third Party Events Intern will assist in tracking and responding to client inquiries, assisting in the planning of the events at the Museum, and working on projects such as data analysis, database uploads, etc.  Typical external events at the Museum are corporate functions, charity galas, weddings, and fashion shows.  Responsibilities may include staffing events, creating timelines, organizing vendor schedules, load-ins, set-ups, etc.

    Third Party Events 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:

    Information desk 

    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. Please note that Docent tour guides are selected from the volunteer pool, and must have served with the Museum for a minimum of one year before being considered.

    *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 (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


    Qualified applications must send a completed volunteer application and resume, along with any relevant materials, to:

    Coordinator of Volunteer Programs,

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