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Cantor Internships for Stanford Students

Get paid to work behind the scenes at the Cantor Arts Center. Open to Stanford undergraduate students.

The Cantor’s internships provide Stanford undergraduate students with invaluable first-hand experience in many facets of museum work as well as key skills—collaboration, public speaking, research, writing—that will serve them in future careers. Students benefit from the mentorship of Cantor staff and work on special projects that support the museum’s mission of caring for its collection materially and intellectually. Interns will contribute to museum initiatives, programs, and/or exhibitions that explore new ideas for multiple audiences both across and beyond the university.

Available Summer 2022 Internships:

Community and Family Engagement Intern

Learn what it takes to produce community- and family-focused public programs!  The Community and Family Engagement Intern will be part of the creative, collaborative, and inclusive process that is the foundation of the Cantor’s programs department. The intern may contribute to community outreach, the development of in-person and digital educational programs, and administrative projects. Helpful skills and experience include graphic design, video editing, animation, drawing, storytelling, teaching, and community engagement. Proficiency using the Microsoft Office Suite is required; experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) is a plus. This position will be hosted by the Academic and Public Programs department.

Academic Engagement Intern

Learn what it takes to produce academic programs for Stanford University audiences! The Academic Engagement Intern will be part of the creative, collaborative, and inclusive process that is the foundation of the Cantor’s programs department. The intern may contribute to student and faculty outreach, research best practices in university art museum programming, and help support upcoming academic programs. Helpful skills and experience include a strong research background, familiarity with museum education and/or teaching, and good writing skills. Proficiency using the Microsoft Office Suite is required; experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) is a plus. This position will be hosted by the Academic and Public Programs department.

Photography and New Media Curatorial Intern

Learn about museum-based research and curatorial practice! The Photography and New Media Curatorial Intern will contribute to the scholarly, creative, and public-minded work of the Cantor’s curatorial department. The intern may contribute to the research and development of upcoming exhibitions and curatorial projects as well as administrative projects, with a focus on the Cantor’s collection of photography and new media. Helpful skills and experience include a strong research background, familiarity with curatorial practice, familiarity with 19th-21st century photography and/or new media, such as film, video, and digital art, and good writing skills. Interest in landscape photography, new media, and/or Asian American art is a plus. This position will be hosted by the Curatorial department.

American Art Curatorial Intern

Learn about museum-based research and curatorial practice! The American Art Intern will contribute to the scholarly, creative, and public-minded work of the Cantor's curatorial department. The intern may contribute to the research and development of upcoming exhibitions and curatorial projects as well as administrative projects and digital content, with a focus on the Cantor's collection of American art. They will learn about the planning and research processes of exhibitions and upkeep of the permanent collection. The intern will gain first-hand experience in studying objects from the American art collection. Helpful skills and experience include a strong research background, familiarity with curatorial practice, familiarity with 18th-21st century American art, and good writing skills. Those with interest in Asian American art and history preferred. The Curatorial department will host this position.

Eligibility and Requirements

No experience in these specific roles is required, but enthusiastic interest in art and museums is necessary. Internships are open to Stanford undergraduate students of all majors. You must be a Stanford student during the internship period to apply; this opportunity is not open to seniors who have just graduated. 

Applicants should demonstrate eagerness to learn and take on a variety of tasks; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently and efficiently; attention to detail; and willingness to collaborate. 

Internships will take place over the summer of 2022 and will last approximately ten (10) weeks. Interns will be expected to work twenty (20) hours per week. Positions are scheduled to begin Monday, June 20th, 2022, but start and end dates can be flexible and negotiated between intern and supervisor. While most of the internship will be conducted in person and on site at the museum, some remote work may be possible, in consultation with each intern’s supervisor.

Interns will be paid an hourly rate of $17.00 per hour, plus a $1,000 cost-of-living stipend. Housing is not provided by the museum.

 

Applications

To apply, please submit a letter of interest indicating which internship you are interested in, as well as a CV or resume via this form by Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT.

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