The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Jobs and Internships


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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.

School Year Internships offered Fall 2015 through Spring 2016: More internships will be posted in August 2015:

Community Programs Internship: This position supports creating dynamic community programs at the MAH. Interns will assist in all aspects of community programs including: brainstorming program activities and collaborators, collaborating with community members, and developing and facilitating art or history activities for community events. Interns will gain experience in arts education, event planning, museum programs and community engagement. Learn more and download the application here. 

We are also now recruiting DOCENTS

School Tour Docents

Dates: Weekday mornings, must commit to a full academic school year.
Hours per week: 2 hour docent trainings each month is required, minimum of 2 hours per month for tours
Deadline to Apply: Open until filled, apply today!
Positions Available: 5
Description: This volunteer position leads school tours (K-12) through our art and local Santa Cruz history exhibitions as well as historic Evergreen Cemetery. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who are comfortable with public speaking, have some experience with kids and are excited about local art & history! We will begin offering Bilingual Tours in Fall 2015 and are seeking bilingual applicants.
Contact School Programs Coordinator, Maya Muñoz-Tobón, for more info and how to apply! phone: 831.429.1964 ext 7019 email: