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Education is at the heart of everything we do at the Barnes Foundation.


The Barnes employs individuals in a variety of full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions in an inclusive and creative environment. We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; retirement plans; flexible spending; and commuter transit and parking benefits.

Community Connector

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking two part-time hourly Community Connectors to join our Community Engagement team. The Community Connectors will work with our Community Engagement team and be part of the Virtual Reality (VR) Experience Project, a grant-funded opportunity consisting of community-based meetups and museum visits. The Community Connectors facilitate VR goggle experiences at community partner locations, and then connect their community group through field trips, leading on-site tours, and guiding authentic experiences at the Barnes Foundation. Community Connectors take responsibility to engage their community groups, and ensure a broader understanding of visiting museums, the Barnes and its collection, and ways of looking at art.

Special Project Coordinator

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a part-time Special Project Coordinator. This position provides a groundbreaking opportunity to work and learn at the intersection of education, arts and culture, and social justice. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day site coordination and relationship building with pre-K children ages 3–5, their families, and teaching artists to ensure smooth participation in the Barnes and Puentes de Salud grant-funded initiative Bridges to the Arts / Puentes a las Artes. This includes school and community site logistics, family/child registrations and attendance, coordination of multi-site staff, and student/family support.

Art Team Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking part-time Art Team Associates. Stationed in the permanent collection galleries, Art Team Associates engage visitors in conversation about the Barnes collection and its history. Team members speak casually with guests, sharing information and answering art-related (and other) questions; they also deliver short orientation talks as well as “pop-up talks” focused on specific works. Art Team members use allotted study time to learn about the collection and to prepare for the continually changing roster of talks. They ensure the safety of the collection by paying attention to visitor behavior and intervening when necessary. They also advance the educational mission of the Barnes by helping to teach staff and volunteers about the collection.

Exhibition Registrar

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Exhibition Registrar. The Exhibition Registrar will project manage exhibitions, manage shared exhibition resources—budgets, exhibition descriptions, checklists, images and credit lines, catalog information, label text, etc.—and manage post-exhibition documentation.

Visitor Experience Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Visitor Experience Associate will serve as a customer-relations representative for all visitors, addressing unexpected changes, requests, and unusual circumstances as they arise. Visitor Experience Associates are part of a team that is truly the face of the Barnes Foundation.

For questions about employment opportunities, call 215.278.7040 or email us.

The Barnes is a Drug-Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a policy to recruit, retain, and promote without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other legally protected status.


We offer a summer, spring, and fall internships, in a variety of departments, for undergraduate and graduate students. Our interns work with experts in their fields, gain valuable job experience, and engage in meaningful work.

Application deadlines:

Summer internships: February 1
Fall internships: June 1
Spring internships: October 1

Apply online. Applicants will be notified of their status about six weeks after the application deadline.

Second Century Internship Funding We are pleased to offer two stipends of $2,500 each for undergraduate summer interns, with the goal of making internship opportunities more accessible to students. We encourage students of color, those who are underrepresented in the cultural sector, and students from low-income backgrounds to apply. See application for more details.

Other paid internship opportunities are available through Studio Institute’s Arts Intern program.


Volunteering at the Barnes provides unique access to our collections, programs, and staff, as well as opportunities to work with other art and horticulture enthusiasts. We accept general volunteers in a variety of departments in our Philadelphia campus, from archives to conservation to visitor services.

School Group Guides Our School Group Guides give gallery lessons to students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Community Engagement Volunteers
These volunteers work with the public—especially children and families—at the Barnes and off-site in Philadelphia communities. They help with activities such art making, guided experiences, and conversations about art.

Docents Docents serve the needs and interests of our visitors, creating welcoming and informative educational experiences in our galleries. Because they are on the front line of our visitor experience, docents must complete a rigorous training program. For more information, email our director of volunteers, gallery guides, and art team. We are now accepting applications for our next docent training program, starting in February 2020.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.

Campus Outreach Council

The Barnes Foundation’s Campus Outreach Council brings together rising sophomore, junior, and senior college and university students from the Philadelphia area. Council members serve as a liaison on their respective college campuses while helping the Barnes better communicate with a college-age demographic. At monthly meetings, members get a behind-the-scenes look at the Barnes as well as the chance to build relationships with students from neighboring schools.

Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Campus Outreach Council are no longer being accepted.

Applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline as to their status.