Employment, Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

To apply for a position at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), please indicate the desired position and forward a cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Human Resources
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816 

Applicants may also send their resume and cover letter by fax at 215.561.8887 or email hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.


FWM welcomes volunteers for a variety of projects and events. In the studio or photo/video archives, working on administration or special events, volunteers provide critical support to all of our programs or departments. Please call 215.561.8888 or email hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org for more information.

Education Interns (2 positions available)

The Fabric Workshop and Museum/Studio in a School Arts Intern
Arts Intern places undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at museums and cultural institutions. www.artsintern.org
This year, FWM will present the exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, a retrospective of the work of the celebrated architect. During the summer internship, the two Education Interns will work in tandem with the Education department to research and design educational materials for K-12 Philadelphia public school students. These materials – a museum activity journal and three age-appropriate hands-on lessons – will draw on architecture and contemporary art concepts and align closely with the exhibition. They will be used specifically as part of FWM’s Study Tour Program, which welcomes over 1,000 students each year for in-depth tours linked thematically to current exhibitions and tailored to each grade level.
Projects include:
  • Researching Louis Kahn – from his childhood years growing up in Philadelphia; through his path to becoming an internationally renowned architect; to his influential career as a famous architect and teacher
  • Searching for links between Kahn’s architectural work and the contemporary artists who have been in residence at FWM, then identifying commonalities in concept, material, and design
  • Creating educational materials to be used in student tours (museum activity journal and three hands-on lesson plans)
Applicants must possess a strong interest in contemporary art, architecture, design, and museum art education. Candidates must have excellent research and communication skills. Since the interns will be writing lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students, they ideally have a background or demonstrated interest in education.
To apply for these positions, please send all required information listed under "How to Apply" to christina@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org by Monday, May 22, 2017. Please include “Arts Intern” in the subject line.
Visitor Services Assistant

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Visitor Services Assistant. Reporting directly and daily to the Museum Shop Director, the Visitor Services Assistant is responsible for providing a high quality museum experience in an efficient and friendly manner. The Visitor Services Assistant is the ambassador of The Fabric Workshop and Museum and acts as our visitors' first point of contact. The candidate we are looking for must have exceptional communication and customer service skills and enjoy interacting with a diverse audience.
Hours: Full-time 40 hrs per week and Part-time 32 hrs per week, includes some evenings and weekends
Duties and Responsibilities:
  · Market the various experiences available to FWM visitors including tours, programs, special events,
    memberships and other information related to FWM
  · Process admissions and sales
  · Prepare Museum for visitation at the beginning of day and close at end of day
  · Maintain organization and appearance of admissions desk area, including coat room, brochure and gallery
    notes display
  · Answer phone and route calls to proper staff
  · Generate reports of daily admissions
  · Other tasks as assigned by Founder & Artistic Director and Supervisor
Minimum Qualifications:
Prior front desk, museum or gallery experience with extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art strongly preferred. He/She must have superb customer service and problem-solving skills, professionalism, and flexibility. Experience in retail and POS systems. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and preferably Quickbooks Point of Sale.
Salary based on qualifications and experience. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, résumé, and three references to tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “Visitor Services Assistant Search” as the subject line. EOE. No phone calls, please.
Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide.  Reporting directly and daily to the Museum Shop Director, the Museum Shop Assistant is responsible for daily operations of all Museum Shop activities. The Museum Shop Assistant will open/close shop, perform end-of-day procedures and oversee daily retail operations that includes customer service, visual presentation, merchandising, and inventory control. Required to perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
The candidate will also share responsibilities for serving as a Gallery Guide. The Gallery Guide provides an important service to FWM by greeting visitors and providing general information about the museum and its programs as well as leading visitors through temporary exhibitions in the museum galleries and insuring the safety of the works of art. The position also requires that candidates assist with front desk administrative duties as needed.
Minimum qualifications:
Experience in a museum or high-end design shop setting, with extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art strongly preferred. He/She must have superb customer service and sales skills, problem-solving skills, professionalism, and flexibility.  Experience in retail and POS systems.  Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and preferably Quickbooks Point of Sale.
This is a Part-time position and includes evenings and weekends.
Salary based on qualifications and experience. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, résumé, and three references to tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide Search” as the subject line. EOE. No phone calls, please.

