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Local (Southern California) Internships

The Bowers Museum, the largest and one of the oldest museums in Orange County, with a collection of art and artifacts from cultures around the world will have openings for interns in the winter quarter. Internships are typically available in Collections, Public Programs, External Affairs, and Administration.

Information can be found on the museum’s website ( scroll down to “Internship Program.”

To apply, complete the Internship Application Form and submit along with your current resume and a brief cover letter to

Please apply by December 1 for an internship starting in January. Internships are for a 3-month period.

UCI undergraduates doing art history related internships for at least 60 hours per quarter are eligible for a $1,100 internship stipend per quarter. To apply for the stipend, please contact Ethan Robey ( or Kimmy Bao (

The Brea Museum & Historical Society ( is devoted to the history of the Orange County city of Brea, including collections relating to the oil and agricultural industries, as well as aviation, baseball, and wildlife. Current museum projects include researching the Hispanic history of Brea and conducting contextual research for a potential historic district.

Interested students should contact Linda Shay, Curator and Executive Director (

UCI undergraduates pursuing this internship are eligible for the $1,100 internship stipend per quarter. For more information, please contact Ethan Robey ( or Kimmy Bao (

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.)

FACL painting conservation laboratory, located in Goleta, CA, has available an immediate opening for an intern position. The Internship Program has been providing this invaluable educational opportunity for over 30 years. Applicants are usually pursuing their undergraduate degree with the intention to apply to a MA program in Art Conservation. However, other circumstances will be considered.

It takes many years to train in art conservation and doing an internship in a conservation lab as an undergraduate is a very useful step in that journey. Fine Arts Conservation Laboratories is a major operation, with a constantly changing set of projects and an individual and institutional client base stretching from Southern California to neighboring states, and around the world. They offer a unique internship experience.

Note: This internship requires a long-term commitment, ideally of up to eight months. It can be done during the academic year or over the summer quarter, or both, and the hours are flexible. The UCI art history department's internship stipend can cover up to two quarters, so some of the internship may be unsupported. The laboratory is located in Santa Barbara County and interns would need to have a means of getting there and/or local housing.

While the internship exposes students to all aspects of conservation lab work, it is not an apprenticeship training program.

This internship is available immediately.

For more information, or to apply, please call Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator, President FACL, Inc.
(805) 570-4140

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To apply for the internship stipend, please contact Ethan Robey ( or Kimmy Bao (

Paid summer internships at museums and visual arts organizations in LA for college students from backgrounds underrepresented in the arts. Interns must be permanent residents of LA County. Candidates from all backgrounds may apply, but the internship program is intended for students from groups underrepresented in careers related to art conservation, museums, and/or visual arts organizations. 

Summer positions are available each year at Getty (the Getty Center in Brentwood and Getty Villa in Malibu) and at over 50 LA-area museums and visual arts organizations.

The internships are full-time (40 hours/week) for a consecutive 10-week work period between the months of June and August and receive a stipend of $6,925. There are two mandatory educational components of the internship: an Arts Summit and two Learning Community events.

For further information, see

Students wishing to intern at the Getty Center or Getty Villa must apply directly to Getty. Students wishing to intern at one of the many participating LA arts organizations must apply directly to that organization.

For a full list of participating LA arts institutions and their opportunities this summer, see


Position: Museum Education Volunteer/Intern

Reports To: Deputy Director and Museum Educator

Date Created: March 2024

Time commitment: 10 hours per week on a quarter/semester basis or as per University Intern specifications


Education volunteers will assist the education team in a variety of tasks that support their goal of serving the local community, families, and schools. There will be opportunities both inside and outside the museum to support the team in serving those in Orange County. 

