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Career Opportunities

The education department is seeking a full-time Coordinator of Public Programming. For full job description and application process, please click here.

The museum is seeking a full-time Director of Publications. For full job description and application process, please click here.

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.

Internships

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 education@folkartmuseum.org, stating the departments you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department.

Summer 2016 Social Media Internship

The American Folk Art Museum is seeking one part-time (10–15 hours/week) social media intern for summer 2016. Start date is flexible. The position includes working both at the museum’s administrative offices in Long Island City, as well as at the Upper West Side location. The museum is looking to hire an intern with a strong interest in the digital media landscape, including social media outlets and digital marketing. This internship is appropriate for college and university students, graduate students, and emerging professionals interested in museum careers. The internship may include a small stipend, and there is the opportunity for class credit and professional development. A museum ID card grants complimentary access for you and a guest to most museums in New York City.

Internship Responsibilities
• Assist in the development of digital content to post on social media platforms including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc.
• Monitor social media posts and engage with followers on social networks
• Perform analytics of digital content to determine post reach and user engagement
• Attend museum events and engage our followers in real-time through social media outlets

Experience/Skills Required
• College/Graduate Student: interest in Studio Art, Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Administration, Communication, Digital Marketing, or Social Media
• Familiarity with social media outlets
• Ability to take initiative and work independently
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud and/or photo and video editing programs preferred
• Creativity and experience with photography/videography preferred

Please e-mail cover letter and résumé as PDFs to Samantha Fein, Social Media Associate, at sfein@folkartmuseum.org.

Summer 2016 Development Intern and Special Events Intern

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of self-taught artists from the United States and abroad.

Two positions are available to work closely with the Development and Special Events team. The interns will assist with some or all functions related to development and/or special events, such as maintaining the Raiser’s Edge database; assisting with file keeping; assisting with membership mailing campaigns; identifying and researching prospective donors; and gala preparation. Other projects will be assigned based on the interns’ interests and skills.

The internships are unpaid, but there is the opportunity for class credit and professional development. A Museum ID card grants complimentary access for you and a guest to most museums in New York City.

Position Summary
The American Folk Art Museum is seeking two part-time (15–20 hours/week) interns for summer 2016, beginning late May or early June. This is primarily a behind-the-scenes role at the museum’s administrative offices in Long Island City, and provides a valuable opportunity to contribute to day-to-day fundraising operations and special events, and build up experience with Raiser’s Edge.

Development Intern Responsibilities

  • Assist with updating and maintaining donor database; research prospective/current donors
  • Handle development-specific mailings, including bi-monthly membership renewals and acknowledgment letters
  • Assist with event planning and outreach
  • Assist with check-in at donor events, such as exhibition openings
  • Preparing donor packets on a consistent basis
  • Other tasks as assigned

Special Events Intern Responsibilities

  • Assist with event planning and outreach
  • Provide general support at various types of events, including cocktail receptions, dinners, exhibition openings, etc. (Tasks may include check-in, running errands, coat check, and cleanup.)
  • Support the entire development team in the lead up to the Fall 2016 Gala
  • Update and maintain Raiser’s Edge database
  • Other tasks as assigned

Experience/Skills Required

  • College/Graduate Student: Interest in Studio Art, Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Administration, Arts Management, Non-profit Management, Event Planning
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and some Power Point
  • Any database experience desirable, but not required
  • Communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and/or feel comfortable working independently
  • Interest in non-profits, research, fundraising, or administration
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Professional demeanor and great customer service skills
  • Sense of humor

Please e-mail cover letter and resume as PDFs by May 20 to Rebecca Kaplan, Development & Special Events Associate, at rkaplan@folkartmuseum.org.

 

Fellowships

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