San Diego Museum of Man

Exhibits Internship

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.

Exhibits Internship Project Description

Over the last five years the San Diego Museum of Man has built and installed five new exhibits—BEERology, Monsters, Race, Cannibals, and Living with Animals. These new offerings have helped change the face of the Museum and have radically altered the visitor experience. The Exhibit Department is in search of an intern who has the passion and skill to take a lead role in evaluating these new exhibits.

The primary focus of this internship will be to support the Exhibit Designers and Developers in evaluating the new exhibits at the Museum of Man. The intern must be comfortable interviewing and observing visitors, testing prototypes, and summarizing their findings in reports. At completion of the internship students will have gained insights Museum operations and best practices while working with a professional exhibits team.

Interns are required to work an average of 15 to 20 hours per week Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm only. Hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit an individual’s schedule. Internships last between 12 and 20 weeks. If the intern is a student, 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.

Intern Job Duties

  • Assist with producing and testing exhibit prototypes with Museum visitors (20%)
  • Work with exhibits team to craft exhibit evaluation tools and protocol (20%)
  • Observe and interview Museum visitors (40%)
  • Organize evaluation data and summarize findings in a report (20%)

Intern Qualifications

  • Must be comfortable talking with museum visitors
  • Passion for museums and learning, and advocate for the visitor experience
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Should demonstrate professionalism, and be detail oriented
  • Time management and able to work within in deadlines
  • Completed at least two years of college
  • Good phone, email, and communication skills
  • Highly organized and detailed; ability to keep track of information on multiple projects

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest and resume via email, with “Exhibits Intern” (students only) or “Exhibits Volunteer” (all other applicants) and your name in the subject line to Sharleen Eusebio, Volunteer Programs & 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. 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.