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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the American Folk Art Museum! Volunteers are vital to the success of the Museum, contributing countless hours to visitor services, education projects, administrative assignments, and special events. The museum is always seeking energetic and committed volunteers interested in folk art and self-taught artists. While each opportunity requires specific skill sets, every qualified candidate must be dedicated, communicate effectively, possess basic computer skills—including familiarity with the internet—and have a valid e-mail address.

To apply, please complete the Volunteer Application form here.

If your skills and qualifications meet our needs you will be contacted for an interview. If not, your application will be kept on file and you will be contacted if an appropriate position becomes available.

Development and Special Events Department Volunteer Opportunity

The American Folk Art Museum is seeking help with administrative projects on a rolling basis. These projects are based at the museum’s administrative offices in Long Island City, Queens, which are conveniently located off the 7 train. Projects include help with bimonthly membership renewal mailings, other special event mailings, and membership data entry. The museum is also seeking candidates interested in volunteering at special events in a check-in or greeting capacity.

Administrative or customer service experience desirable, as well as demonstrated interest in non-profits, research, fundraising, or administration.

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV to Rachel Rosen at


The museum offers internships for college and university students, graduate students, and emerging professionals interested in museum careers. The goal of an internship is to provide practical experience as well as a general understanding of the role of an individual department within a larger museum setting. Academic internships are by semester or full year. For general internship queries, send a resume and cover letter to, stating the departments you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department.

Current internship opportunities and information on how to apply are below.

Winter/spring 2016 Finance/Accounting Intern

The American Folk Art Museum’s Finance and Accounting Department is seeking a part-time intern for Winter/spring 2016. Please note that this is an unpaid internship; credit toward class can be given if applicable. Work days and hours are flexible. This position is open to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

• Assist with Accounts Payable, receivables, and post journal entries
• Work with the accounting team on budget forecasting efforts
• Support the payment processing team
• Data entry and filings
• Completing various special projects of the Accounting department as needed

Strong organizational and time management skills, as well as excellent attention to detail. Applicants must be communicative and possess the ability to work well collaboratively with a small team.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Joseph Kisarale, Finance Manager, at Please put “Accounting Internship” in the subject line.

Winter/spring 2016 Library Intern

The museum’s library and archives are non-circulating research collections providing comprehensive coverage in areas of primary interest to the museum. The library and archives are currently undergoing a major cataloging project and will be available to researchers by appointment at the forthcoming Library and Archives Study Center. The library contains more than 10,000 volumes, including monographs and exhibition and auction catalogs, as well as substantial runs of nearly two hundred periodicals. It is a singular repository of scholarship in the field, unique in that its holdings include resources on both traditional folk art and art by the self-taught from the twentieth century to the present together under one roof. The Collections and Education Center, located in Long Island City, Queens, houses the museum’s administrative offices, library, and archives.

• Reading the shelves: checking one shelf at a time and reading the call numbers to see that media are in the proper order, and updating the online catalog.
• Periodicals: studying the shelved periodicals to create a list of volume, issue, and date for each, and entering the information into the library catalog (LibraryWorld).
• Auction catalogs: many of the auction catalogs have not been entered into the online catalog; this is an opportunity to do some copy and original cataloging.
• Oversized books: the books must be identified and relocated to one area on the shelves. The list of books must be checked with the online catalog and entries made in LibraryWorld to identify where the book is located.
• There is a possibility of working with the Archivist on special projects.

Familiarity with database procedures recommended. Preferred candidates will have completed at least one semester of graduate work in library studies. Interest in museum studies or art history would be a plus. The internship is unpaid but may be taken for course credit. The expected schedule is 1–2 days a week and must include a Monday.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Louise Masarof, Librarian, at


Visit the Fellowship page to learn about current opportunities.


Log Cabin Quilt, Courthouse Steps Variation
Samuel Steinberger (1865–c. 1934)


Crewelwork Picture
Artist unidentified


The Kander Valley in the Bernese Oberland (Das Kander-Thal im Berner Ober-land)
Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930)