Work at the Museum
Thank you for your interest in working at the MIT Museum. The Museum is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Human Resources web site is an excellent resource for learning more about working at MIT.
Public Programs Coordinator (MIT Job #11801-N)
Reporting directly to the Director of Education and Public Programs, the Public Programs Coordinator is a critical member of a small team that produces the Museum’s educational and public programs in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae and community organizations. The Public Programs Coordinator is responsible for creating innovative public programming for visitors of all ages through careful study of research and activities at MIT, cultivating campus connections, through detailed and organized planning.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
The Public Programs Coordinator will:
- Assist the Director of Education and Public Programs in the development of long-range departmental plans, policies and programs for the Museum.
- Strategically build relationships between the Museum and MIT’s community of students, researchers, faculty, and alumni to increase the breadth of public programming.
- Create public engagement opportunities for the MIT community and invite/encourage participation in Museum programs.
- Keep abreast of research, activities, and events at MIT through study of new reports and research papers, and attendance at campus talks and events.
- Work with the Education and Public Programs team to identify, develop and deliver appropriate program opportunities for general, family and adult audiences.
- Work with Museum staff, faculty, alumni/ae, students, and volunteers on the content development and delivery of programs.
- Organize large-scale annual events at the Museum (e.g. the Cambridge Science Festival programs, Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction, National Engineers Week), and weekday, weekend and evening programs (e.g., Second Fridays, Soap Box, Grad Nights).
- Design and oversee development of engaging, hands-on elements for on-gallery demonstrations by staff and volunteers.
- Contribute well-researched, innovative ideas for development and maintenance of new programmatic spaces.
- Ensure that program content and interpretation is consistent with the Museum’s mission and goals and meets best practices.
- Work closely with the Idea Hub Coordinator to develop, run and promote hands-on educational programs.
- Assist the Education Coordinator in the promotion and implementation of programs for middle and high school students (grades 6-12), youth and community organizations, etc.
- Contribute to Museum volunteer team recruitment, training and assessment.
- Work closely with the Museum’s Marketing and Communications team.
- Recruit and supervise the professional development of seasonal high school and college interns. Supervise occasional temporary and student employees, volunteers and interns.
- Contribute to research (e.g. based on program evaluation) that advances the state of professional knowledge of informal science communication in museums.
- Other duties as needed or required.
Undergraduate degree in a science, technology or engineering field and comfort with scientific and technological literacy. Minimum of three years of experience in informal science education and program delivery to general, family and adult audiences. Enthusiasm for the development and delivery of hands-on programs in engineering, art and technology is essential, as are practical skills (e.g., in mechanical, electrical or electronic model-making). Must show a considerable degree of creativity and initiative, be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. As a representative of the Museum, must be able to communicate effectively with MIT faculty, staff and students, as well as visitors and community organizations. Excellent written, oral, research, and web skills are essential. Must be able to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, school vacation weeks, occasional holidays and evenings.
Advanced degree. Familiarity with audience evaluation techniques is an advantage. Bilingual facility helpful.
Applications must be submitted online through the MIT Human Resources website.
Director of Galleries and Exhibitions (MIT Job #11709-Q)
The MIT Museum exists to engage the wider community with MIT’s research and teaching in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. Its galleries and exhibitions draw on the Museum’s extensive collections (Architecture & Design; Hart Nautical; Holography; Science & Technology; MIT General), as well as other resources (including the expertise of MIT faculty, students and staff), to engage general visitors in a wide variety of topics, embracing art, design, engineering, science, and technology, particularly (though not exclusively) as these subjects are represented at the Institute.
The Museum will move to Kendall Square ca. 2019, to feature prominently in the new East Campus/Kendall Square Gateway that MIT will build, creating a vibrant cluster of activity. The blending of an array of uses — including innovation space, housing, childcare, retail, commercial, and space for the MIT Museum — has the unique potential to convey MIT's and Kendall Square's unparalleled innovative energy. The Museum will occupy 3 floors of space in an office building on Main St. adjacent to the Kendall Square T stop. Planning for this major capital project is in the early stages.
The Director of Galleries and Exhibitions is a senior member of the Museum Management Team with direct responsibility for the procurement of all new exhibitions (including permanent, temporary and traveling) and management of all galleries and exhibition spaces, including the main Museum at 265 Mass. Ave., the Compton Gallery of the MIT Museum Studio (Bldg. 10-150) featuring MIT student work, and the Hart Nautical Gallery (55 Mass. Ave.). S/he also has responsibility for the planning and project management of the galleries for the new Museum at Kendall Square and all exhibitions, including content development, design, fabrication and installation.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Galleries and Exhibitions has overall responsibility for leading the development of new galleries and exhibitions in the Museum. S/he will assume intellectual responsibility for the exhibition program, working with the Director, Curators, Director of Programs, and other senior staff members to define and deliver the portfolio of galleries and exhibitions that will best serve the Institute, the MIT Museum, and the Museum’s diverse audiences. The Director of Galleries and Exhibitions leads the Exhibitions Team and works closely with other Museum teams and staff, including the Collections Team, the Programs Team, and PR & Marketing staff.
