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 research and cataloging of the Weapons Collection. The intern will gain specific experience in provenance research and object identification while gaining a broad hands-on experience in object handling, inventory procedures, move procedures, and digitization of collections. Responsibilities will include utilizing reference materials, collections documentation, and other available search aids to catalog objects from the Weapons Collection. Upon completion of the internship students will have gained insights into the museum profession and have a basic knowledge of registration and collection management techniques.

Interns are required to work an average of 8 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 advisor or department chair to find out about your school’s requirements.

Experience and Skills: Upper level undergraduate or graduate level students interested in curation, collections management, or registration are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to currently enrolled students who have experience with weapons and/or have 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 cataloging and object handling which requires a detail-oriented individual with good judgment, diligence, and the ability to work carefully with multiple kinds of records and objects. Interns must have manual dexterity, follow detailed instructions, and perform work in an accurate and careful manner. Position also requires excellent computer skills with the ability to quickly learn software programs.

Application Process

Please follow specific instructions below. Your application will not be considered unless all materials are received.

  1. Submit your resume and cover letter to Indicate the title of the department intern position you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. Your cover letter should include:
    • Your name
    • Title of the specific internship you are applying for
    • Reasons for wanting the position
    • The skills you hope to learn
    • Future career plans
  2. Fill out and submit this internship application.

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