The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Job Opportunities

Big Onion Walking Tours Seeks Graduate Students for Walking Tour Guides

Big Onion Walking Tours ( is currently seeking qualified graduate students who are interested in the social and political history of Manhattan & Brooklyn to become walking tour guides. Founded by two graduate students at Columbia University nearly 25 years ago, Big Onion has since grown to be the largest and most scholarly public history walking tour company in the United States — and is still fully staffed by graduate students from local universities!
Big Onion leads over 30 different walks around the city. Tours occur year round on a regular basis for the public, as well as private tours for schools, non-profits, corporations and other organizations. Big Onion is designed to offer flexible year-round, part-time work for graduate students. Not only is leading tours rewarding and fun, but it can be scheduled around guides’ other academic commitments, it pays well, can enhance teaching skills, and is a resume-worthy experience! Many of our guides have gone on to successful careers in academia and related fields. More information about Big Onion and our guides can be found on our website at
If you are pursuing an advanced degree, can hold an audience’s attention, and are interested in taking your skills out of the classroom, contact Seth Kamil, President of Big Onion, at Please email your resume with at least two references. Interviews and hiring preference will be given to those with teaching experience.

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