Part-time jobs at the Cantor are open to Stanford students during the school year. These are paid positions with compensation commensurate with Stanford University pay scale for students. All positions have a flexible schedule, requiring 8 to 10 hours per week, except where noted. Positions are open to Stanford students only.
Updated: October 2, 2018
Student Engagement Assistant
Student Engagement Assistants (SEAs) will work as a team with the Manager of Student Engagement to produce lively, fun, and dynamic opportunities for Stanford students at the Cantor. The main focus will be First Friday, a new program that the museum is launching in November. On the first Friday of each month during the academic year, the museum will be open from 8-10pm and will feature a variety of activities and programs for students. SEAs will assist in coordinating, publicizing, and staffing First Fridays. Additional responsibilities may include writing the Museum Monthly email newsletter, researching student engagement opportunities at other university art museums, and coordinating free art making opportunities. Applicants must have good communication skills. Must be responsible, reliable, mobile, responsive to email, have good practical skills and top-notch organizational skills, and manage time and resources effectively. Familiarity with public relations is helpful, but not required. Graphic design experience a plus. Must be able to work the first Friday of each month (November 3, December 7, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7).
Please apply via Handshake, search for job number #2000723
Second Sunday Art Associate
The Cantor Arts Center is seeking highly motivated and reliable students to work with the Cantor's Public Programs and Education teams. Art Associates work at the museum alongside museum staff to provide a variety of creative and inspiring public programming events. The Second Sunday Mission is to introduce families to the museum and art appreciation by assisting parents and children with art-based problem-solving lessons during our popular Dropin-Studio.
Art Associates work directly with children and parents and will ideally express the following:
• Sincere interest in the visual arts and art museum work,
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Welcoming presence when interacting with our large multigenerational and multicultural audiences.
Second Sunday work hours are 10:30am-4:30 pm (6 hours) every second Sunday during the academic year. Additional paid hours involving preparation of art materials for Second Sunday and staffing museum public program events may become available (2-8 hours per week.)
Summer paid hours are also available.
Please apply via Handshake, search for job number #2000771
Public Relations Student Assistant
The PR student assistant will assist in planning publicity campaigns geared towards Stanford students and the community; distribute information about the Cantor and its programs through a variety of forms including Facebook, email, online, and printed materials around campus; work on outreach to student groups; keep online listings up-to-date and seek out new listing opportunities; write and submit notices for student publications; organize and file PR materials as needed. Student should have a good working knowledge of the Stanford campus and its environs, proficiency with Word, knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop desired, excellent written and oral communication skills, work well with others, able to work on an individual basis, and be self-motivated. Preferred: applicants interested in the arts, photography, and / or public relations/marketing.
Please apply via Handshake, search for job number #2000808
Academic Programs Assistant—Digital Humanities
In September 2019, the Cantor Arts Center will open a reinstallation of the Stanford Family Collection, conducted by the contemporary artist Mark Dion. To create relevant, scholarly interpretive content that will support this long-term exhibition, the museum is pursuing new research on the Stanford family’s complex legacy from both social justice and ecocritical perspectives. The Cantor will collaborate with the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) to produce interactive content featuring student and faculty work on the collection and related archival resources on campus.
Undergraduate research interns and graduate student assistants will work under the guidance of CESTA and in close consultation with the Cantor’s academic programs department to support this collaborative project. This part-time position (5-10 hours/week) will begin Autumn 2018 and will potentially span into the next academic year. (Students may be hired for full-time positions during Summer 2019.) In addition to learning about the display of museum objects and their provenance, the interns on this project will help create data sets to develop visualizations for the public exhibition. The interns/graduate assistants will primarily complete their work in CESTA during normal business hours and will also be expected to engage in CESTA programs for researchers.
An interest and enthusiasm for interpretation, Stanford history, museum studies, working with data, and social justice or ecocriticism are integral to this work. Familiarity with basic data management is strongly preferred; some experience in creating data visualizations is also helpful. Prior experience participating in collaborative research projects and good communication skills, including developing content for a broad audience, is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to working on this project for multiple quarters.
Please apply via Handshake, search for job number #2000941
Assist Director of Art and Science Learning Lab in preservation, restoration, and conservation duties. By end of assistantship, have clear idea of general museum practices in the preventive care and conservation treatment of the collection. May include preparation of objects for specific gallery rotations or exhibitions. Assist contract conservators on site while estimating or performing treatment on paintings, sculpture, works on paper, textiles, etc. Gain knowledge of basics of climate control in museum setting. Other duties include monitoring gallery [sp. hygrothermographs] hydrothermographs twice a week; filing records; preparing silica gel for exhibition cases and storage cases; monthly inventory of safety cabinet for lab chemicals; performing simple treatment procedures as training with conservator progresses (brush dusting, preparing for storage, surface cleaning, in-painting, pest control measures). Some experience with art object handling skills desirable; art history and/or studio art; chemistry; photography is desirable, but not required. Student should be responsible and organized; able to take direction and work well with others. Position is approximately 5 - 8 hours per week.
Please apply via Handshake, search for job number #2000876
Academic Programs Assistant—Social Justice Workshop Series
The academic programs assistant will help coordinate the readings and logistics for a yearlong series of student-led forums on issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice in museum practice. The series, co-organized by the Cantor Arts Center’s academic program department, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and the Department of Art and Art History, will consist of 4-5 sessions throughout the academic year. Although the programs assistants will be expected to be actively involved in each of the meetings and help organize and promote the series to students, faculty, and staff at Stanford and beyond, the total hours for the position should not exceed 15-20 hours per term.
A passion for art and a commitment to diversity are integral to this position. Student assistants will be expected to be collaborative, compassionate, innately curious, highly organized, and detail oriented. Experience with planning events and conducting independent research on subjects related to museums, equity, access, diversity, and social justice are strongly preferred. Familiarity with relevant literature in the field of museum studies and education is also helpful. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to working on this project for multiple quarters.
Please apply via Handshake, search for job number #2002385