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school Programs educator

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. The Education Department offers a variety of programs and Contracted Educators are needed for Design Field Trips beginning in fall 2016.

Design Field Trip, a 90-minute program includes an interactive exhibition tour and hands-on workshop in our newly renovated museum. Contracted Educator leads an inquiry based conversation with the students of 5-6 objects and then facilitates a related design focused workshop. The Contracted Educator is expected to support the museum’s vision and display punctuality, and clear communication skills.  Ideal candidates have experience with art and design education and meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience delivering programs for school audiences especially NYC
  • Direct experience working with students grades K-12 of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Understanding of current NYC & NYS educational standards and 21st-century learning skills.
  • BA/BS minimum, MA degree in Education preferred. Candidates working toward an advanced degree are welcomed.

Reports to: School Program Manager

Work Schedule: part-time contractor, weekdays. Must be available to teach a minimum of 6 programs per month.

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter to Kimberly Cisneros-Gill, School Programs Manager at by Monday, July 25, 2016 .

museum education fellowship

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum invites emerging professionals to apply for the Museum Education fellowship. One fellow is selected to gain in-depth fieldwork experience working with a dynamic museum education department focused on historic and contemporary design. The primary focus of the fellowship will be supporting our in-gallery learning experiences for a variety of audiences including students and adults. This includes assisting with development and implementation of gallery teaching and interpretation materials. In addition, engaging with the public by leading our various types of tours and working on projects that support in-gallery programs. Ideal candidates should have a general knowledge of design and must be well organized, a quick learner, flexible, and possess outstanding administrative, computer, and diplomatic skills.

The term of the fellowship is six months and must take place between September 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 with the availability of two full days a week. There is a stipend of $5,000.00 that will be given upon completion of the fellowship.


  • Professional interest in museum education and design thinking
  • Experience working with a variety of audiences in a public setting
  • Must be detail-oriented and well-organized, and must possess excellent verbal communication skills.
  • BA/BS minimum, MA degree preferred. Candidates working toward an advanced degree in Museum Education are welcomed.


Submit cover letter and resume to Kimberly Cisneros-Gill, School Programs Manager at by Monday, July 25th, 2016.

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.

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).

Stipend: $2,500

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.

Department Descriptions

Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016