Description of Duties:

  • Assisting Museum Educator and Teaching Artists in conducting regular inventories of museum art supplies and creating supply lists with links for materials that need to be replenished
  • Preparing teaching space, including set- up and clean- up of art supplies
  • Managing school tour timing, greeting museum tour guests, and transitioning groups between docents and Teaching Artists
  • Assisting Museum Educator with tour data reporting
  • Conducting outreach to the community and schools in the Orange County area.
  • Conducting market research of museum programs, accessibility and diversity plans, and school partnerships

Impact of the Role:

The Museum Education intern or volunteer will support the Museum’s Education Department by helping to expand and support the current school tour operations. This will help to make sure that all student patrons are having a meaningful and memorable experience.

Position Location:

All activities to occur on site at the Museum.


Regular check-ins will occur for the duration of the internship/volunteership. At the end of the agreed upon internship/volunteership, staff will meet with the volunteer/intern for an evaluation. Additional evaluations will be conducted as needed per college or university internship policies.


If serving as an intern, the Museum will work with the volunteer’s college or university to ensure that course credit or stipend requirements are met.

This volunteer role will get to experience firsthand how Museum Education programs operate, are deployed and are received by patrons and stakeholders. The market research aspect of the role will set the Museum up to reach new and unexplored audiences, thus impacting the future of the Museum’s educational initiatives in a positive way.


The qualified candidate will be eager to learn about working in a museum an environment and how Museum Education Departments impact the overall mission of the museum. They will successfully remain compliant with all of the Museum’s policies and procedures related to volunteerism. Additional qualifications are as follows:

  • Interest in studio art, art education, museum education, or a related field
  • Experience or interest in working with K-12 students in a formal or informal learning environment
  • Ability to interact successfully with diverse audiences
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Bilingual (any language) speakers are a plus
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Katherine Morton, Museum Educator at Please use “Museum Education Volunteer” as the email subject line.



Are you an undergraduate student eager to explore the vibrant world of museums? Join the Langson IMCA Summer Internship Program for a summer of immersive, hands-on, paid experience in the museum sector.

What’s In Store

  • Project-Based Learning: Engage in meaningful museum projects that contribute to the real-world operations of Langson IMCA.
  • Exclusive Museum Visits: Visit institutions throughout Southern California, network with museum professionals and discover the industry from the inside out.
  • Professional Development: From resume workshops to career pathway sessions, we're here to equip you with the skills you need to shine in the workforce.

Program Details

  • Commitment: 12 Weeks (June 24 to September 13), 32 hours/week, Tuesday - Friday
  • Location: On-site 3 days/week; remote 1 day/week
  • Eligibility: All UCI Undergraduates
  • Apply via Handshake (Job #8831240). Applications due 5pm (PST) on May 10.
  • For more information, visit our website at

Norton Simon Museum

Education, Summer Intern (3-month position): June-August


Open to: Students interested in careers in museum education who are undergraduates/graduate students or recent graduates

Stipend: $5,040 for the 10 week period (28 hours a week)

Deadline: All applications must be received by February 29, 2024, and all letters of response will be mailed by April 15, 2024

The Norton Simon Museum offers undergraduate/graduate students or recent graduates the opportunity to work with its education team during the summer season. This 10-week, part-time paid internship is centered on the Museum’s outstanding art collection.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with educational programming
  • Planning and developing art activities for existing and future education programs
  • Designing and coordinating the Summer Community Outreach program
  • Assisting with large events including the Garden Party, An Afternoon for Teachers and An Evening in Focus
  • Developing a project related to the applicant’s area of expertise
  • Assisting in day-to-day departmental operations
  • Conducting collections-based research as related to departmental needs

The Summer Education Intern will start in May or June 2024.

Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting, stretching, reaching, and bending. Ability to lift up to 15 pounds.

Schedule: Position is scheduled to work 28 hours per week, between Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For more information and application instructions, see

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) is an alternative gallery space in Santa Ana, presenting exhibitions of contemporary art, along with concerts, performances, art classes, symposiums, and publications. The independent artists who operate OCCCA are fond of unfettered experimentation, unafraid of grappling with difficult issues.

