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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?

Check back this Spring for how to apply for the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 program! 


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.



The Rubin Museum of Art welcomes the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 team of Apprentice Museum Educators!


Ashley Frenkel is a senior at New York University. While working on a major in Art History, she is juggling three minors: Russian, Psychology, and Studio Art. The atmosphere of the museum is one she finds very conducive to active learning. She hopes to combine traditional tour-giving techniques with hands-on creative activities to share the Rubin’s collection with students of all ages with warmth and a sense of adventure.

Samantha Rosner is a sophomore at the Cooper Union School of Art.  She is particularly interested in materiality and reduction in her fine art practice, and in the historical context of contemporary art.  She hopes to bridge her interests in museum programs, curatorial studies, art history, and fine arts to create a broader, more complete artistic scope which will inform her art making process and conversation.  She is proud to begin her work here at the Rubin Museum.

Ferrell Bonner is a senior at Eugene Lang College, The New School, majoring in Liberal Arts with a focus on Psychology and South Asian Studies.  She first became interested in Asian culture when traveling to Thailand in 2012, and fell in love with the country.  She later traveled to Nepal and studied traditional thangka painting under an accomplished mentor for six weeks.  Ferrell is very excited to expand her knowledge of Himalayan art and to have the opportunity to spread that knowledge and passion to others this year. She is also interested in how the curation of a space is able to influence viewers’ perspectives.  Her love of psychology and spirituality find a perfect blend in the artwork at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Julia Santoli is in her final year at School of Visual Arts, completing her BFA in Visual and Critical Studies. Her experience making and studying art and philosophy has fostered a strong desire to connect art to new audiences. A previous internship in adult programming at the Brooklyn Museum has forged a deep interest in creating meaningful experiences for viewers through museum education. She hopes to continue to learn more about object-based teaching, theosophy, and narrative storytelling; and is very excited to grow while working with the Rubin and its visitors.

For further questions about the AME program, please contact Nicole Leist, Assistant Manager of Adult & Academic Programs, at