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.


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, October 2nd, 2015
End Date: December 11th, 2015 (end date is flexible)
Deadline to apply: **Extended** Monday, September 21st
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 Please title the email ‘Photo Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

Youth Programs

School Programs Internship

Dates: Weekday mornings, must commit to a full academic school year (October-June)
Hours per week: 6 hours per week
(this includes: 2 hour meetings once a month and a minimum of 4 tours per month)
Deadline to Apply: Accepting applications on an ongoing basis; final deadline Sept. 18th.
Description: As a School Programs Intern, you will lead interactive field trips (grades 3-12) and help brainstorm new activities for future tours based on our exhibitions. You’ll empower youth with immersive explorations throughout our entire museum, integrating both art and history to help them build a stronger, more connected Santa Cruz. This is an unpaid volunteer position and 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 2016 and are seeking bilingual applicants.
Send cover letter and resume to School Programs Coordinator, Jamie Keil at:
For more information call 831.429.1964 ext 7020


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