• Jobs, Internships, and Volunteering

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 is seeking an experienced Director of External Affairs to lead its continued expansion as a leading cultural institution in New York City with international impact. This position provides a unique opportunity to work at a premier cultural institution, alongside the museum’s Board of Trustees, donors, and staff to strengthen the organization for the future. Download full job description

Assistant Manager, Institutional Giving

The Rubin seeks an Assistant Manager, Institutional Giving to work closely with Museum staff to cultivate, expand, and steward institutional donor relationships (foundation, corporate, government) and to develop, implement and maintain records for the Rubin Museum’s fundraising strategies, its exhibitions, public programs and education initiatives to meet its funding needs. Download full job description

Box Office & Programming Assistant (Part-Time)

The part-time Box Office & Programming Assistant provides high-quality ticket sales service and general information to the public on weekends, holidays, and on an as needed basis. Download full job description

Curator, Exhibitions

In addition to a general knowledge of the arts of Asia, the Curator, Exhibitions must have a demonstrated track record of developing (or overseeing the development of) exhibitions of complex and/or little-understood subject matter designed to attract diverse audiences at varying levels of interest and understanding. Download full job description

Curatorial Assistant

The Curatorial Assistant will provide overall administrative support to the Curatorial department. Download full job description

Coordinator of Visitor Experience and Admissions

The Coordinator will directly oversee all of the front desk operations to ensure that every visitor receives exceptional customer service, reception and an enhanced engagement experience into the Museum’s offerings. 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

Exhibition Design Intern

Performs design-related drawing and inventory using Vector Works 2012 software and Microsoft Excel. 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

Adult and Academic Programs Intern

Assists with adult education and college courses taught at the Museum by providing administrative assistance, serving as a monitor for classes, and assisting with outreach to university communities. Learn more

School Programs Intern (In-school Focus)

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. Learn more

School Programs Intern (In-gallery Focus)

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

Film Programming Intern

Assists with a variety of departmental needs in its production of ongoing film series. Learn more

Public Programs Intern

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

Institutional Giving Intern

Works directly with the Institutional Giving team on all matters related to fundraising for the Museum. 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

Access Programs and Community Outreach Intern

Assists with the creation and implementation of programs for non-traditional audiences and visitors with disabilities. 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 2015 Internships

How to Apply for Internships

Applicants are encouraged to apply for up to three internships. 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.

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 9

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

Academic Year (September through May): July 1

Summer 2015 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