San Diego Museum of Man

The San Diego Museum of Man offers competitive internships that offer real experience working with Museum employees in several departments.

All San Diego Museum of Man internships are unpaid. You must be enrolled in an accredited college or university at the time of your internship in order to qualify for an internship.

Not a student? Not a problem, please apply anyway. However, if granted a position, you will be classified as a Department Volunteer.


Position Description:

The primary focus of the internship will be to support Museum staff with inventory and rehousing of our weapons collection. The intern will gain broad hands-on experience in object handling, inventory procedures, move procedures, and digitizing collections. Responsibilities will include retrieving and re-shelving objects, basic object packing, basic data entry, creating digital catalog records in a database, and photographing artifacts. Interns will also help construct custom archival storage trays for objects.

Working under the supervision of the Collections Manager, interns will also have the opportunity to assist with processing new materials, performing relevant research, assisting with basic preventative conservation, and other department projects as assigned.

Upon completion of the internship students will have gained insights into the museum profession and have a basic knowledge of collection management techniques.

Interns are required to work an average of 10 to 15 hours per week on Mondays through Thursdays only. Hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit individuals’ schedules. Internships last between 12 weeks and 20 weeks. Some institutions will provide academic credit for the Museum internship, please contact your adviser or department chair to find out about your school’s requirements.

Experience and Skills:

Upper level undergraduate or graduate level students interested in collections management, registration, or in general collections care are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to currently enrolled students with upper division course work in museum studies, anthropology, history, or related fields. Interns must have already successfully completed at least one year of college course work.

The position involves intensive object handling and requires a detail-oriented individual with good judgment, diligence, and the ability to work carefully with multiple kinds of objects. Interns must have manual dexterity, follow detailed instructions, and perform work in an accurate and careful manner. The construction of storage mounts requires the precise use of sharp cutting tools with a keen attention to detail. Position also requires excellent computer skills with the ability to quickly learn software programs.

Application Process:

Please submit a letter of interest and resume via email, with “Collections Management Intern” (students only) or “Collections Management Volunteer” (all other applicants) and your name in the subject line to Sharleen Eusebio, Volunteer Programs and Education Associate, at  The letter of interest should address how your skills and experience meet the position’s requirements, the skills you hope to learn from the internship, future career plans, and days/times of availability. Please note that if you are interested in multiple internships or volunteer opportunities, you must submit a separate application for each.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. No phone calls or drop-by inquiries, please.