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Student Guides

As a Student Guide at the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University, you will be paid to give tours of the museums to the public, the university community, and K-12 audiences. You will be part of a team dedicated to public engagement and museum education. Student Guides develop public speaking and visual literacy skills, facilitate conversations about contemporary issues, and have the opportunity to interact with experts from a wide variety of disciplines.


Course content

Student Guides learn about the role of museums in contemporary society, do art historical research, and learn best practices for engaging visitors in the museum space. Topics to be discussed include exhibition and object-based learning, gallery teaching, artistic processes, and K-12 education.



Student Guides training requires the time commitment of a class. Training meetings are held every Monday afternoon of fall, winter, and spring quarters at the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection. Additional details about the 2021-2022 training schedule will be determined after the university announces plans for the coming academic year.

Weekly attendance is required. Outside of weekly training meetings, Guides are expected to complete readings and short writing assignments, as well as do research as they develop their tours.

Guides are expected to commit to the program for at least two years: one year of training and at least one year of touring. Guides will not be expected to attend meetings every week once they have completed their training. Guides are paid an hourly rate commensurate with the Stanford pay scale for students.


To apply

The Student Guides program is open to any Stanford student who can commit to two years, including rising sophomores and juniors, rising seniors planning to co-term, and graduate and professional students.

Students with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. Prior experience giving tours is not necessary. Applicants should have a strong interest in the arts as well as the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection.

Applications will open during spring quarter. Feel free to email if you have any questions.


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