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

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 Carolyn Watson, HR Specialist, (carolyn.watson@duke.edu) or 919-684-3307.

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 Carolyn W. Watson, HR Specialist, (carolyn.watson@duke.edu) or 919-684-3307.


Job Level 12, Job Code 2400, Job Family 28

Manage, plan and coordinate activities associated with the physical, environmental and security operations of the Nasher Museum of Art.  Secure services to meet museum needs for physical aspects of daily operations, maintenance, repairs, renovations and new construction.


  • Manage, plan, coordinate and monitor the physical, environmental and security conditions and general maintenance of the building facilities and grounds of the Nasher Museum of Art.
  • Secure and coordinate related services with appropriate departments or outside organizations including, but not limited to, housekeeping, HVAC, structural and cosmetic repairs, and maintenance of safety features; solicit proposals and/or bids from alternative service providers where appropriate and make recommendations for optimal selection.  Determine priorities for the enhancement, repair and modification of building facilities and equipment; develop plans for enhancement as well as ongoing and preventive maintenance of facilities.
  • Coordinate with Special Events Coordinator, Registrar, Chief Preparator to co-manage all activities and functions with the museum, on the ground, and at off-site storage facilities.
  • Coordinate with Manager of Protection Services to update plans for response to and recovery from emergency and disaster conditions as pertaining to assigned building (s); lead and participate in implementation of emergency plans in appropriate situations.
  • Monitor and analyze building conditions and assigned building management resources; prepare reports setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations and conclusions; advise other museum staff as required, regarding building conditions and utilization as affected by repair/maintenance/enhancement activities.
  • Make work assignments and coordinate multiple maintenance trade and security activities where appropriate; recommend various personnel actions for assigned employees including, but not limited to, hiring, performance appraisals, promotions, transfers, and vacation schedules.
  • Manage key and card access system for museum users to provide necessary access while protecting against unauthorized access to restricted areas.
  • Coordinate and support communication and media technology for all areas of the Nasher Museum preferred.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.  The above statements describe general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.  This not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Work generally requires the ability to coordinate activities, analyze diverse situations and recommend appropriate conclusions normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree program.

Work generally requires the ability to organize and coordinate a variety of facility maintenance and management activities normally acquired through three years of directly related experience; information technology experience is preferred.

To apply visit the careers section of Duke’s Office of Human Resources website (hr.duke.edu) and search for job requisition number: 401296620.

Once applicant has applied through Duke’s Office of Human Resources website, a resume and cover sheet should also be sent to carolyn.watson@duke.edu.

Please no phone inquiries.


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.

Want to learn about museum career paths? Find out more.

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.