Careers and Internships


Thank you for your interest in employment and internship opportunities at the Museum of Biblical Art.

Career Opportunities

CONTRACTUAL MUSEUM EDUCATOR

The Museum of Biblical Art seeks a Contractual Museum Educator beginning Fall, 2014 who will teach student and adult groups in the galleries. MOBIA is an independent museum committed to engaging diverse audiences in the exploration of biblical art from the historical to the contemporary. The Museum is an inclusive, secular cultural resource for visitors of all ages, creeds, educational levels, and backgrounds. Its exhibitions and programs offer the public a unique interpretation of art through the lens of the Bible, encouraging new perspectives in a visitor-friendly manner, while integrating aesthetics, history, and religious studies. 

Educators engage with groups of all ages in the galleries, using long-looking and dialogue-based techniques that encourage visitors to think and engage deeply with the works of art. Educators research and prepare their programs independently, with supervision from the Director of Education. Because of the wide-ranging nature of the exhibitions, educators must be comfortable teaching through a wide breadth of art history, including western and non-western art, contemporary and medieval, and art with religious subjects. Several training session occur throughout the year to discuss pedagogy and content, and include sample teaching for fellow educators.

Educators must be available at least two or three days a week, including weekends, and have a flexible schedule. BA required in Art History or related field. MA preferred. 3 + years experience in museum or object-based teaching required. Experience working with access programs desirable.

This is a part-time nonexempt position that reports to the Director of Education. MOBIA hires without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or marital or veteran status.  

Please send resume, cover letter detailing educational philosophy, and contact details to Nathaniel Prottas, Director of Education, at nprottas@mobia.org.

 

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide engaging, hands-on experiences in a variety of museum departments. Qualified candidates will be undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates interested in pursuing careers in museums and/or the arts. Unless otherwise specified, positions are unpaid but the Museum is happy to work with colleges and universities to help students receive credit for their time. All internships are semester-long or summer positions.

 

Education Intern

Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm, or TBD

The summer intern will work to help the museum better interact with the public, focusing on youth tours, print materials, and outreach in the following ways:

• Assist with all summer day camp programs—help prepare materials, help with outreach, and assist education staff in all aspects of program implementation.
• Work with Director of Education on educational materials for upcoming exhibition, specifically conducting research and helping to write pre- and post-visit materials and lesson plans for schools.
• Assist with outreach to schools and adult groups to generate interest in the fall exhibition.
• Write occasional posts and updates for the Museum’s social media platforms.

Requirements:
• Undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in art history and education
• Experience working with children
• Interest in how audiences interact with works of art in museums
• Interest in education and child development
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• Strong research skill

 

Curatorial Intern

Schedule: 12 hours/two days per week

The intern will:
• Conduct research on upcoming exhibitions
• Assist with social media; conduct site visits to photograph and gather information for prospective Museum blog posts
• Gain exposure to de-installation/installation process of exhibitions
• Assist with general administrative tasks as needed

Requirements:
• Current undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates will be considered
• Interest or major in Art History
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong research skills, including experience with ARTstor and Jstor

 

Conservation Intern

Schedule: One day per week in the Museum’s Conservation Lab

The intern will:
• Assist with housing and collection care projects in the conservation lab
• Learn about library preservation practices
• Learn about the materials used in the preservation and conservation of Rare Book materials
• Construct custom housing and enclosures for the Museum’s Special Collections

Requirements: 
• Graduate Students, recent Graduates or undergraduates entering Library school or pre-program conservation students will be considered
• Interest in Special Collection librarianship, art or book conservation and preservation, history of the book or Art history
• Please include a description of your creative interests with your application


How to Apply:

Please send a one-page cover letter outlining your interest in MOBIA, as well as your availability (dates/days/times), and resume to education@mobia.org. No applications by post or phone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted, due to the high volume of applications received.

 

Deadline for Internship Applications:

Spring semester (January through May) – December 1

Summer (June through mid-August) – May 1

Fall semester (September through December) – August 1

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Phone: (212) 408-1500
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