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Current Internship Opportunities


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 diverse 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, but eligible for school credit.

How to apply

Review current internship opportunities below. All internships have an application deadline of May 15th, 2018. Use this form to apply for the internship of your choice. Questions? Get in touch with Elise Granata at or (831) 429-1963 x 7028.

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Current Summer Internship Opportunities

Intercultural Programs Internship

Start & End date:  June 18 – August 25, 2018
Hours: 10-15 hours per week. Must be available Wednesday evenings, occasional weekends (dates in description). Other days of the week are flexible
Application Deadline: May 15th, 2018
What makes this opportunity awesome: You will help generate creative learning spaces for participants to engage with art, history, and their community. From storytelling to collaborative art works, you will be building opportunities for open dialogue, playful interactions, and idea sharing.

Click here for the full description. Click here to apply.

Creative Programs Internship

Hours: 10-20 hours per week
Application Deadline: May 15th, 2018
Dates: June 21st, 2018 – August 25th, 2018 Must have availability Friday Nights and Sunday Days Reports to: Jamie Keil, Creativity Catalyst

What makes this opportunity awesome: You will help build the amazing, creative, hands-on experiences for all ages at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and Abbott Square. You get to bring your most playful and imaginative self to reach new levels of creative innovation. You’ll get to create, engage, play and interact with thousands of visitors coming to the Museum & Abbott Square.

Click here for the full description. Click here to apply.

Youth Programs Internship

Hours: ​10 – 12 hours per week
Application Deadline: May 15th, 2018
Start date/end date:​ Thursday, June 21st – Friday, August 25th
Reports to: Natalia Cortes, Youth Programs Spark

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 design activities that thousands of students will be participating in during the school year. You will also get to engage with youth across the County in various projects, activities and summer group visits.

Click here for the full description. Click here to apply.