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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 Arts Center. Interns gain experience in the museum field, enjoy weekly lunches with Cantor staff, and participate in field trips to Bay Area museums. Open to freshman and sophomore students.

Academic Programs

Interested in the intersection of museum studies, art history, and education? Learn how museums engage visitors and train guides to address the learning needs of different audiences. Under the direction of the Associate Curator of Academic Engagement, you will be mentored through the process of researching best practices in museum education. You will research theories of interpretation and collect information about curricula developed at museums across the country. In addition to compiling lists of Common Core and state-mandated standards in K–12 education, you will help build dossiers on important artworks in the Cantor’s collection. By the end of the internship, you will have assembled the educational materials that will be used to train museum guides.   

Marketing and Communications

Spread the word about the Cantor’s programs to fellow students through publicity campaigns for major exhibitions, Party on the Edge, and other student events. Projects include distributing information about the Cantor and its programs around campus, working on outreach to student groups, keeping online listings up-to-date and seeking out new listing opportunities, and writing and submitting notices for student publications. In addition to a good working knowledge of the Stanford campus and its environs, you should be proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite and have excellent written and oral communication skills.    


Help take care of the Cantor's collections. One of the main projects for collections interns is working with a senior member of our Preparation Department to write up preventative conservation and storage care solutions to be published online. You’ll also work on creating documentation of procedures for in-house training manuals. Other projects may include working with the registrars downloading the data loggers that track the Cantor’s building temperature and humidity in the galleries and collection storage (this form of monitoring is an essential component of museum collection care), archiving registration files for exhibitions, organizing permanent collection files, and assisting staff with storing objects. Requirements include: working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint, as well as strong writing skills. Experience with WordPress is a plus. Basic sewing skills and an understanding of how to run a sewing machine is also a plus as several of the projects in collections storage will involve sewing.


Learn about art conservation! The Cantor has a backlog of Conservation Condition and Treatment reports that require thoughtful and careful data entry. Having this data up‐to‐date and easily accessible is critical for museum staff when making acquisitions, planning an exhibition, assessing damage, planning treatment, sending or receiving an object on loan or even for planning an object list for classes at the museum. In addition to doing data entry, you will be party to fascinating lab projects and conservation conversations by virtue of your proximity to the ongoing lab work. This job opportunity is a great way to learn about art conservation terminology and the materials that make up the art objects you make or study. Even without doing the actual conservation work, you become familiar with what art conservators and curators take into account when discussing how to approach treating damage to an art object whether from vandalism, accidental damage or normal deterioration from “inherent vice.” Whether you hope to become a curator, a conservator, a researcher or are just interested in art, this job can be for you.


Learn what it takes to produce an exhibition. This is a great opportunity to acquire or augment skills in exhibition planning and design. Projects include creating and updating Sketchup design drawings based on the design plan for exhibitions, rotations, and special projects; producing scaled floor plans and elevations including layout of walls, casework, and signage; creating scaled maquettes for use in gallery models; and assisting in the creation of prototypes and materials testing for exhibitions. You’ll also provide administrative and some operational support for the implementation of the exhibitions program. In addition to experience using the Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite (specifically, InDesign and Illustrator), you should be proficient with computer aided draft/design programs (Sketchup) and able to read construction documents, shop drawings, and details.

Education and Public Programs

Are you interested in working directly with museum visitors, facilitating hands-on artmaking activities, spotlight tours, gallery activities and public programs? Through research into best practices in art museum education and visitor engagement, you will help create dynamic programming, thoughtful content, and meaningful collaborations that teach, inspire and support visitor engagement with the museum's collection. Behind the scenes work will include preparation, training, and administrative projects such as creating new documents to record metrics and worker needs. As an art educator during our highly popular Second Sunday, you will facilitate original art lessons that blend art making and art history to 500-1000 visitors. At the end of the summer you will find yourself more comfortable speaking about art in public and communicating big ideas succinctly. Must be able to work the second Sunday of each month during the duration of the internship.

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 are 20 hours per week. Most positions will start Monday, June 25, 2018, but start and end dates can be flexible and negotiated between intern and supervisor.

Internships include a $2,500 stipend to help cover living expenses, such as housing, food, and transportation. Housing is not provided by the museum.

Apply by Sunday, February 11 at 11:59 PM. Send any questions to Corazon Colleen,

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To learn more about exciting and rewarding opportunities for students at the Cantor, please contact us.


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