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Museum Docent Program

We are looking for articulate, intelligent, and motivated people who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the Cooper Hewitt community and to share their enthusiasm for design. Check out this page for details.


Although we do not have a formal volunteer program, if you are interested in volunteering with us, there may be opportunities on a case-by-case basis, depending on which departments require assistance. Please use our contact form to get in touch about volunteering.

Peter A. Krueger Summer Internships

The Peter A. Krueger Summer Internship Program offers individuals the opportunity to explore different facets of museum work, including: raising public awareness about the museum, its exhibitions and public programs; working to promote the concept of design and design thinking; learning museum-specific operations systems; and assisting with fundraising efforts as well as general administrative tasks in support of different departmental goals. Approximately 5–10 Krueger Internships are available each summer.

Internship Dates: June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015 (10 weeks).

Stipend: $2,500

Departments accepting applications include: Curatorial (Drawings and Prints); Curatorial (Product Design and Decorative Arts); Curatorial (Textiles); Curatorial (Triennial Exhibition); Curatorial (Socially Responsible Design); Cross-Platform Publishing; Digital & Emerging Media; Communications and Marketing; Development and Membership; and Education. On the application (see link below) you will have the opportunity to select your top three choices; please make sure to select them in order of your preferences.

Department Descriptions

Application deadline: March 15, 2015

Apply here

Studio in a School's ARTS Intern program

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is also a participating museum in Studio in a School's ARTS Intern program. 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. Find out more.