Gallery Intern positions:
Available January 3,2024-March 24, 2024 or March 27,2024-June 7,2024

Deadline to apply:
November 30, 2023 for Winter Quarter 2024 February 24, 2024 for Spring Quarter 2024

Time Commitment:

The 60 hours are flexible, but most activities are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 noon- 5pm Art openings are first Saturday of the month 6-10 pm.
Occasional opportunities to fulfill hours at other times.


Interns should have writing skills and computer skills including Microsoft office: Word and Excel. Graphic design knowledge or Adobe Photoshop would be nice, but not required. An interest in greeting the public visitors to the gallery is a must.

Internship Responsibilities:

Interns will learn about planning exhibitions, promotion, marketing, graphic design, installation, curation, exhibition design, grants, sales, meeting artists, assisting with tours, helping with art education workshops, and greeting guests in the gallery with opportunities to discuss how current art work relates to the history of art. There will be an opportunity to assist with cataloging the history of artists and exhibitions of OCCCA for a future publication and exhibition covering the period of 1980-2025.

Interns will shadow and work with one or more of the gallery artists when they are at the gallery.

Interns must sign a liability waiver and provide their own insurance.


To apply or for further information, contact: Robin Repp
Secretary, OCCCA

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art 117 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana, Ca. 92701


UCI undergraduates doing art history related internships for at least 60 hours per quarter are eligible for a $1,100 internship stipend per quarter. To apply for the stipend, please contact Ethan Robey ( or Kimmy Bao (

Orange County Museum of Art
Spring Quarter Internship

Along with its predecessor institution, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. In our new permanent home located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus—designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Studio—OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art.

Internship opportunity
The museum has one curatorial internship position available. The intern will primarily work with the museum's Assistant Curator, focusing on the preparation for the museum's upcoming exhibitions. This includes research on artists, artworks, exhibition history, and bibliography, as well as curatorial writing for both interpretative and marketing materials.

This internship is intended for an undergraduate student interested in working closely with a small team of art professionals, gaining valuable career experience and familiarity with exhibition production, curatorial research, and the conceptualization of exhibitions.

The position is set to start in early to mid-April 2024 and will conclude in mid-June 2024. The candidate will be expected to work 60 hours during the internship, both on-site at the museum and remotely at local libraries.


Please send:

  • A short cover letter (one-page maximum) briefly describing your interest and qualifications. 
  • Your résumé, including art history courses completed at UCI (you may attach a list of classes separately if needed), any previous internships, and any other relevant work or volunteer experience.
  • A writing sample.

Deadline for applications: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Send materials to:

Ziying Duan, Assistant Curator (
Orange County Museum of Art
3333 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel: 714-780-2582

UCI undergraduates doing art history related internships for at least 60 hours per quarter are eligible for a $1,100 internship stipend per quarter. To apply for the stipend, please contact Ethan Robey ( or Kimmy Bao (

TKO Art ( is an art advisory firm based in Irvine that connects artists with collectors, discovering and showcasing new works by emerging and contemporary artists. They also manage corporate art collections, work with interior designers, and provide art consulting services to clients around the world, including major entertainment industry studios.

They are looking for self-starters who are interested in art as a business, and especially students with strong social media and writing skills. If you know how to use Photoshop and/or do video production, that’s a plus. This is a hands-on internship involved in all areas of the business: an opportunity to learn about how to monetize your training in art history.

UCI undergraduates pursuing this internship are eligible for the $1,100 internship stipend per quarter.

To apply for this internship and the stipend, please send a cover letter and résumé to Ethan Robey ( and Kimmy Bao (

Unveil Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Irvine. Its concept revolves around the idea of revealing and celebrating artists from diverse backgrounds and showcasing their remarkable artwork. Our mission is to foster resonance, inspire meaningful dialogue, and push the boundaries of artistic exploration. This endeavor is driven by a passion for authentic and contemporary art experiences, which we believe are in high demand within Orange County.

Through regular exhibition programs, we seek to bring together artists from diverse backgrounds and cultural contexts, providing a platform for them to share their unique perspectives and experiences. We hope to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultural traditions and artistic expressions.

