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 college students the opportunity to gain professional skills and learn about museum practices at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States that is exclusively devoted to historic and contemporary design. Interns will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop an enriched understanding of how the museum fulfills its mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design. During the summer, interns collaborate with staff on specific projects and gain experience in the daily operation of their selected department(s). Krueger interns come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and there are many cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to pursue an interest in design with their major study of education, computer science, digital media, art history, studio art, or the sciences. In addition to their professional activities, interns attend meetings, lectures, and public programs at Cooper Hewitt and travel outside the museum to meet and connect with individuals and organizations that are integral to design and the arts of New York City.
Internship Dates: June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016 (10 weeks, 40 hours/week).
Applications are accepted from currently enrolled undergraduate students and recent graduates who will graduate in Spring 2016 from an undergraduate program. To apply, create an account on Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).
Required materials: resume, cover letter, short essay, two references, and transcript.
Interns will be placed according to demonstrated interest, applicable skill, and relevant experience. In your application, please select two departments of interest. In some cases, interns are able to divide time between two departments.
Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016