The Director of Galleries and Exhibitions will:
- Oversee all aspects of the Museum’s program for galleries and exhibitions
- Work with colleagues across the Museum, and from elsewhere in the Institute, to develop proposals for new galleries and exhibitions
- Manage a small team of exhibitions specialists in the Museum (including the Exhibitions Manager and other staff) to maintain existing exhibitions and to deliver an agreed program of new galleries and exhibitions
- Assemble, brief, and manage interdisciplinary project teams for individual galleries and exhibitions
- Develop detailed yearly schedule of exhibitions, and plans and budgets for individual galleries and exhibitions, and ensure delivery against these plans on time and on budget
- Work with external consultants and temporary staff (guest curators, content developers, designers, fabricators, installers, etc.), as necessary, to ensure successful delivery of galleries and exhibitions
- Develop opportunities to travel the Museum’s special exhibitions to other venues, and to bring in loan exhibitions from elsewhere as appropriate
- Ensure that exhibition content and interpretation is consistent with the Museum’s mission
- Assist Museum Director and Associate Director in fundraising for exhibitions
- Commission evaluative work as necessary to ensure that displays and exhibitions meet their stated objectives
- Be an active member of the Museum Management Team, contributing to both the creation and the implementation of the Museum’s strategic plans
- Other duties as needed or required
Reports to the Museum Director and meets with regularly.
Supervises the Exhibitions Team.
Qualifications & Skills:
Undergraduate and graduate degrees in relevant subject area(s)
Minimum of five years of experience in museum exhibition development, management and production, to include development of major exhibition galleries and/or an entire new museum
Demonstrated experience in leading teams of specialist contributors to enable production of exhibits
Ability to communicate effectively with MIT faculty and staff
Ability to take intellectual ownership of a portfolio of exhibitions across a wide range of scientifically and technologically complex subjects
Research, writing and editing skills
Proven ability to work in a multi-media environment that includes artifacts, hands-on and electronic interactives, graphics, and online elements
Demonstrated experience in planning and delivering exhibition projects on mission, on time and on budget (and in developing and managing budgets of up to seven figures)
Awareness of the interests and needs of the Museum’s target audiences
Must show a considerable degree of initiative and have excellent interpersonal and networking skills
Availability to work occasional evenings or weekends during the final phase of project installations
Interest in working with undergraduate and graduate students on exhibitions-related projects, and a high level of scientific and/or technology literacy.
Applicants must apply online through the MIT Human Resources website.
Education & Public Programs
The MIT Museum is looking for individuals who are committed to engaging with the public and sharing enthusiasm and knowledge of MIT, current MIT research, or the MIT experience. Ideal candidates are passionate about science, technology, and art and are able to convey their excitement to Museum visitors of all ages.
Volunteers conduct demonstrations illustrating different academic topics in our galleries - such as holography or robotics - interacting with visitors and empowering them to delve deeper into the subject. Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own demonstrations with the guidance of the Programs and Education team, showcasing areas of research that they want to share with the public, but may also explore our existing visitor demonstrations.
MIT Museum volunteers must:
- have completed high school and be at least 17 years old
- commit to at least 50 hours of volunteering per year
- participate in volunteer training administered by the Museum
- behave in a manner consistent with the Museum's values
Volunteering at the MIT Museum grants you the following benefits:
- Behind the scenes look at Museum exhibitions and collections
- Gallery talks & tours with curators and staff
- MIT Museum shirt
- 20% Museum store discount
- Annual volunteer recognition event
- Four Museum passes for successfully completing annual minimum hours
- Free admission to many Boston-area museums!
Please click here to fill out an application.
The following internships are open to undergraduate or graduate students, or graduates. Internships typically start three times per year: with the Fall or Spring semester, or in the Summer. Internships are unpaid. If course credit is offered by a student intern’s academic institution, we’re happy to discuss terms with the intern’s academic advisor. Résumé and cover letter required for all applications. Collections internships are available during Museum business hours only (Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).
Visitor Studies Internship
The MIT Museum is seeking individuals interested in museum and visitor studies, consumer research, or research techniques in environmental psychology to help us conduct small scale visitor studies looking at current use of our galleries, to learn more about our visitors, and to conduct formative evaluation of exhibit prototypes. Projects will be chosen based on current Museum needs along with the applicants interests. Interns will work with Museum staff to plan a study, choose relevant techniques, collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and report on findings. Since we will be relying on the results for planning, a commitment to completing the project in a thorough, scientific and timely manner is critical. Interns will need the ability to work independently, and be comfortable and courteous in approaching visitors and initiating interaction. Some knowledge of statistics would be helpful, as well as other languages in addition to English. The internship would run for a full semester, or summer, with at least a 10 hour per week commitment. To apply, please fill out the online application listing " Visitor Studies Intern " in the Opportunity field.
Move Project Internship (Collections Department)
The MIT Museum is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented intern to assist with a large multi-phased collections move. The candidate will be a highly organized, proactive, flexible individual with excellent analytical, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively in a collaborative environment. Computer experience with collections databases preferred. The position requires interest or experience in museum studies, archival storage practices, fine art packing or related field. Knowledge of current registration and collections management practices, especially information management, is an advantage. This position involves physical activity. To apply, fill out the online application listing "Move Intern" in the Opportunity field.
MIT General Collections Internship
The MIT Museum is seeking interns to work with materials related to the institutional history of MIT for semester-long internships. The intern will inventory, arrange and describe small collections of mixed papers and objects from MIT faculty and alumni. The intern will assist in the production of finding aids as appropriate, using the museum's standard format. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and will assist with collection inventory and packing as needed. As time allows and based upon the interests of the intern, the intern may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, marking objects for tracking and research and scanning for reference requests. To apply, fill out the online application listing "MIT General Collections" in the Opportunity field.
Architecture & Design Internships
The MIT Museum is seeking interns for semester-long internships to work with materials in the Architecture and Design Collections. Projects may include inventory, arrangement, and description of architectural drawings and papers, and production of finding aids as appropriate. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, and assisting with research requests. Additional responsibilities may include projects for current or future exhibitions in the Museum. Interns should have a background in art history, architectural history, architectural design or related fields. To apply, please fill out the online application listing "Architecture and Design" in the Opportunity field.