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Apprentice Museum Educator Program

Undergraduate Apprentice Museum Educator Program

What is the Apprentice Museum Educator program?

The Apprentice Museum Educator (AME) Work-Study Program at the Rubin Museum of Art provides essential hands-on skills to university students preparing for future careers in arts or museum education. The unique exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art provide opportunities for Apprentices to learn and engage audiences through the interrelation of the art, geography, history, and culture of Himalayan Asia.  Program participants leave with an understanding of the inner workings of a museum education department, Himalayan art and culture, and necessary public interrelation and education skills that will prepare them for the future. Apprentices are prepared to utilize inquiry-based teaching strategies and receive weekly education on content and pedagogy. Apprentice duties include:

  • Facilitating tours to incoming school groups
  • Administrative support of teen programs
  • Planning for college events
  • Assisting with teen programs
  • Receiving mentorship by staff in the Education Department

What are the requirements?

  • Participants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in a New York City College or University (Education majors or strong interest in a future career in art or education encouraged)
  • Be able to provide services for two consecutive semesters (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)
  • Work 15 hours per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays) with availability on two mornings
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Photo I.D.
  • Social Security Card

How do I apply?

Download the Application

Applications for the AME program are due Friday, June 27, 2014.

Program will start in early October

Is this a paid position?

Apprentice Museum Educators are paid a monthly stipend for their services. The terms of the stipend will be discussed if applicants are accepted for interviews.



Meet the 2012-2013 Apprentice Museum Educators

Sapana Gandhi is a senior majoring in political science/political economy at New York University. One of her interests is in exploring how art is utilized, intentionally or unintentionally, as a communicative instrument in a number of different ways. Aside from this, she is also interested in working with kids to help them express themselves via a creative medium.

Sharnice Ottley is a Sophomore at Baruch College.  She is working on a dual major in History and Visual Arts.  Her love for history, the arts and learning has inspired her to become a student intern in the AME Program.  "I always felt that exploring history through art is a great way for people to really learn something new."  She is very excited to help other students gain knowledge on a unique genre of art such as the Himalayan art and culture.

Giada Shaver is a Sophomore at Eugene Lang College at the New School, where she is studying Theatre and Sociology. She is particularly interested in the ways in which art is used in education, both for its own sake and pedagogical tool. She is thrilled to be a part of the Rubin’s exciting education programs, and to get a chance to connect with students through the incredible pieces in the Museum.

Mariya Skurko is a Junior at Baruch College pursuing an Art History Major. Her past experience as a teen docent at the American Folk Art Museum has inspired her to pursue work educating people of all ages through the arts. The Rubin Museum provides a unique experience where the teaching style relies heavily on story telling in order to connect works with the audience. She hopes to one day develop educational programs in a museum setting that will connect art with other varying disciplines.

2011-2012 Apprentice Museum Educator Cohort
2010-2011 Apprentice Museum Educator Cohort

2009-2010 Apprentice Museum Educator Cohort


For further questions about the AME program please call Laura Lombard, Head of Adult & Academic Programs, at 212.620.5000 x246 or email