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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

Director of External Affairs

The Rubin has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) to assist on this important recruitment. All correspondence regarding the opportunity, including confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations, must be sent directly to FPS:, 212-924-3727. The complete position profile can be viewed at Please note that the Rubin will not acknowledge any responses or applications.

Head or Manager of Institutional Giving

Reporting to the Director of External Affairs, the Head or Manager of Institutional Giving will lead the museum’s efforts in deepening and broadening support from government, foundations and the corporate sector and create an organized strategy to research, write, solicit and cultivate continued funding opportunities. Download full job description

Admissions & Engagement Associate

Reporting to the Assistant Manager of Interpretation & Engagement, the Admissions & Engagement Associate serves as the first point-of-contact with Museum visitors, staffing the front desk and coat check areas, conducting daily admissions transactions, and actively encouraging participation in Museum activities with a view to increasing revenue, memberships and repeat visits. The incumbent must have a fluent knowledge of exhibition and program content. Download full job description

Senior Sales Associate, The Shop

Reporting to the Manager, the Senior Sales Associate position includes all components of retail activities including administrative procedures and visual merchandising. The incumbent will also be required to supervise part-time staff, interns and volunteers. This position also requires a flexible work week schedule and the ability to work on weekends as needed. Download full job description

Education Coordinator, School and Family Programs, PT

The Education Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative support for all School and Family Program initiatives. Download full job description

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 Intern

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 Intern

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 Intern

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

Library Intern

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

Collections Management Intern

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

Educational Resources Intern

Works closely with Interpretive Materials coordinator to create and manage educational materials for internal and external use.  Learn More

Programs and Academic Internship   

The Programs and Academic intern assists with a variety of departmental needs in its production of lectures, gallery programs, films and adult workshops. The intern will be involved in three distinct areas of work: 1) Event production, 2) Program administration, and 3) Research and writing relating to future events. He/she may also have specific projects to spearhead during their time here depending on interests, skill set, and availability. 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   

School Programs Intern 

Works with the School Programs team to support the planning, organization, and implementation of a wide range of programs for K-12 students and teachers here at the Museum. Learn more

Family Programs Intern

Helps plan and assist in the teaching of one or more ongoing weekly programs. Learn more

Interpretation Research and Administration Intern

Works with the Manager of Visitor Experience and Access Programs to research Himalayan art and culture as well as upcoming exhibitions in support of a rigorous staff and volunteer training program. Learn more

Public Programs Intern

Assists with a variety of departmental needs in its production of performances, concerts, talks, and events. Learn more

Communications/Media Relations Intern

Performs functions critical to communicating the Rubin Museum’s mission and offerings to members of the media, as well as assisting with digital outreach via social media channels. Learn more

Web Content and Digital Media Intern

Assists with the preparation and production of video content for online distribution. Learn more

Publications Intern

Coordinates image acquisition, bibliographic integration, manuscript approval stages, and other tasks related to upcoming publications. 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 2016 Internships

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 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): September 1

Spring Semester (January through May): November 27

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

Academic Year (September through May): July 1

Summer 2016 ARTS Intern

The Museum will be offering an internship through ARTS Intern, a program of Studio in a School, for the summer of 2015. 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