Summer Internship Program for Freshmen and Sophomore Stanford Students

Spend the summer at the Cantor!


Get paid to work behind-the-scenes at the Cantor, have weekly lunches with Cantor staff, and participate in field trips to Bay Area museums.





Take care of the collections. One of the main projects is to work with the registrars downloading the data loggers that track both the Cantor and Anderson buildings' temperature and humidity in the galleries and collection storage, and running reports from that data. This form of monitoring is an essential component of museum collection care. You’ll also work on other projects including: archiving registration files for exhibitions, organizing permanent collection files, assisting staff with storing objects. Basic sewing skills and an understanding of how to run a sewing machine is a plus as several of the projects in collections storage will involve sewing. Other projects may arise during the course of the internship. Please note: this position is only available part-time.



Learn what it takes to open an exhibition. Your responsibilities include organizing and maintaining the museum's exhibition archives, preparing materials for the gallery design planning process, assisting with the production of 100%-scaled graphic mock-ups, creating maquettes for curatorial usage in gallery models, transferring exhibition floor plans to digital format, monitoring and maintaining gallery aesthetics standards, and a range of administrative duties. Other special projects within the department may be assigned. Sketchup and Adobe Creative Suite skills desired.


Imaging and Copyright

Interested in art and the law? Under the direction and supervision of the Assistant Registrar, assist with clearing rights for using images of the Cantor’s collection in publications and organizing the Cantor’s image files and hardcopy documentation. You’ll be trained in the basics of image and artist's copyright, will correspond with artists, and will become familiar with the day-to-day responsibilities of a museum registrar. Please note: this position is only available part-time.


Outdoor Sculpture Conservation

Learn about the development and care of an incredible collection of public art (115 sculptures around campus!) while working outdoors. Responsibilities involve washing, waxing, and general maintenance with training by the Objects Conservator. Work is primarily outdoors and involves climbing ladders, setting up hoses, inspecting sculptures, maintaining inspection records, assisting with scheduling, writing reports, researching artist materials and methods, and driving the maintenance cart. You may also answer any visitor questions regarding the museum, sculpture, or conservation, and may be photographed and interviewed by campus news. Please note: this position is only available part-time, but may be combined with another part-time internship offered at the Cantor Arts Center to make a full-time summer internship position.


Eligibility and Requirements:


No experience required, but enthusiastic interest in art and museums is necessary. Internships are open to freshmen and sophomore Stanford students of all majors. You must be a Stanford student to apply.


Applicants should demonstrate eagerness to learn and take on a variety of tasks; strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently; attention to detail; willingness to be a team player, collaborate, participate, and take direction; and proficiency with MS Office.


Internships are approximately nine weeks and can be either 20 or 40 hours per week. Most positions will start Monday, June 26, but start and end dates can be flexible and negotiated between intern and supervisor.


Internships include a stipend based on individual time commitment ($2,250 for part-time/$4,500 for full-time) to help cover living expenses, such as housing, food, and transportation. Housing is not provided by the museum.


To Apply:


Email all application materials to Manager of Student Engagement Kim Mansfield by 11:59pm on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

  • Application form
  • Statement of interest per position (500 words maximum per position)
  • Resume
  • Unnoffical transcript (PDF)


Cantor staff will review all applications and contact top candidates for in-person interviews by the beginning of March. All applicants will be notified of their status at that time. Final decisions will be made by the beginning of April.