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.

Volunteering

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.

Employment

 
Currently, there are no open staff positions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. 
 
 

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. Available opportunities:
 
Education Outreach Intern: Build a targeted teen audience for FWM's fall 2019 exhibition by artist Jacolby Satterwhite (September 13, 2019-January 19, 2020). The exhibition features two new immersive video installations—created in collaboration with FWM—which explore virtual and augmented reality, video game history, 3D printing, and personal mythology. The Education Outreach Intern will research and identify youth groups whose work closely aligns with the exhibition themes and schedule meetings, conduct interviews, write reviews and compile information into a digital resource of organizations serving teens, with art, music, performance, poetry, theater or dance as their focus areas. The Intern will be instrumental in both the creation of youth programs for Satterwhite's exhibition and broadening FWM's teen audience for sustained engagement. This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, there is a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. To apply, click this link and follow the application guidelines.
 
 
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 builds relationships and manages press in support of FWM's exhibitions, residencies, and public programs in order to drive audience growth and strethen the cultural impact of the institution. The intern will assist in creating content and developing initiatives for FWM's social media channels and beyond. The intern should be interested in writing, photography and exploring media strategies, with solid communications skills and attention to detail. 
  • Development Intern:  Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Intern will support FWM’s fundraising program. Based on the Museum’s need and the Intern’s skills and interests, s/he will learn the fundamentals of development, including grant writing, gift processing, prospect research, event management, donor cultivation and stewardship, and membership. Excellent writing skills and organizational ability are required. Knowledge of art history and an interest in contemporary art are helpful, as in an interest in a career in fundraising, non-profit management or arts administration. Note: applications for Development Interns should be submitted to lauren@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.
  • 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
Applications can be sent to hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org and should include “Internship Application” in the subject line. 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.