Students fill many part-time paid positions at the museum. Work-study students are welcome.


The Nasher Museum of Art’s Visitor Services Representative is a dynamic, customer-service based position that offers the opportunity to work in a contemporary art setting with an international reputation and record of diverse, engaging exhibitions. Representatives work with professional museum staff and expert art educators to deliver a positive and informed visitor experience while furthering their art history knowledge (with emphasis on modern/contemporary art), developing their customer service skills, and participating in the daily operations of a visual arts museum.

Position Description:  8-15 hours a week at the Nasher Museum Information Desk, with at least two weekend days a month.


  • Deliver welcoming introduction and offer friendly, informed customer service
  • Inform visitors of museum policies
  • Offer hands-on assistance to visitors with disabilities or special needs.
  • Address visitors/staff in a professional, respectful manner
  • Take initiative to converse with visitors about the museum, exhibitions, events
  • Process memberships and encourage visitor support
  • Handle phone inquiries and direct to the appropriate staff person, as needed
  • Follow museum staff policies and procedures
  • Notify supervisor as directed for requested time off
  • Arrive promptly for all shifts
  • Find a replacement if unable to attend a shift
  • Check staff calendar updates, tour notes, and event notifications each shift
  • Participate in educational exhibition opportunities (researching artists, reading prepared materials, shadowing a group tour, etc.)
  • Perform daily front desk operational tasks
  • Handle cash
  • Record daily admissions
  • Process tours and direct groups when needed
  • Promptly assist senior staff members with tasks, as needed


  • Enrollment in Duke University (either Undergraduate or Graduate studies), with background in Art History or Visual Arts preferred
  • Cash-handling and customer service/hospitality experience
  • Ability and eagerness to work with diverse audience/staff
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Ability to work one weekly Tues-Fri shift and at least two weekend shifts a month

Mission Statement: 

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including Duke students, faculty, and staff, the greater Durham community, the Triangle region, and the national and international art community. The museum is dedicated to an innovative approach, and presents collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs that attain the highest level of artistic excellence, stimulate intellectual discourse, enrich individual lives, and generate new knowledge in the service of society. Drawing on the resources of a leading research university, the museum serves as a laboratory for interdisciplinary approaches to embracing and understanding the visual arts.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Duke University & The Nasher Museum of Art prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, or genetic information.

“Interested students, please send a resume and cover letter to Melissa Gwynn: melissa.gwynn@duke.edu.


Gallery Guides lead tours of the museum for K-12 students, adult groups and the public. Students must commit to 3 semesters. Recruiting is done at the end of the spring semester. If interested contact, Associate Curator of Education, Jessica Kay Ruhle (jessica.ruhle@duke.edu).

Periodically, work-study positions are available with specific museum departments, including curatorial, education, membership, registrar, special events and public affairs. For information about possible openings, contact Kate Piva, Deputy Director of Operations, (kate.piva@duke.edu) or 919-684-5126.

Security guards patrol the galleries to ensure the protection of artwork, report safety violations, and answer visitors’ questions during business hours, including weekends, and for evening events. If interested, contact Protection Services Manager, Sgt. Jimmie Jones (jimmie.jones@duke.edu) or 919-684-3352.


Graduate assistants provide support to the office of Academic Programs. Assistants organize and lead tours for university classes visiting exhibitions at the Nasher, lead discussions in study storage, research on the permanent collection, and complete various administrative tasks, among other responsibilities. If interested, contact Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, (erin.hanas@duke.edu) or 919-684-8067. Complete details.

For general information on application and hiring procedures, please contact Kate Piva, Deputy Director of Operations, (kate.piva@duke.edu) or 919-684-5126.

There are currently no job opportunity postings.


ARTHIST 310 and ARTHIST 311 are practicums held at the Nasher Museum, designed to provide professional museum experience as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its operations from a variety of viewpoints. Students must be available for a total commitment of approximately 6 hours/week for a weekly seminar with museum staff, plus 5 hours working in the intern’s assigned department (schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Students are evaluated on their work in their assigned departments, participation in the weekly seminar, and the completion of short, written assignments such as a blog post, artwork spotlight, and exhibition analysis. Grades are assigned by the supervising staff in consultation with the instructor.

Interns may apply to work with the following departments: academic programs, business office, curatorial, communications/marketing, development/external relations, museum education, or registrar/collections management. NOTE: only one student each semester will be assigned to the curatorial department.

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To apply for the internship complete the application and send it, along with a current résumé and cover letter that outlines how the internship fits into your educational and career goals and includes your first and second choices for departments, to Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs (marianne.wardle@duke.edu). Students will be interviewed by the pertinent museum department, and if selected will be given a permission number to enroll.


The Nasher Museum offers paid summer internships for Duke Students:


Volunteer opportunities at the Nasher Museum are open to those aged 16 years and older.

The museum does not have a volunteer coordinator on staff, therefore volunteer requests are handled exclusively via e-mail.

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping children with craft projects during our free Family Days
  • Staffing the information desk on our free Thursday evenings
  • Representing the museum at local festivals and fairs
  • Stuffing envelopes
  • Data entry
  • Miscellaneous office support

Please join the Nasher volunteers e-mail listserv to receive updates on volunteer opportunities. Send an e-mail to sympa@duke.edu with “subscribe nasher-volunteers” in the subject (not the body) of the e-mail (without the quotation marks).

When volunteers are needed, announcements will be made via e-mail through the listserv and you will be asked to directly contact the appropriate museum staff member.