Museum Careers

Jobs

The Career Center has resources such as Handshake for job and internship postings, newsletters, and counseling services. Many of these are available only to Hopkins students.

The American Alliance of Museums lists nationwide positions at museums of all types.

The Association of Science and Technology Centers has a job board for science museums and related positions.

The Association of Children’s Museums lists job openings at children’s museums nationwide.

Museums and the Web lists a wide array of museum jobs, alongside more specialized announcements for museum digital & tech jobs.

The Museum Employment Resource Center lists jobs and other information related to the museum, heritage management and cultural resource communities.

Museum Jobs Online has primarily international listings.

USAJobs is the centralized site for all federal government jobs. Use it for all national museums, national parks, and historic sites. All Smithsonian listings show up here. Applications are first vetted by algorithms that search for the key terms from the job listing in your resume. Get help from the career center in preparing your CV for this process.

A popular social networking tool for job seekers is LinkedIn. After you create your profile, you may join museum-oriented groups (e.g., MuseumLink), which sometimes feature job search tips and news of the field.

Since most museums are non-profit organizations, positions are often listed at idealist.org, a site for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities across the non-profit sector.

Regional museum associations with job listings include:

Most of the museum associations named here have annual conferences which students can attend for free. This is an excellent networking and learning opportunity.

Graduate Programs

The Krieger School’s Advanced Academic Programs offers an online MA in museum studies for professionals in the field.

The Smithsonian maintains a directory of undergraduate and graduate programs in museum studies and related fields, organized by state and country.

Internships

The Program in Museums and Society has worked with the Career Center to make available through Handshake a list of more than 100 museum-related internships in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. The list contains summer and semester-long internships, both paid and unpaid. Museums and society students have interned at the Smithsonian, Baltimore Museum of Art, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Sotheby’s, and many more places. The Program also sponsors regular internship and career workshops hosted by the Career Center, but students are responsible for seeking out and securing such opportunities on their own.

Four internships are reserved for students from the Johns Hopkins University: the Student Curatorial Internship at the Evergreen Museum and Library of the Johns Hopkins University; the Nan Pinkard-Aurelia Bolton internship at the Homewood Museum of the Johns Hopkins University; the Sonneborn Collection Curatorial Internship at the Johns Hopkins University; and the Robert and Nancy Hall Fellowship Program to work at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.