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Students enjoy many part-time paid positions at the museum. Pay is $10 per hour. Work-study students are welcome.

Work at the Nasher Museum as a Student Gallery Guide!

Love art? Enjoy conversations about culture and society? The Nasher Museum welcomes undergraduate students from all majors to apply. Student guides learn how to give guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions. They work with K-12 school groups, adult visitors, people with dementia and Duke class visits. Arts major not required.

Learn more and complete the online application. Applications are due by Friday, December 10.

Yijun Qian, who graduated in December 2016 with a master’s degree in engineering management, chose Allegorical Portrait of a Lady (after Caspar Netscher), attributed to Pieter Cornelisz van Slingeland, as one of her favorite works of art at the Nasher. The museum could not open without the student guards who assist with museum security.

This painting always catches my eye when I enter the gallery. The woman is depicted so elegantly with her silver dress and her pose. I also like how everything in the painting is symbolic, like the plant the woman is stepping on. It’s like a puzzle trying to figure out what the details mean.

Yijun Qian, who graduated in December 2016 with a master’s degree in engineering management.

Office/Research Assistant

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 please contact Carolyn Watson, HR Specialist, ( or 919-684-3307.

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