The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Jobs and Internships

Jobs

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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

Dates: 1-2 days per week, days are flexible Tuesday- Friday, but must be available Friday Nights
Hours per week: Minimum of 12-15 Hours per week 
Deadline to Apply: September 8th 2015
Description: 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. 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

Dates: 1-2 days per week, days and hours are flexible Tuesday – Friday, but must be available some Friday evenings and weekends
Hours per week: Approximately 10-12 Hours per week 
Deadline to Apply: September 15th 2015
Description: 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. Click Here to read Full Description
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Sandino Gomez, Community Programs Coordinator  at sandino (at) santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Community Engagement Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

Marketing

Guerrilla Marketing Internship

Hours: 5-10 hours per week
Days: 1-2 days at MAH and outreaching in community as needed. Must be able to attend at least one event per month (First Fridays, 3rd Fridays, etc.) and a monthly meeting
Reports to: Marketing & Engagement Coordinator
Start Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015
End Date: December 11th, 2015 (end date is flexible)
Deadline to apply: Monday, September 14th, 2015
Positions Available: 5
Position Summary:
This position supports the Marketing & Engagement Coordinator in creative marketing strategies—emphasis on creative. This isn’t a desk-heavy position. This is a role on the front-lines, prioritizing exciting outreach ideas and lots of interaction with people. Read full description here.
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Elise Granata, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator at elise@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Guerrilla Marketing Intern Application’ and clearly state your availability in the body of the email.

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: Monday, September 14th, 2015
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.

Abbott Square Outreach Internship

Hours: 15-20 hours per week
Days: 1-2 days per week, including a monthly meeting and 3-4 mandatory events
Reports to: Marketing & Engagement Coordinator and Director of Development & Communications
Start Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015
End Date: December 11th, 2015 (end date is flexible)
Deadline to apply: Monday, September 14th, 2015
Positions Available: 1
Position Summary:
Abbott Square is a central gathering place for our community. It’s the new front porch of the Museum of Art & History. It’s where food, art, and performance come together to thrive. And you’re going to help signal boost our need for fundraising this fall. Read full description here.
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Elise Granata, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator at elise@santacruzmah.org. Please title the email ‘Abbott Square Outreach 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 (September-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. 8.
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:  jamie@santacruzmah.org
For more information call 831.429.1964 ext 7020

 

Youth Programs Internship

Dates:  1-2 days per week, days are flexible Tuesday-Friday, but must be available Friday Night
Hours Per Week: Minimum of 8-12 hours per week
Deadline to Apply: Accepting applications on an ongoing basis until September 8th 2015
Description: The Youth Programs Intern assists in planning, designing, collaborating, and teaching creative and participatory programs including our “Kid Happy Hour” before our monthly 3rd Friday series. In addition, interns assist in other cultural programs such as our annual Dia de los Muertos Community Festival. This position is geared to work more specifically with our family audiences and implementation of our family programs. Interns will gain experience in: arts education, event planning, museum programs and community engagement. Read full description here.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Emily Hope Dobkin at emily@santacruzmah.org, Youth Programs Manager. Please title the email ‘Youth Programs Intern Application’ and clearly stare your availability in the body of the email.

 

Teen Programs Internship

Dates: Mondays 3:00-6:30 (S2C Meeting Day) + intern meeting day TBD (2 hours); additional time to manage social media outlets. Occasional Friday evenings.
Hours Per Week: Minimum of 6-10 Hours per week
Deadline to Apply: Accepting applications on an ongoing basis until September 8th 2015
Description: The Teen Program Intern assists in planning, collaborating, designing, promoting and writing about our teen program, Subjects to Change. This position is geared to work more specifically with our teen and young adult audiences, in addition to the implementation of our teen program. Interns will gain experience in: arts education, event planning, museum programs, arts marketing and community engagement. Read full description here.
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Emily Hope Dobkin at emily@santacruzmah.org, Youth Programs Manager. Please title the email ‘Teen Programs Intern Application’ and clearly stare your your availability in the body of the email.

 

 

 

 

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