The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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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 Internship

Hours: 18-24 hours per week
Days: Minimum of 3 days per week, days are flexible Tuesday-Thursday but Fridays are required. 
Reports to: Community Programs Coordinator 
Start Date: Thursday June 23rd, 2016
End Date: August 21st, 2016
Deadline to apply: June 13th, 2016
Positions Available: 2
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 Nora Grant, Community Programs Coordinator at norag@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Community Programs Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

Community Engagement Internship

Hours: 12-15 hours per week
Days: Minimum of 2 days per week, days are flexible Tuesday-Thursday but Fridays and some weekends are required. 
Reports to: Community Programs Coordinator Sandino Gomez
Start Date: Wednesday June 1st, 2016
End Date: September 1st, 2016
Deadline to apply: May 15th, 2016
Positions Available: 1
Position Summary: This position supports community engagement in museum programs and community partnerships. Interns will assist in outreach program partnerships and outreach tabling at different festivals in the community, assist when necessary with our Pop Up Museum program, collaborate with community members, assist in engagement research and assist with large festival museum events. Interns will gain experience in: arts education, museum programs and community engagement.  See Full Description Here

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Sandino Gomez, Community Programs Coordinator at sandino@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Community Engagment 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: Friday, June 3rd, 2016
End Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016 (end date is flexible)
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, May 18th, 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.

Youth & School Programs

Youth Programs Internship

Hours: Minimum of 20-30 hours per week 10-5PM, 2-9PM on event nights.  

Days:  Minimum of 3 days per week, days are flexible Tuesday- Friday but Wednesday, Thursday, and

          Friday are preferred

Reports to: Youth Programs Team

Start Date: June 23rd

End DateAugust 23rd

Deadline to apply: April 15th 

 

Position Summary:

The Youth Programs Intern assists in planning, designing and collaborating on creative and participatory programs for our cultural festivals and school programs. In addition, intern assist in other summer programs including 1st Friday, 3rd Friday and Outreach Programs

This position is geared to work more specifically with our family audiences and prepping our school tour materials for the 2016-2017 school year. Interns will gain experience in: arts education, event planning, museum programs and community engagement.

This candidate must be bilingual (Spanish/English).

Read full description here

How to apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Emily Hope Dobkin, Youth Programs Manager at emily@santacruzmah.org by April 15, 2016.

 

 

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