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Join our museum team to put your passion for art, history, and culture to work. Education, curatorial, and administrative staff are based at the museum in downtown Washington, D.C., while collections staff are based at GW’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus.
The museum values staff, interns, and volunteers of different races, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, immigration statuses, and abilities, all of whom contribute their own experiences and aspirations to our team.
To see current employment opportunities, visit the GW Jobs website and search for the keyword "museum."
As part of its commitment to education, the museum offers internships that provide hands-on learning opportunities and career training.
Internships are designed around your individual professional goals. Interns work closely with the museum’s professional staff on daily tasks and long-term projects, and participate in monthly staff meetings and other museum-wide activities.
We welcome applications year-round, including from students at GW and other universities. While internships at the museum are unpaid, we will work with you to ensure you earn course credit as applicable. We are seeking applicants with a professional attitude, flexibility, sense of commitment, and the ability to work under deadlines. GW students can also apply for open part-time positions.
The Arthur D. Jenkins Library is a non-circulating library that offers resources for scholars and the public on textile history and global dress. Interns will participate in collection assessment, resource description and processing, marketing, and the library’s digital repository initiative.
To apply for a library internship, email librarian Tracy Meserve with your cover letter and resume.
The Collections Management Department ensures the stewardship, safety, and care of the museum's collections. Interns will gain experience in basic collections management practices and protocols, including processing incoming objects, object inventory, environmental monitoring and integrated pest management, condition reporting, database management, and digital imaging.
The Conservation Department provides care for the 21,000 artworks in The Textile Museum Collection. Conservation interns must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of a recognized conservation program, with basic experience in textile storage, treatment, condition reporting, and exhibition preparation. Under special circumstances, experienced collections management professionals may apply. Interns will receive training in techniques of storing, mounting, and treating textiles.
The Curatorial Department oversees research, care, and interpretation of the collections; coordinates exhibitions and publications; and supports public programs. This position works with The Textile Museum Collection and the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection—contributing to exhibition research and planning, as well as collections documentation for online publication. Interns will also learn the basics of textile identification and care.
The Curatorial Department oversees research, care, and interpretation of the collections; coordinates exhibitions and publications; and supports public programs. This position works with the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection—working closely with the curator on collections research and documentation, as well as exhibition research and planning as needed.
To apply for a curatorial internship, email Amber "Jackie" Streker with your cover letter and resume.
The Development Department supports the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the museum’s members and donors. Interns will assist with membership mailings, grant proposals, stewardship reports, event planning, prospect research, and database management.
To apply for a development internship, email Danielle Tyson with your cover letter and resume.
Join our team of dedicated volunteers and help bring exceptional cultural learning opportunities and experiences to the public.
Our volunteers are essential to the museum and contribute in a number of ways. Docents make a weekly commitment to training, enrichment, and tours. Program volunteers typically provide hands-on help once a month. Volunteers in the Arthur D. Jenkins Library help with updating the catalog, processing the collection, and shelving books. Occasionally, the museum also has administrative volunteer needs. If you are interested in career development opportunities, we encourage you to explore our internship program.
There are no volunteer openings at this time.