Work at the Museum

Work at the MIT 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.

Paid positions
Volunteer positions
Internship opportunities

Paid Positions

Visitor Services Assistants
Temporary Gallery Staff
Part-time Workshop Instructors

Visitor Services Assistants

The MIT Museum seeks part-time visitor services assistants. Duties include: greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, ringing up museum store purchases and periodically restocking store, staffing reception desk and answering visitor questions, monitoring groups in the galleries during busy periods and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: A high school diploma or equivalent education is required, Bachelor's degree preferred. Museum Studies/Arts Administration students encouraged to apply. Applicants should enjoy working with the public, have an interest in science and technology and possess basic computer skills. Retail experience desirable but not mandatory.

Hours to include some weekday mornings/afternoons and at least one weekend day during the spring (approx. 16-20 hours per week). Potential for hours to increase to approx. 30-35 hours per week during July and August. Additional evening hours occasionally available during museum functions and programs.

Please send resumes and cover letters to or mail to Patricia Lane, Visitor Services Manager, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. N51, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Temporary Gallery Staff

The MIT Museum seeks temporary gallery staff for a two-week special event. (Training April 13-17, event April 18-26). Duties include managing museum entrances and exits for crowd control assistance, monitoring behavior in the galleries to ensure the safety of visitors and objects, way-finding assistance, and coat-check staffing.

  • Ability to remain standing for long periods of time
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to remain calm in high pressure situations
  • High school diploma or equivalent education required, Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Gallery experience preferred

Please send resumes and cover letters to

Part-time Workshop Instructors

The MIT Museum seeks 2-3 part-time educators to teach Museum-developed, on-site education programs in science, technology, and engineering workshops for visiting middle and high school students from September 2015 to June 2016, with opportunity for extension. Successful candidates will have a science or engineering background, experience working with students in classroom or informal education settings and enthusiasm for learning about MIT Museum collections and current research at MIT. Three-hour shifts will be available Monday through Friday between 9:30 and 4:00. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule and should be available 1-2 days a week, with two weeks advance notice. Anticipated commitment is 6-12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours and extended employment. Compensation of $12-$15/hour, based on experience. Training will be provided.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to

Volunteer Positions

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!

Application Instructions

Please click here to fill out an application.

Internship Opportunities

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 weekday Museum hours only (Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

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.

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