Current Internship Opportunities

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks students with an interest in Philadelphia's arts and cultural community. Students will have the opportunity to work with our administrative, education, collections management, studio, and retail staff on current and future projects.
Our interns are college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate/post-graduate students who volunteer their time to gain first-hand experience in the programming and administration of a contemporary art museum and collaborative workshop.
Under the supervision of a staff member, interns assist with regular departmental activities and with specific projects assigned by their respective mentors.Internships usually commence with the start of each semester and run through the end of the semester, however, there is no set deadline for applications. Interns are required to commit 10 hours minimum per week. No stipend is available.
  • Collections Intern:  The Registrar works directly with art objects and maintains all artworks at the museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about a central museum management position outside the familiar sphere of art careers. The intern will assist in organizing the museum collection, specifically computer cataloguing and shaping the photo archive. Art history or studio art background is required; basic computer literacy is essential.
  • Communications Intern:  The Communications Manager coordinates the public relations activities for FWM including media relations, press previews, and special events. The intern will assist in preparing press kits and mailings, filing press clippings, and promoting public receptions and artist lectures. Interns have the opportunity to support the FWM staff during special events, including event setup and hosting visitors. The intern should be interested in non-profit administration, with strong attention to detail and communication skills.
  • Development Intern:  The Director of Development oversees fundraising initiatives for the museum. Under the supervision of the Director, the Development Intern will supply administrative support to the department responsible for fundraising for the museum's annual budget, including grant writing for government, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship, as well as cultivating museum membership and helping to organize and staff events. Excellent writing skills are required. Some art history knowledge, non-profit management, or arts administration background is preferred.
  • Education Intern:  Assists with school group planning for the academic year; helps with tours for adults, school groups, and family workshops; completes education program evaluation; works on video production; develops, assembles, and distributes educational packets.
  • Exhibitions Intern: Will work most closely with the Exhibitions Manager, who coordinates and oversees all in-house and traveling exhibitions and other special museum projects. The candidate will assist in researching and writing text for artist residencies and upcoming exhibitions, compiling in-depth artist histories and biographies for FWM departments and catalogue publication, and various administrative tasks. Excellent writing and research skills are required; background in art history or demonstrated experience and interest in the field of contemporary art and/or exhibitions is preferred. The position requires the submission of one writing sample (1-2 pages) in addition to FWM's standard intern application materials.
  • Finance Intern: Candidates will have the opportunity to work with the Controller and senior administrative staff who are responsible for overseeing such activities as executing accounts payable & payroll; performing reconciliations; preparing grant reports for Development staff; managing the annual audit; and performing cash projections. Under the supervision of the Controller, Intern duties will include processing weekly bills, copying and filing, compiling data into reports in Excel or Word, and other duties as assigned. Excellent organizational skills are required. An interest in accounting, business, and nonprofit management a plus.
  • Museum Store Intern:  The Museum Store Manager markets a wide selection of unique, artist-designed, functional objects created on-site at the Museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work in a non-profit arts organization, while simultaneously learning about general sales and marketing skills. The intern will work closely with the Manager, with an emphasis on developing an aggressive marketing plan, increasing annual sales, and establishing inventory control procedures. Marketing knowledge or business management knowledge is preferred; computer literacy is essential.
  • Photo/Video Intern:  The Photo/Video Coordinators handle all documentation at FWM, including on-site video and photo documentation of artists' projects and activities at the Museum. The Coordinators also create and organize a photo and slide archives of projects and handle multi-media equipment for events, lectures, and exhibitions. The Intern will assist with video/photo shoots of artists' projects in process and finished artworks, organization of photo/slide archives, and also help set up multi-media equipment. Practical knowledge of photography, videography, and computer skills--including Photoshop, Illustrator, and some database programs--is required.
  • Studio Internships:  The FWM Studio staff works with artists-in-residence on research, planning, and execution of artist projects. The Studio intern will have an opportunity to work in a creative and unique environment with experienced art professionals. Candidates should have a strong interest in art, be detail-oriented, work well with their hands, and be self-motivated. Studio internships are offered on an as needed basis.
Internship applicants must submit:
  • A cover letter stating the reason for applying and what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship experience
  • A résumé
  • A list of relevant coursework
After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. EOE. No phone calls, please.