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Internships

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.

Community Programs

Community Programs Fall Internship

Hours: 10-15 hours per week
Days: Minimum of 2 days per week, days are flexible Monday-Thursday but Fridays are required. 
Reports to: 3rd Friday Community Programs Coordinator 
Start Date:  October 1st, 2016
End Date: June 2017 
Deadline to apply: September 8th, 2016
Positions Available: 3
Position Summary: This position supports planning and producing innovative, participatory community programs called 1st Friday and 3rd Friday (occurring every 1st Friday and 3rd Friday of the month respectively). Interns will collaborate with local community members and lead an art or history activity at each 3rd Friday and help facilitate intergenerational art activities for 1st Friday events. Interns will gain experience in: arts education, event planning, museum programs, designing and leading art activities, collaboration, and community engagement. Read full description here.


How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Helen Aldana, Community Programs Coordinator at helen@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Community Programs Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

 

Marketing

 

Photo Internship

Hours: 2-5 hours per week
Days: Event days. Must be able to attend two events per month (First Fridays, 3rd Fridays, etc.) and one monthly group meeting (last Fridays of the month)
Reports to: Marketing & Engagement Coordinator
Start Date: Saturday, October 1st
End Date: Friday, December 16th, 2016 (end date is flexible)

Deadline to apply: Friday, September 16th, 2016
Positions Available: 3
Position Summary:
Capture dynamic and engaging media from our events, exhibitions, and day-to-day operations. Prioritize creative content. Must be comfortable interacting with people—sometimes in a hectic and crowded setting.  Learn and practice the museum’s mission in a way that highlights the heart of the organization itself through your photography.Read the full description here.
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and link to your work via email to Elise Granata, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator at elise@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Photo Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

 

Film Internship

Hours: 2-5 hours per week
Days: TBD – Will be based on your schedule and the filming appointments we make
Reports to: Marketing & Engagement Coordinator
Start Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016
End Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016 (end date is flexible)
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Positions Available: 1
Position Summary:
The museum is amazing because of its community. This internship will create original content sharing the stories of museum artists, collaborators, firebreathers, youth activists and researchers through creative and witty strategies. The Film Intern is a passionate storyteller with a love for compelling documentary, interviewing, and sharp editing. Must be comfortable interacting with people, group brainstorming, and workshopping ideas. This internship has an emphasis on experimentation and quick turnaround; you must be flexible, curious, and willing to try new ideas. Staying abreast of trends in museum and other social non-profit videomaking is a plus. Read the full description here.


How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and link to your work via email to Elise Granata, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator at elise@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Film Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

Youth & School Programs

School Programs Internship

Hours: Minimum of 6 hours per week, available 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Days:  Minimum of 1-2 days per week, days are flexible Mondays – Fridays. 
Reports to: Youth Programs Catalyst, Jamie Keil
Start Date: October 1st 2016
End Date: June 9th 2017
Deadline to apply: September 16th 2016 

Position Summary:

As a School Programs Intern, your role will be: Community Builder. At the Santa Cruz  Museum of Art and History you will empower youth through art and history.  You will lead energetic, interactive school field trips that fuse Santa Cruz history with dynamic art making and History! As a Community Builder, you’ll sometimes step into the shoes of an important figure in Santa Cruz history. Lead dynamic scavenger hunts. Share interactive zines with teens. This position provides an experience for those with a strong interest in education. You will assist with curriculum development, lesson planning, public speaking and delivering accurate information. You will energize students through passionate recreations of moments in Santa Cruz history, and bridge this through art.

Interns will gain experience in: arts education, event planning, lesson planning, public speaking, museum programs and community engagement.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus.

Must be available for intern Orientation, October 1st, 2016:9 am – 1 pm.

Must be available to help with our Event, GLOW on October 22nd, 2016: 5 pm – 11 pm.

Read Full Description here

How to apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Jamie Keil, Youth Programs Catalyst, jamie@santacruzmah.org , by September 16, 2016. Please label subject as ‘School Programs Intern Application’.

 

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