Brooklyn Museum

In this paid internship, teens learn about art and art history with other teens from around New York City. As a Museum Apprentice, students go behind the scenes at the Brooklyn Museum throughout the school year to develop their own Museum tours and teach camp groups over the summer. Students must be at least 14 years old to apply.

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Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC Program)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more!

To apply and see more information, visit 

Japan Society

Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education.

For internship and Volunteer opportunities, visit:

Museum for African Art

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

Each year, MoCADA hosts 8-10 high school and college interns throughout the year in order to provide hands-on experience working at a non-profit arts institution.

Interns are encouraged to think about what it means to create a legacy that will ultimately benefit their communities. While at MoCADA, interns receive the unique and challenging experience of working in a smaller institution, where departments overlap and a small number of individuals are working together on numerous projects. Interns are able to take their experiences and knowledge and translate them into the global landscape. It is MoCADA’s hope to create a network of interns that continue to support the mission of furthering awareness of the African Diaspora in whatever endeavors they may embark upon.

Interns must commit to a work schedule of at least 3 days per week, as well as attendance at all MoCADA events unless otherwise specified, which may include nights and weekends. MoCADA’s Internship Program also includes Field Trips, Artist Lectures, and Professional Development Brown-Bag Lunch Conversations and Workshops.

Internship Cycles & Application Deadlines:
Spring (January-May): Applications Due November 15 *extended to December 7!
Summer (May-August): Applications Due April 1
Fall (September-December): Applications Due July 15

For internship details and an application form, visit

Museum of Chinese in America

The Museum of Chinese in America is looking for dedicated and committed volunteers!

MOCA volunteers are involved in all aspects of museum life. As a volunteer, you’ll learn firsthand from stories, images, and objects that tell about the past and you’ll gain rich, well-rounded experience in arts and cultural work.

Some volunteer assignments are ongoing, while others proceed on an event or project-by-project basis. Volunteer opportunities are currently available in visitor and museum shop services. On-site training will be provided.

If you are interested in applying, please complete and submit a MOCA General Volunteer Application Form to:

Museum of Chinese in America

Attn: Volunteer Application

215 Centre Street

New York, NY 10013


If you are interested in applying, please visit

Rubin Museum of Art: Teen Programs

RMA Teen Art Labs
Teen Art Labs offer an opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively, work with professional artists, and make art.


Work in a dynamic team of teens to:
• Explore the art and culture of Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and beyond
• Take related art adventures and expand your repertoire of must see cultural treasures in NYC
• Learn the art of discussion and let it lead you to produce fresh audio podcasts and blog posts that will be used professionally by the Museum
Teen Art Labs meets on Monday afternoons from 4-6:30 pm

RMA Teens
RMA Teens is a free after-school program for high school students with a strong interest in art or careers in the arts. Participants get a behind the scenes look at how a museum operates, explore career paths in the arts, and gain access to one of the best collections of Himalayan art in the world.  Students are invited to make the museum a place of their own while having exciting opportunities to:

•  Explore the art and culture of Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and beyond
•  Be creative with art-making workshops that explore silk-screening, Himalayan painting, and more
•  Create a gallery resource for teens that will be distributed at the museum
•  Get career guidance and work closely with museum curators, artists, and arts professionals
•  Take regular dynamic NYC trips to explore related cultural treasures and the hottest art events

RMA Teens meet on Thursday afternoons during the school year from 4-6 pm.

RMA Teen Guide Council
RMA Teen Guides expand on and share their knowledge of Himalayan art by joining museum staff as members of the Teen Guide Council.  RMA Teen Guide Council members:
•  Continue to deepen their knowledge of Himalayan Art and Culture with mentorship from arts professionals, special trips and art-sessions
•  Contribute by designing and giving gallery tours, and developing teen guides to the museum
•  Communicate with other teens in an international exchange.
•  Collaborate with arts professionals and artists to design FREE events for teens
Participation in RMA Teens is a prerequisite to participating in the RMA Teen Guide Council program.

Information on all teen programs can be found here:

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National 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 Teen Design Fair 
An annual Fall event held in New York City and Washington, D.C., the Teen Design Fair is a special opportunity for teens who want to learn about design careers from National Design Award winners and others working at the top their fields in fashion, interaction, communications, architecture, and more. Meet Tim Gunn and other celebrity design professional!

DesignPrep is a series of FREE programs, including workshops, studio and college visits, that focuses on all design disciplines from fashion and architecture to product design.

The Scholars Program
A part of DesignPrep, the Scholars Program is an intensive design experience that includes portfolio development, professional skill building, college trips, studio visits, paid internship placements, and other unique opportunities for teens interested in preparing for college and careers in design. 
Digital Badges
As part of DesignPrep, teens can earn digital badges. These digital credentials are based on the design skills and knowledge gathered during any one of DesignPrep’s free programs; they can be shared with friends and teachers, and help with college applications.


For details on all programs, visit  


American Museum of Natural History

After School Program:
Courses for NYC high school students interested in the sciences.


HS Summer Science Institute:
A week-long course for high school students introducing the research and High School programming at the Museum.

Saltz Internship Program:
Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.

YouthCaN Connecting & Networking:
A youth-led organization that uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people worldwide about environmental issues.

Science Research Mentoring:
Offers high school students a one year research opportunity with a Museum scientist. Students interested in a mentorship with a museum scientist MUST take three After School Program Research courses in 10th or 11th grade to qualify. These courses prepare students for the mentorship. 


AMNH’s newest education program, BridgeUp: STEM is focused on the intersection of computer science and science. This portfolio of programs includes:

  • tuition-free intensive 3-year Brown Scholars program for high school girls
  • introductory middle school camps covering a range of computational topics, like climate change (full-tuition scholarships are available; email for more information)
  • the Helen Fellowship, a one-year post-baccalaureate fellowship for women
  • an annual overnight hackathon in November for professional developers addressing computational challenges in a given scientific discipline

For more information, visit


Guggenheim Museum: Volunteers

We are looking for energetic, outgoing, and articulate high school students to volunteer on weekends. Guggenheim Teen Volunteers assist adult staff and volunteers in our weekend Family Programs. Assignments include being a liaison for families in the lobby at our Family Programs Kiosk and facilitating gallery activities in our Just Drop In programs.

Being a Teen Volunteer is great for fulfilling community service requirements, resume-building, and college applications. Please send a statement of interest to, and write: “Weekend Volunteer” in the subject line.

Grades 9-12. Teens explore modern and contemporary art and respond to works featured in the museum’s summer exhibitions through in-depth group conversations, sketching, and creative writing, facilitated by a professional writer and educator. The program concludes with a reading for family and friends.

Fee: $200, $175 members (financial assistance available upon request). The application process is selective. For more information, e-mail

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