Internship Opportunity

Assistance is required with the following responsibilities:

  • Greeting guests and talking to them about the artwork
  • Preparation of gallery space
  • Support for exhibitions, opening receptions and special events
  • Upkeep and organization of gallery digital asset files, i.e. Obtaining artists statements, typing and reformatting them with assigned formatting
  • Manage and update gallery database and website CRM
  • Preparation of supporting materials for exhibitions, i.e. Exhibition price lists, private viewing materials, posters and etc.
  • Supports in social media marketing, e.g. Instagram: create monthly schedules, draft posts and select photos, manage daily posts
  • Interns are encouraged to help with Installations, Gallery Receptions, and Special Events during the course of their internship
  • Other duties as assigned

Time Commitment:

10 -20 hours per week during business hours. We offer flexible schedules to coincide with students class and work schedules. Supervision will be provided on site by the Gallery Director who will monitor the intern’s progress and be available for questions and directions as needed.

Qualifications and Skills:

Successful candidates will have excellent written and oral communication skills, be detail-driven and organized, and be flexible and comfortable with a fast-paced working environment.

General to advanced knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet (Excel) and graphic software (Photoshop).

Interested students should send a resume to:

Lorraine Han (Gallery Director): and copy Ethan Robey ( and Kimmy Bao (

This internship is unpaid, but UCI undergraduates doing art history related internships for at least 60 hours per quarter are eligible for a $1,100 internship stipend per quarter. To apply for the stipend, please contact Ethan Robey ( or Kimmy Bao (

Orange County Parks

Unique Internships in Archaeology/Paleontology with the collections at OC Parks Cooper Lab in AY2023/24

  • Open to students in good standing in all majors
  • Earn 2 units of academic credit (SocSci 197) for a minimum of 50hrs service in a given quarter
  • Gain hands on experience in a professional lab environment
  • Work with materials recovered from throughout Orange County


Why should YOU intern with OC parks?

  • Work with a huge collection of artifacts and fossils from throughout Orange County.
  • Gain broad experience of the material culture of southern California dating back over 10,000 years.
  • Develop expertise through hands-on training with object handling, processing, curation, and collections management.
  • Access to workshops on advanced archaeological methods (lab and field)
  • Get an inside track on a potential research project for UROP or an honors thesis
  • Give back to the community by becoming an ambassador for the unique cultural heritage of Orange County and advocating for more resources to expand its public outreach.
  • Gain real world skills that employers in professional archaeology and museums are looking for.

Interested Students will participate in some or all the following active projects:

  1. Excavating the excavation

The County has three shipping containers of excavated material (mostly midden) that have been neglected for decades. To salvage these valuable collections and maintain as much of their provenance as possible the materials require careful re-excavation and storage to allow for future conservation. Perfect for those interested in understanding how archaeology can recover information despite problematic practices of the past.

  1. Collection Management Modernization

Much of the county’s archaeological collection is housed in standard archival boxes that don’t allow for easy access. Interns will reorganize them into newly purchased museum quality cabinets and drawers so that they can be showcased and more findable for future exhibitions. Additionally there are opportunities to learn 3D object scanning. This is a great opportunity to get wide exposure to the artifacts types found throughout the OC.

  1. Midden madness

The County’s archaeological collection has a large amount of midden (ancient trash dump) that needs to be processed and sorted by artifact class by those with a careful eye and attention to detail. What small treasures will you discover?

  1. The Archives of the Covenant

Many sites in the County’s collection have associated field documents and reports that are just as important as the artifacts. Most of these documents are in paper form that require digitization and databasing for greater access.

  1. Paleontological Processing

The collection has so many fossils that need to be carefully extracted from their sedimentary matrix. Get your dental picks ready!


