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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.

Barnes Shop Sales Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Barnes Shop Sales Associate to deliver consistent and superior customer service in the Barnes Shop and to sell products that support the educational and revenue goals of the Barnes Shop.

Barnes Shop Manager

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Shop Manager oversees all administrative, managerial, and performance-based aspects of the Barnes Shop team. The Manager is responsible for staffing the Shop sales floor and managing daily sales transactions. The Manager hires, trains, schedules, and manages Shop Sales Associates, overseeing daily store operations on the selling floor and the delivery of consistent and excellent customer service to the public.

Director of Publications

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Director of Publications works closely with Collections and Research staff, as well as with consulting scholars, to develop and coordinate a program of scholarly and general interest publications for the Barnes Foundation, including collection catalogues (both print and digital), special exhibition catalogues and brochures, and special exhibition didactics. He/she oversees the editorial team responsible for editing content generated across the institution, including marketing materials, educator resources, and online content. He/she oversees the work of the Graphic Design Department and ensures that publications appropriately reflect the Foundation’s brand. He/she works with the Collections, Research, Education, Development, and Retail staffs, as well as other senior staff, to set procedures, schedules, and budgets for all publications (in print and online). The Director of Publications will update the style guide for the Barnes Foundation and its publications, as needed.

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.

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.