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 Education and Public Engagement Department of the San Diego Museum of Man is looking for one summer intern to assist with its various Education programs. These internships provide experience working in a variety of Education and Public programs, including Art Studio opportunities and community presentations for our Living with Animals exhibition.

Hours: Interns should expect to work between 10 and 15 hours per week on projects involving the Education and Public Engagement Department. Schedules may vary, though a commitment of regular days and hours per week is desired.

Length of Service: One summer term

Responsibilities:

  • Provide in-classroom and preparatory support during Art Studio classes and summer camp groups. This support will take the form of assisting museum educators and teachers during the programs, facilitating activities with youth groups, and observing and/or evaluating other programs. Interns will work directly with students, prepare materials and classroom spaces, facilitate activities, and take care of administrative tasks related to the program.
  • Facilitate community presenters for the Living with Animals exhibit, including serving as point of contact for presenters, setting up space as needed, inviting visitors to attend presentation, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Conduct research and develop education content in the form of hands-on gallery experiences, online teacher resources, gallery guides, or other materials related to exhibit content. All projects undertaken by the intern will be piloted and evaluated using a process of visitor feedback and self-reflection.
  • Learn about the Museum’s informal education pedagogy through readings and research reflective of best practices in the field of museum education.
  • Meet with at least three Museum staff members in other departments to learn more about the field as a whole.
  • Perform other duties associated as needed.

Requirements:

  • Interest in museums and museum education, anthropology and archaeology, public history, social science, or art.
  • Must have completed at least one semester of college and coursework related to any of the fields listed above.
  • Experience working with young people, especially those aged 9-15 years old.
  • Willingness to work a balance of research and development, teaching support, and organization in the interest of the department’s extensive menu of programs. Must be able to take initiative and at times work independently.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest and resume via email, with “Education and Public Engagement Intern” (students only) or “Education and Public Engagement Volunteer” (all other applicants) and your name in the subject line to Sharleen Eusebio, Volunteer Programs and Education Associate, at volunteers@museumofman.org. 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. It should also answer the following question: how would you bring a diverse perspective to the museum field?

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.