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Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Rubin Museum. Browse below for current full- and part-time positions as well as internships and volunteer opportunities, including the Museum’s docent program.


Employment Opportunities

There are no employment opportunities at this time. 

The Rubin Museum of Art is an equal-opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its staff. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are able to contact only those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.


Internship opportunities

The Rubin Museum of Art offers semester-long internships to qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in the following areas: education, programming, communications, publications, and human resources. In addition to assigned projects, interns have the opportunity to learn more about the museum field through group activities that include trips to cultural institutions, brown-bag lunch discussions with staff members, and career development workshops.

General Curatorial Internship

Performs research and provides support for curatorial work and upcoming exhibitions that focus predominantly on Himalayan art and material culture. Learn more

Tibetan Language Curatorial Internship

Performs research, occasionally in the Tibetan language, and provides support for curatorial work and upcoming exhibitions that focus specifically on Himalayan art.  Learn more

South Asian Art Curatorial Internship

Performs research and provides support for curatorial work for upcoming exhibitions that focus specifically on South Asian art.  Learn more

Library Intern Curatorial Internship

Works in the Museum’s library maintaining the library database system, cataloging, ordering books and maintaining library organization  Learn more

Collections Management Internship

Works closely with staff on various projects that may include updating object records in the Museum database and shadowing registrars in the galleries during the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions.      Learn more

Digital Engagement Internship

The Digital Engagement Intern helps the Marketing and Communications team develop content for the Museum’s social media channels and execute strategies to increase the Museum’s effectiveness in the digital arena. The intern will play a role in monitoring the Museum’s digital communities and work with other members of the Communications team to develop strategies to increase engagement. Learn More

Education and Engagement Internship

The Education and Engagement Intern will work with the Manager of Docent and Access Programs to research Himalayan art and culture as well as upcoming exhibitions in support of our team of staff and docent educators. .  Learn More

Education: Audience Engagement and Evaluation Internship

 Intern will work with the Manager of Manager of Interpretation & Engagement to support, the planning, organizing, conceptualizing and implementing a wide range of educational resources for both internal staff and Rubin Museum visitors.  Learn more

Education: Access and Community Outreach Internship

 The Access & Community Outreach Intern will assist with the creation and implementation of museum programs for non-traditional audiences and visitors with disabilities. The intern would research existing programs at other institutions and serve as a liaison, providing outreach to community and cultural centers in New York City.   Learn more

Education: School Programs Internship

The School Programs intern will work with the School Programs team to support the planning, organization, and implementation of a wide range of programs for K-12 students. He or she will also support the Visitor Experience Department and other staff members and volunteers who lead K-12 Thematic Tours. Learn More

Education: Family Programs Internship

The Family Programs Intern will help plan and assist in the teaching of one or more ongoing weekly programs. Tasks include: Coordinating and teaching Family Programs workshops, assisting with studio and office management, materials preparation, curriculum development, outreach and research. Learn more

Education: Family Events Internship

 This intern will work in the Education Department and also work closely with the Special Events Department. The intern will work on our Museum Family Events including the Educator Open House, Losar New Year Celebration, the annual Block Party, and related events as needed. Duties include attending planning meetings, developing projects that tie into the themes, working within a budget, ordering supplies, marketing events and supervising volunteers. Learn more

Education: Math and Mandalas Internship

Math and Mandalas is a program for NYCDOE Title 1 schools. Students will explore the mandala, through the lens of mathematics. Over three 90-minute sessions students will learn printmaking techniques and apply mathematical concepts to the art-making process to create their own printed mandalas. The program supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and makes cross-curricular connections to social studies, ELA and art. Learn more

Education: Family Sunday Community Engagement Internship

The roll of this intern is to be a liaison between the Museum and community groups. The Family Sunday Community Engagement Intern, will work onsite every Sundays engaging families and members of the Himalayan Community during the Family Sunday Program. This intern will work offsite once a week to engage with different communities, show them some examples of art from the museum and introduce them to the Sunday program.  Learn more

Education: Interpretation & Research Internship

The Interpretation Research Internship will work with the Head of Interpretation and Engagement to research interpretation strategies for upcoming exhibitions in Himalayan art and modern and contemporary art. Learn more

Exhibition Management Internship

The Exhibitions Management Intern would assist with a wide variety of exhibitions related tasks.The intern would be involved in distinctive areas of exhibition management administration including but not limited to (1) Exhibitions Archive, (2) Exhibitions Schedules and Record Keeping and (3) Traveling Exhibitions database. Learn More

Film Programs Internship

The Film Programs intern assists with all film screenings, including Cabaret Cinema, film premiers and weekend film screenings.The intern will research film guest speakers, develop thematic film series in relation to Rubin exhibitions and host some film events. Learn more

Public Relations and Marketing Internship

PR and Marketing interns perform functions critical to communicating the Rubin Museum’s mission and offerings to Museum visitors and members of the media. The intern will work with the Communications team to help develop marketing strategies and execute various initiatives, both digital and on-site, to engage Museum community members. Interns will learn about institutional voice, communications strategies, media relations best practices, digital engagement, and the role of a communications department. Learn more

Publications Database Intern

Works on a large-scale research project to identify all publications of our collection, record those venues, and secure a copy of the publication and/or reproduction. Learn more

Himalayan Heritage Group Outreach Intern

Assists in building and maintaining relationships with various community groups and organizations, maintains and expands the Museum’s contact database, and provides administrative and artistic support for hosted events as well as a creative voice in their planning and execution. Learn more

Full List of Current Internship Listings

   Summer 2017 Internships - Full Descriptions (Download PDF)

How to Apply for Internships

Applicants may apply to multiple internships individually. Please write a one-page cover letter which specifies (1) the internships for which you are applying, (2) your relevant qualifications, (3) your interest in the Rubin Museum of Art, and (4) your availability (days/times). Please email your resume and cover letter to volunteersandinterns@rubinmuseum.org. No phone calls please.Please put the internship you are applying to in the subject line of your email.

Due to the high volume of applications for internships, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

In the event you are not accepted for an internship, please resend your application materials again for the following term.

Deadlines for Internship Applications

Fall Semester (September through December): July 31

Spring Semester (January through May): November 27

Summer (mid-May through mid-August): April 15

Academic Year (September through May): July 31

Summer 2017 ARTS Intern

The Museum will be offering an internship through ARTS Intern, a program of Studio in a School, for the summer of 2017. The ARTS Intern program places college undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at New York City museums. Eligible applicants must show a financial need and must either be New York City residents or be enrolled in a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Rubin Museum offers volunteers the opportunity to gain exposure to the workings of an art museum and to contribute services to various departments within the Museum. Candidates must be willing to make a long-term commitment to serve as a Rubin Museum volunteer and should have an interest in Himalayan art or museums, a flexible attitude toward working with others, and an understanding that reliability is important. Learn more