The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Jobs and Internships


There are no job openings at this time.


We have several internship opportunities at the MAH. An internship is different from volunteering in that we ask you to make a significant time commitment to the museum, take responsibility for a specific project, and learn to work across many areas of the museum. Each intern has a manager on staff who will work with you to develop a project plan, provide mentorship throughout the project, and provide feedback on your work. All MAH internships are unpaid. It is possible to get school credit if that works for your professors/teachers/administrators.

We offer internships in three time frames:

  • summer
  • school year
  • other – usually short-term intensives for graduate students or professionals
Applications for open internships are accepted on a rolling basis. When we find the right person, we close the internship. If you’re interested in something, don’t wait to apply…

Please note that internships at the MAH are a full-contact sport. We don’t have a comprehensive program to provide extensive training or structure, and things move quickly here. That can be exciting or chaotic depending on how you look at it. Successful MAH interns are self-directed, energized about the opportunity to take on significant projects, and undaunted by the unknown. Feel free to talk with us more about what the experience is like (or read blog posts by our interns!) to make sure it’s right for you.

Abbott Square (Public Plazas)

Public Playmaking Internship

Deadline to Apply: Monday, June 19, 2017

Hours: Minimum of 6-20 hours per week; days & hours to be determined by your availability

START DATE: Summer Intern Orientation – Thursday, June 22nd, 12-3pm

END DATE: End of August 2017 (opportunity open to extend through Fall)

Reports to: Public Playmaking Catalyst

What makes this internship awesome: You will help build the MAH’s first ever Public Playmaking Troupe, a band of enthusiastic, creative Ringleaders-in-Chief who will warmly welcome visitors to engage with interactive experiences in Abbott Square! You get to bring your most playful self to this intimate troupe of interns and push each other to new levels of creative invitation. You’ll get to interact with thousands of visitors coming for the first time to Abbott Square, a project that will transform Santa Cruz County for years to come.

Read full description on how to apply here.


Lost Childhoods 

Lost Childhoods Art Ambassador Internship

Deadline to Apply: June 2, 2017

Hours4-8 hours per week, Friday nights are required and events as needed

Start Date: Summer Intern Orientation: Thursday, June 22nd at 12pm

End Date: End of September, 2017

Reports to: Dialogue Catalyst

What makes this internship awesome: You’ll introduce museum visitors to new ways of thinking, learn about local art and youth, and make discoveries about community members around them. You will be plugged into a dynamic dialogue-oriented team to engage museum visitors, educators, college and youth groups, and the Santa Cruz community with the Lost Childhoods exhibition. This’ll allow you to take on a ‘docent’ role but turn up the volume a few notches!

Read full description and how to apply here


Youth Programs


Youth Programs Lead Intern – Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Hours: 10 -12 hours per week

Start date/end date: September 15th, 2017 – June 15th, 2018
What makes this opportunity awesome:

You will learn about all the behind the scenes work that makes museum field trips possible. You will get to lead field trips for students of all ages; you will design activities that thousands of students will be participating in; and you will be essential in helping train volunteers and interns within youth programs.

Read full description on how to apply here.


Young Writers Program

The Young Writers Program Writing Project Assistant serves students in grades 4-12 in a variety of countywide classrooms including Alternative Education sites. The Writing Project Assistant provides students with one-on-one attention to their writing, with an effort to engage in active listening to encourage and support student voices.

Writing Project Assistants are asked to:

  • Contribute at least 2 hours a week in volunteer hours.
  • Attend Young Writers Program trainings, particularly the Best Practices training held in September and January
  • Follow the classroom teacher’s lead: please respect the teacher’s methods and style
  • Attend orientation meetings for each project
  • Follow the school rules as laid out in the orientation
  • Respect students and the teacher by being on time to the classroom session
  • Direct all concerns about a particular student to the teacher

Interested? Contact Robin Estrin at