The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Jobs and Internships


No current openings.


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 timeframes:

  • 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.


Abbott Square Outreach Intern

Dates: May 22nd, 2015 – August 28th, 2015
Hours per week: 15-20 hrs per week
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Positions Available: 1
Description: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 its opening this Summer.This position serves two capacities.Outreach – Lead promotional efforts in creative ways to get the word out about Abbott Square events and exhibitions. This is less about flyering, and more about “sneaky” ways to promote (think: pop-up libraries, flash mobs, distributing an army of plastic animals around downtown leading to the Square). You’ll also captain the Abbott Square “swag bar,” a DIY workshop for the community to make their own shirts, buttons, and stickers related to Abbott SquareDevelopment – This summer, we’re beginning a crowdfunding campaign to fund the last part of Abbott Square. You’ll get to meet our donors, enter data on who is awesome enough to support the project,  and seek out cool people/businesses/spaces to reach out to for local fundraising.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Marketing & Engagement Coordinator Elise Granata at elise[at]santacruzmah[dot]org. Learn more about how to apply here.

Photo/Video Internship

Dates: June 19th 2015 – August 21st, 2015
Hours per week: 3-4 hrs per week
Deadline to Apply: Open until filled, apply today!
Positions Available: 2
DescriptionThis position supports Marketing at the MAH by creating dynamic and engaging media from our events, exhibitions, and day-to-day operations. Marketing at the MAH takes on an engaged, adaptive and creative approach. An open exchange of ideas is encouraged. Meeting deadlines is necessary. Your path at the museum is up to you: at the minimum, you will generate great content to be shared between visitors, used across all of MAH’s social media, printed materials, and fundraising initiatives. At the maximum, you could create an independent photo/video project for the MAH that will be used across all departments of the museum and add incredible content to your portfolio.  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 or film.
Please send a resume, cover letter and link to your website/portfolio/content that you have created. Learn more about how to apply here.
 School Year Internships will be offered Fall 2015 through Spring 2016. These internships will be posted in May 2015.

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: