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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. To apply, submit 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.

Summer Internships

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The museum offers summer internships through ARTSIntern, a program of Studio in a School. The ARTSIntern 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.

Interns work alongside museum professionals involved in all facets of the institutions’ activities. Participation in ARTSIntern can impact a student’s career path in profound ways. Please read through the program description and eligibility requirements carefully before submitting an application.

The museum is offering a summer 2015 position of Education Intern. Click here for a description and information about how to apply.


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)