Exhibition Design Assistant

New York, NY
Exhibition Design
Entry Level

The Whitney seeks a temporary, part-time Exhibition Design Assistant to support senior designers in shaping the design and narrative of permanent and special exhibitions, which form the foundation of the Museum’s mission, identity and visitor experience. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist senior staff with exhibition-making process by developing design studies, preparing art layouts, researching installation dimensions/specs/instructions and documenting model layouts and mockups.
  • Produce design renderings, maquettes, study models and other presentation materials to convey design and exhibition scope to Curators, Director, and various other Museum departments and outside parties.
  • Assist in producing architectural design documents from schematics through construction, including prototypes, millwork detailing and material specification.
  • Maintain digital collection archive and maquette library.
  • Maintain department supplies and model area.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • BA in Architecture or related design field.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in architecture or related design field
  • Advanced 2D drafting skills, preferably Vectorworks; advanced 3D modeling skills, preferably Rhino and V-Ray, and fluency in Adobe Suite.
  • Professional experience with millwork detailing, material specifications, and the production of Construction Documents preferred.
  • Facility with model-making, maquette and prototype production.
  • Familiarity with and interest in visual art, particularly modern and contemporary.
  • Excellent concern for details.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced environment on simultaneous projects.
  • Occasional light physical work.
  • Weekend, holiday, and overtime hours may be required during exhibition changeovers.
  • High tolerance for last-minute changes and extensive consensus-building.
  • This position is part time, working on site at the Museum.


  • This is a part-time temporary position (3 days/week for one year's duration) with an hourly wage of $30-33.
  • Generous PTO benefits
  • Commuter benefits - parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally
  • Pet insurance and discounted membership for Citibike

The advertised pay rate is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


About the Whitney 

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement 

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


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