We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2015 teen employment. Deadline to apply is March 20, 2015.

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Note: Teen employment opportunities for Summer 2015 are currently only for City of Boston residents. Please check back for updates.

Teen Arts Council

The Teen Arts Council (TAC) is a leadership development program using the apprenticeship model for a group of teenagers that serves to connect the MFA with Greater Boston’s teens, families, and communities. In paid positions, the TAC members are introduced to a wide range of museum professions and learning opportunities while also gaining valuable work experience.

Throughout the year, TAC members have the opportunity to work on a variety of activities such as creating and producing teen-focused events, greeting and giving information to Museum visitors, and creating wall labels to accompany the Museum’s art collections. They also attend workshops and training sessions designed to develop their creative and critical thinking skills. Apply here.

Teen Arts Council is funded by the Yawkey Foundations, the Pamela D. and Robert W. Adams Fund, the Dorothy B. and Owen W. Robbins Teen Arts Council Fund, the Dean Welfare Trust, the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Endowment for the Teen Arts Council, and the Paul and Edith Babson Foundation. With special thanks to Richard and Priscilla Hunt for their generous support.

Sponsored by John Hancock.

Teen Visitor Aides and Program Assistants (for teens registered with the Boston Youth Fund)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) offers unique opportunities for teens to work and gain valuable experience in a vibrant and creative environment. MFA offers opportunities for teens to work as teen visitor aides or teen program assistants. Successful teen employees of the MFA are creative, organized, pay close attention to detail, able to make decisions under pressure, patient, flexible, and happy to help in any situation. Teens also have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops facilitated by Museum staff with other teens that are involved with the Museum. Apply here.

To find out more about the Teen Programs at the MFA, please contact 617-369-4359 or


Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteers assist in a variety of departments within the MFA including Education, Lectures and Concerts, Development, and Libraries and Archives. The experience is one of enrichment where Museum staff members form a mentoring relationship with the volunteer. Teens also have the opportunity to attend workshops facilitated by Museum staff with other teens that are involved with the Museum. 

Teens aged 15-18 are welcome to apply for posted volunteeer opportunities for which they have the required experience, skills and time/schedule availability. Be sure to review the descriptions carefully for the posted schedule, mindful that most volunteer opportunities require availability within normal business hours (i.e. Mon-Fri, 9a-5p) although a few require evening and/or weekend committments.  

Also, volunteer opportunities at the Museum of Fine Arts are designed to provide long-term/ongoing support to the operations of the Museum. Therefore, we do not offer short-term volunteer opportunities which accommodate or satisfy the variety of volunteer/service learning/community service requirements of many high schools. Please visit here for more information.

Unfortunately, we will not be offering any summer-specific teen volunteer opportunities this summer. 

Art Engagement

Studio Art Classes

The MFA and our partner institutions offer one-day workshops, four-day intensives, and multi-week courses for teens ranging from painting, sculpting, and making jewelry to creating your own comic book. See upcoming teen classes.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA)

Did you know the MFA shares its campus with one of the most prestigious art schools in the country? SMFA offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and has many workshops and portfolio labs for high school students who are looking to explore a new medium or prepare a portfolio of work for their college applications. During the summer, SMFA’s Pre-College Summer Studio is an intensive 3 or 5-week program that immerses teen artists in nine different disciplines.