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Apprentice Museum Educator Program

Apprentice Museum Educator Program

September 2020– May 2021

The Apprentice Museum Educator (AME) program at the Rubin Museum of Art provides practical skills to university students or recent graduates interested in future careers in the arts, programming, and museum education for school, family, and adult audiences. Participants develop an understanding of gallery teaching, facilitation of public programs, and museum administration.


  • September 2020- May 2021
  • Approximately 15 hours/week (3 days/week)

Please note this program will operate virtually this fall.

The AME program offers two tracks of focus: School & Family Programs and Adult Programs. Please note in your cover letter if you are interested in one or both areas.

Track 1: School & Family Programs

  • Assist with management of and act as liaison between educators and teaching artists.
  • Develop lesson plans and curriculums for Family Sundays programs.
  • Support production of annual family events including Losar (Himalayan New Year) and the Block Party.
  • Assist marketing initiatives for the department with web updates and e-mails.
  • Support K–12 programs, workshops, and tours.
  • Prepare materials and supplies for gallery programs, workshops, and tours.
  • General administrative support.
  • Attend educator trainings and learn about developing gallery tours.

Track 2: Adult Programs

  • Assist and support virtual public programs..
  • Research ideas for future programs.
  • Correspond with artists, speakers, and presenters.
  • Provide general administrative support.
  • Attend educator trainings and learn about developing gallery tours.

Skills and qualifications

  • Junior/senior in college, graduate student, or recent graduate preferably studying art education, museum studies, or related field.
  • Must have strong organizational skills. Attention to detail is necessary.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently.
  • An interest in South Asian, Indo-Tibetan, or Himalayan studies also desired but not necessary.

Training provided

  • Project management, curriculum planning, and basic marketing skills
  • Museum education techniques
  • Research, development, and production of public programs at a cultural institution
  • Professional development opportunities


AMEs receive a modest monthly stipend of $500 and course credit if needed.


Program days and hours are flexible for the fall semester.

To Apply:

  • Deadline for application: August 9, 2020
  • Send resume and cover letter to:
  • Write“Apprentice Museum Educator” in the subject line.
  • Attach both cover letter and resume as PDF files to your email, with both file names in the following format:
    • If the applicant is named John Smith, the file names should be: “SMITHJ_coverletter.pdf” and “SMITHJ_resume.pdf”
  • Please note in your cover letter if you are interested in one or both tracks of study

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Education programs are supported by Agnes Gund and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.