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Guest Services Spark

Hours:  Part time, nights and weekends as needed
Reports to:  Guest Services Coordinator
Last Revision:  8/18/17
Compensation: $12-$14 per hour based on experience
Deadline:  Rolling, open until filled. Ready to hire now. (if this post is still up, we are still hiring!)

What’s great about this job:
You will serve on a bilingual English/Spanish team who are the face of the MAH to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This team prides itself on creating the absolute best experience for everyone who visits us. You are Igniters-in-Chief — the people who warmly and enthusiastically greet every single person who visits us. You get to take your interactions to the next level by inviting everyone you meet to go deeper at the museum whether it’s through membership, joining our mailing list, or simply coming to our next event.
See the full job description and how to apply here. 


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 two time frames:

  • summer
  • school yearApplications 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.

Youth Programs

Youth Programs Intern – Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Deadline to Apply: September 9th, 2017

Hours: 5-10 hours per week
Start date/end date: September 30th, 2017 – June 9th, 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 and you will assist in designing activities that thousands of students will be participating in.

Read full description on how to apply here : Fall 2017 Youth Programs Intern


Community Programs

Community Programs Intern – Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Deadline to Apply: September 19th, 2017

Hours: 10-12 hours per week
Start date/end date: September 30th, 2017 – June 9th, 2018
What makes this opportunity awesome:

Learn how to create dynamic and memorable programs by sharing ideas, working with community members, and building on the MAH’s Theory of Change. You will get to lead Friday Nights at the MAH and discover new ways to engage and connect Santa Cruz County.

Read full description on how to apply here : Fall 2017 Community Programs Internship


Exhibitions Intern – Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Deadline to Apply: September 11, 2017
Hours: 15-20 hours per week
Start date/end date: September 30th, 2017 – mid December 2017 (end date is flexible)
What makes this opportunity awesome:

Learn how to create participatory exhibitions at the MAH. Interns will assist in exhibition planning and event production, researching exhibition themes and artists, prototyping in-gallery participatory activities,  assist with design, fabrication and  installation.

Read full description on how to apply here :Exhibition Internship Application

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