Volunteer/Intern - Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh


Connect with art, science, or natural history—and your community

Expand your horizons, meet interesting people, and surround yourself with some of civilization’s greatest achievements. Whether you work with the public or behind the scenes, volunteering or interning with one of the four Carnegie Museums offers the opportunity to share your passion, gain work experience in a creative environment, support the community, explore your potential, learn something new, and make new friends.

Find your niche as a volunteer
At Carnegie Museums, we celebrate curiosity, discovery, and experiential engagement! Our diverse volunteer community welcomes people of all ages, abilities, educations levels, and employment backgrounds. Opportunities exist for everyone, including teens, students, and adults. Volunteers work on the museum floors with the public and behind-the-scenes with curators, educators, scientists, and other museum staff. Teens also assist with museum summer camps, special projects, and youth programming. 

Intern with us to gain hands-on experience
Limited internships and other experiential learning opportunities are available at all four museums. Some intern positions may require at least one year of college or university to be completed and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Internships are posted throughout the year as opportunities become available. To view the current list of openings, please visit our rolling list of available internships. Use our reference guide when submitting your application.

To apply for an internship, send a letter of intent, a resume, and a letter of reference to: volunteers@carnegiemuseums.org. Include the position title in your subject heading.

The Perks

All volunteers and interns enjoy free admission to all four museums; a subscription to CARNEGIE magazine; discounts on parking, classes, food services and gift shops; networking, recognition, enrichment and social opportunities; and education sessions and training.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Are you a teen who loves Carnegie Museums? Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to spend your summer and gain valuable experience? Apply to become a teen volunteer assistant with our museum summer camps! As a summer camps teen volunteer, you will help museum staff and camp educators with a variety of educational activities to ensure campers have a fun, safe, engaging experience.

  • Carnegie Museum of Art Summer Camps: Teen applicants must be 16+. Click here to apply.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History Summer Camps: Teen applicants must be 14+. Click here to apply.
  • Powdermill Nature Reserve Summer Camps: Teen applicants must be age 14-19. Click here to apply.

Please Note: Volunteer placement is determined by a combination of staffing needs, experience, and availability.

CMOA Youth Art Initiative
Carnegie Museum of Art’s Youth Art Initiative (YAI) is a student-driven high school internship focused on creating museum experiences for Pittsburgh-area teens. Applications open soon! Visit the Youth Creativity page for more information about YAI and other teen programming at CMOA.

CMNH Teen Advisory Board
Interested in helping to shape teen programming at Carnegie Museum of Natural History? Apply to join our teen volunteer advisory board! Teen advisory volunteers will assist museum staff in designing events that fit the needs and desires of CMNH’s teen community and guests. Applications are now open! If interested, please fill out this interest form by January 30, 2024.

AWM Youth Art Council & Teen Events
Youth Arts Council (YAC) is a yearlong leadership program that invites a small team of high school students from across Pittsburgh to go behind the scenes, collaborate with museum staff and artists, create art, and develop public programs and events for other teens. Youth Arts Council participants receive stipends, gain professional experience working in a museum, and learn new skills and techniques. Applications for the 2024-25 school year will open in the fall of 2024. Click here to learn more about YAC and explore other teen programs at The Warhol.

Other Programming Just For Teens
Did you know we offer special ways for teens to discover, engage, tour, explore, and more?
Learn more about our Free Teen Membership and programming.