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Student Guides at the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection


As a Student Guide at the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection, not only will you be paid to give interactive tours of the museums to the public and to K-12 audiences, you’ll be an integral member of a team dedicated to public engagement and museum education. Student Guides will develop public speaking and visual literacy skills, facilitate conversations about social justice, and have the opportunity to interact with experts from a wide variety of disciplines.


Course Content

Guides will begin by learning about the role of museums in our culture as well as best practices for engaging visitors. The course will offer tools for building an effective tour and working with diverse audiences in museum spaces. Topics to be discussed include exhibition- and object-based learning, visual thinking strategies, artists’ processes, K-12 education, and community engagement.



Student Guides training requires the time commitment of a class. Meetings are every Monday of fall, winter, and spring quarters from 4-7 pm. They will take place at either the Cantor or the Anderson. These workshops will include exercises in the museum galleries, artmaking, and guest speakers. Guides are expected to produce one short research paper each quarter. The training will also include quarterly field trips to other institutions.

Weekly attendance is required. Outside the meeting times, Guides are expected to do some reading, research, and writing.

Students are expected to commit to the program for at least two years: one year of training and one year of touring (Guides will not be expected to meet every week once they've completed training).

Guides are paid a stipend of $600 for each quarter of training. Dinner is included during training. Once training is completed, Guides are paid on an hourly basis (rate is commensurate with the Stanford pay scale for students).


To apply

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

Students with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with giving tours is not necessary. An art background is also not necessary, though students should have a strong interest in the arts and in both the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be due in late April 2019.

Interviews will be conducted in late May, and all students will be notified of their status at the beginning of June.

Information Session

We will hold an information session in April 2019. Please check back for further details. Email Corazon Collen,, with any questions."