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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.

Cooper Hewitt K-12 Programs Internship

The Cooper Hewitt K-12 Programs intern is a six-month (January-June 2016) non-paid internship focusing on the K-12 school audience. The intern will volunteer three days a week and focus most of his/her time on the following programs:

• Design in the Classroom: a free single-visit program for New York City schools that introduces a conversation about design and offers a hands-on workshop in the classroom setting.

• Design Field Trips: a 90-minute program that includes an interactive exhibition tour and hands-on design focused workshop in our newly renovated museum.

• DesignPrep 101: a series of afterschool workshops for middle school students that provide intensive, hands-on learning experiences in different design disciplines and fields.

The intern will assist with curriculum development, facilitating programs and various administrative tasks including marketing and promoting all three programs. Travel will be required specifically with DesignPrep101 to NYC middle schools to assist with afterschool programming. As needed, the intern will be asked to assist with other education programs which will take place throughout their internship. This can include professional development, public, teen and family programs. This will allow the intern to experience various types of programs and their development, and learn how an education department operates within a museum environment.

Qualifications Ideal candidates must commit to the six-month timeframe and meet the following qualifications

• Experience working with K-12 students of diverse background and abilities.

• Must be detail-oriented and well-organized, and must possess excellent verbal communication skills.

• Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.

• Knowledge of MailChimp and EventBrite is highly recommended. If the intern does not already possess knowledge of these programs, the intern will learn basic skills.

• BA/BS minimum, MA degree preferred. Candidates working toward an advanced degree are welcomed.

Contact: Submit cover letter, resume and 2 references to Kimberly Cisneros-Gill, School Programs Manager – by Monday,December 7, 2015