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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 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.

Jobs

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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Retail Sales Associate

The Museum seeks an exceptionally customer service oriented sales associate for the Museum gift shops. This front-facing, fast-paced, and vibrant role requires the ability to wear many hats and display high levels of energy and positivity while taking part in carrying out the mission of the Museum.
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Part-Time Operating Engineer

The Part-Time Operating Engineer is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the chilled water plant, chillers with screw compressors, cooling towers, VFD’s, pumps, fans,VAV boxes, ventilation ducts, fan coil units and other related equipment.
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Visitor Services Assistant

The Museum seeks an enthusiastic and outgoing Visitor Services Assistant 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.
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Manager of Events and Beverages

The Museum seeks a Manager of Events and Beverages to join the Venue Rentals team. The ideal candidate should be energetic and organized and must possess excellent written, quantitative, and computer skills, with the ability to juggle multiple and diverse assignments.
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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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Temporary Internship Co-Coordinator 

The Museum seeks an Internship Coordinator from the beginning of March 2018 to the end of August 2018 to oversee 10 to 8 interns who will be selected from community based organizations committed to job training for young adults. 
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Fellowships

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 2018 through August 2019. Applications due March 7, 2018.
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Internships

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

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. 
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Collections & Traveling Exhibitions Intern  

The Museum seeks an intern to work with the Collections Department in conjunction with the traveling exhibitions program. The internship will begin immediately, and continue through the end of May. The internship requires a minimum commitment of one day a week. This internship will provide the opportunity to learn a great deal about museums across the nation and abroad, exposure to the logistics of traveling an exhibition, and will introduce the intern to hands-on skills needed to maintain exhibitions during installation.
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Development 

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.

Education

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.

Membership 

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.


 

Volunteers

 

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

Jobs 

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 jobs@mcny.org (preferred method) or mail to Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.

Fellowships

To apply for a fellowship, please submit the requested materials to the contact person as listed in the full job description above.

Internships

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 interncoordinator@mcny.org

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