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.

Current Employment Opportunities

Development Assistant
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks a Development Assistant with excellent organizational and time management skills. Reporting to the Artistic Director and the Head of Exhibitions & Publications, the Development Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support that includes the following duties:
  · data entry, filing, and records maintenance
  · gift processing, tracking, and acknowledgement letters
  · assist with annual fund, donor mailings, and the fulfillment of complex grant proposals and reports for a
    portfolio of foundation, government, and corporate constituents
  · creating prospect reports and updating records
  · complete supervised research projects for artist-in-residence and education grant materials
  · provide logistical support for board meetings, exhibit openings, and special events
 Essential Skills and Qualities:
  · BA in Art History (preferred), English or another liberal arts degree
  · Minimum one to two years in not-for-profit fundraising, preferably within a museum and/or arts organization
  · Computer literacy including Mac products; word processing, and spreadsheets, experience with mail-merges
    and with customer or donor databases
  · An effective communicator, both written and oral
  · Detail oriented person with good organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize
  · Self-motivated, comfortable working both independently and collaboratively
  · Ability to interact diplomatically with a wide range of constituents, including donors, artists, educators, studio
    staff, and museum administration
  · Maturity, integrity, and respect for confidentiality
  · Interest in contemporary art museums and non-profits preferred
To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org and write "Development Assistant" in the subject line. Please note in cover letter if full-time or part-time position is desired. Salary based on qualifications and experience. Full-time employment includes benefits. 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 to the Founder & Artistic Director and the Museum Shop Manager, 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. EOE.
Please send cover letter, résumé, and three references to:
Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide Search
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email: tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

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.
  • Curatorial Intern:  The Artistic Director and Director manage all in-house and traveling exhibitions, artist residencies, artist multiples, and special projects. The Curatorial Intern works closely with the Director in researching and writing text for artist residencies and exhibition planning, including gallery notes, and artist biographies. Excellent writing and research skills are required; background in art history or demonstrated experience in the field of contemporary art is preferred.
  • Development Intern:  The Director of Development and Communications oversees the financial matters of the museum, as well as education, publication, and development of programs. Under the supervision of the Director, the Development Intern will supply administrative support to the department responsible for fundraising for the museum's 2.3 million annual budget, including grant writing for government, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship, as well as cultivating museum membership. Excellent writing skills are required, as well as some art history knowledge, non-profit management, or arts administration background is preferred.
  • Education Intern:  Assists with school group planning for the 2012-13 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.
  • 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.
  • Communications Intern:  The Director of Development and Communications coordinates the public relations activities for FWM including media relations, special events, and membership. 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.
  • 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.