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 is committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as New York City and the audiences who are curious about learning more about its history and engaging in contemporary urban issues. Our staff members are dedicated to working towards a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring city museum in the world.

The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the Museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, political/personal convictions, predisposing genetic characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, geographic location, philosophies, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws, in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off, and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. All employment-related decisions are based solely on relevant criteria including training, experience, and suitability.


Director of Venue Rentals

The person in this leadership position will report directly to the Chief Operating Office, have two direct reports, and will be responsible for generating earned revenue by effectively marketing and selling the Museum of the City of New York’s magnificent indoor and outdoor spaces for external events.  
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Communications Manager

The Museum’s Marketing & Communications Department works to raise the organization’s visibility and promote visiting the Museum. The Communications Manager plays a large role in that effort with a wide range of responsibilities for media relations, public relations, and additional marketing and paid media tasks. This position reports directly to the Director of Communications.
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Saturday Academy Instructor

The Museum, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funding from the Charina Endowment Fund, seeks Saturday Academy instructors to join the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center to teach electives in American history in either the fall or spring semesters.
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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

The Museum seeks Per Diem Educators to provide interactive experiences for school children about New York City’s past, present, and future that are interdisciplinary and bring together history, art, and STEM connections in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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Visitor Services Associate

The Museum seeks an enthusiastic and outgoing Visitor Services Associate to join the Visitor Services and Retail team. The ideal candidate should be well rounded and organized and must possess excellent communicative, interpersonal, and computer skills, with the ability to juggle multiple and diverse assignments. They will have experience working in a department office in a cultural institution, proven track record of working in a fast-paced environment, and proven success in a customer service role.
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Part-Time Event Bartender

The Part-Time Event Bartender reports to the Director of Venue Rentals. This position is responsible for welcoming guests, taking drink orders, making drink recommendations when needed, informing customers about beverages offered, handling cash, credit and debit transactions, ensuring charges are accurate, balancing the cash drawer, maintaining a clean work environment, adhering to all alcohol and food safety regulations, and adhering to all Museum rules and regulations.
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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in History Education

The Museum of the City of New York 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 for two days a week for 14 months, from July 2019 through August 2020. Applications due February 15, 2019.
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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:


American Art Collections Internship  

The Museum of the City of New York seeks graduate student interns to assist the American Art Specialist with various Decorative Arts, Furniture, Paintings, and Sculpture Collections projects currently underway at the Museum’s offsite collections facility, located in Brooklyn. Tasks will include collections storage re-organization, collections inventory and assessment, condition reporting, object cataloging, metadata recording, and processing. The intern will become familiar with the Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO) data content standard and established museum best practices for the care of diverse media and object types. 

American Art Collections Internship : Description can be accessed here.

Digital Projects Intern

The Digital Projects Intern role is a researcher, storyteller, and project manager all in one. This role would be an apprenticeship under the Vice President, Marketing Communications. The project helps with the expansion and awareness of the Museum of the City of New York’s brand and digital footprint by identifying, curating, and marketing our exhibitions and collections in digital applications (apps, online channels) that reaches both our on-site visitors and digital community.

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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.

Public Programs Internship

The Public Programs Department is seeking an intern to join a professional, fast-paced work environment and assist with all aspects of Museum programming for adults. The intern should be either currently enrolled in college or graduate school or a recent graduate and have a passion for New York City history, cultural life, urban planning, architecture and design, and event planning.

Public Programs Internship: Description can be accessed here.



The Museum of the City of New York is currently not accepting applications for volunteer positions. Please check back in with us this Summer, 2018.


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

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