The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Directions & Admission
The MAH is open during construction. Enter on Cooper Street for your creative community experience.

Jobs and Internships


There are currently 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.


Public Spaces

Public Playmaking Internship

Deadline to Apply: March 1st

HoursMinimum of 6-10 hour per week; days & hours to be determined by your availability

START DATE: Orientation: Saturday, March 11, 9:00-11:00am

END DATE: June 2017 (opportunity open to extend through summer)

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 and information 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