  • An interest in the archaeology and/or paleontology of California
  • Ability to travel to the OC Parks’ Cooper Lab in Santa Ana (15-20 minutes from UCI)
  • Complete the necessary paperwork for volunteers at OC Parks (includes passing a basic background check)

Successful completion to earn academic credit includes:

  • Completion of the requisite number of hours (min. 50hrs for 2 units)
  • Meet standards of professionalism
  • Maintain a journal of your progress
  • Completion of a 3-5 page write up of the experience and accomplishments gained


  • Interested students should fill out the following application
  • 6 positions available to students each quarter
  • Interview with OC Parks Staff
  • Once selected, those who choose academic credit will register through SSARC under Social Science 197 for 2 units P/NP
  • Meet with Dr. Straughn, Dept. of Anthropology, prior to your first official day as an intern

For additional information please email Dr. Ian Straughn

UCI-Louvre Dual internship

The Louvre internship will not be run in 2024 due to anticipated museum closures and other security measures surrounding the Paris Olympics.

We fully anticipate offering this opportunity again in summer 2025.

The internship is a “dual” internship for one undergraduate AND one graduate student, and we expect it to be  with the  Department of Near Eastern Antiquities, at the Musée du Louvre (Paris). 

The internship runs for four weeks. Airfare, lodging in Paris, and a per diem will be provided by the department, through the Steckler Family Initiative in Art History (SFIAH)

Dual Interns’ Responsibilities:

  • 35 hours/week for each intern

  • work with curators, conservators and other staff in research and cataloguing of collections

  • the graduate student will serve as professional mentor for undergraduate

The museum will provide:

  • Research access to the collections (at the discretion of curatorial staff)

  • Email and computer access

  • Access to intern-designated lounge

  • Reduced rates at the Louvre restaurant

Knowledge of French is encouraged but not required



  1. Letter of Interest: reasons for internship application and candidate’s suitability; relevant past experiences, e.g. areas of study, languages, prior museum work and internships, travel, etc
  2. Résumé
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Names and emails of two UCI faculty willing to serve as references


  1. Letter of Interest: reasons for application, with an emphasis on relevant coursework, languages, and intellectual and professional goals; relevant past experiences, e.g. prior museum work and internships, travel, etc.
  2. Full curriculum vitae
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Names and emails of two UCI faculty willing to serve as references



Further Afield

The National Council for Preservation Education (NPCE) is now accepting applications to its internship program until the deadline of Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:00 PM (Eastern). Current undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates are eligible to apply for these paid internships for Summer 2024.

Visit for instructions on how to apply, eligibility, benefits, a searchable list of internship positions, and the online application. 

Details: There are 50+ internship positions available located at over 35 U.S. National Parks, National Park Service (NPS) offices, and other Federal offices. The internships range in length from 10 to 30 weeks. Unless otherwise noted, the hourly pay is $17.00. Travel to the site and housing during the internship are usually the responsibility of the intern but several positions include free or cheap housing and/or travel allowance. Some positions are remote or partly remote; view the job descriptions for details.

Qualifications: We seek academically promising students (3.2+ GPA) with coursework and/or experience (volunteer and/or paid) in the fields of history, museum studies, fine arts, environmental science, archeology/anthropology, historic preservation, library science, architecture, and allied fields.

There’s something here for a wide range of interests in the cultural resources and land management fields: conducting an archeological inventory and cataloging objects at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, South Dakota; preparing a cultural landscape report and helping to design alternative futures for the Barrett Farm, location of the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, in Concord, Massachusetts; undertaking historical research that explores and includes the stories of women, African Americans, and LGBTQ+ people in the Low Country and based at Fort Sumter National Historical Park, Charleston, SC; conservation of statues, monuments, and memorials on the National Mall in Washington, DC; assessing the safety hazards and mitigation options of buildings at a historic copper mine at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in northern Alaska; and much more. Follow-up, interviews, and hiring are done by the on-site supervisor at the respective internship sites. 

All qualified students are encouraged to apply

For questions about the announcement or the internship program in general, contact 

Julee Johnson, Co-Director, Internship Program
National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE)
P.O. Box 291
Ithaca, New York 14851-291
(607) 272-6277