Internships in galleries, art museums, and architecture offices are a great possibility to gather experience of working in fields where art historians and architectural historians can find employment. The Department of the History of Art & Architecture offers four possibilities to earn units for an internship: ARTHI 141B, ARTHI 141C, ARTHI 141E and ARTHI 141F. Each course can be taken for 1-4 units, but you can only take a maximum 12 units total in all four courses throughout your studies at UCSB. All internships are typically unpaid. Internships are self-organized which means that you must take the initiative with regard to the following steps:
- Contact Savannah Sharp Parison, Program Advisor, to obtain the relevant internship application form (or see Undergraduate Student Forms) and to discuss which professor might be suitable as your faculty internship supervisor.
- Find a suitable institution and/or firm/office for your internship. Consult with Savannah if you are in doubt if a particular gallery or museum is acceptable for an internship for course credit. Discuss the specifics of the internship (e.g., working hours, duties) and have your internship supervisor sign the departmental internship application form.
- Ask your faculty internship supervisor to sign the departmental internship application form.
- Return the form to Savannah Sharp Parison to have it signed by the Department Chair. After that signature is obtained, you will be handed an add code.
Application forms must be filed in advance of the internship, latest when you start working as an intern. Internships cannot be arranged after you started working or in retrospect. To download the form for your internship, see Undergraduate Student Forms.
ARTHI 141B Internship
This course number covers internships in off-campus art and architecture museums, art and architecture galleries, and also architecture offices. Besides inding a suitable internship place, you will have to find a faculty internship supervisor. The internship requires that you keep a journal of your work experience, discuss the details with your faculty internship supervisor. There is only one grading option (pass/non-pass).
ARTHI 141C Visual Technology Internship
An internship in the Image Resource Center (IRC) of the Department of the History of Art & Architecture aids in developing skills in the visual technologies relevant to art history and architectural history teaching and research. You will have to find a faculty internship supervisor and there is only one grading option (pass/non-pass).
ARTHI 141E Art, Design & Architecture Museum
This internship is organized and administered by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB, including the requirements for both the internship and the student work. By default, the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of our department will be the faculty internship supervisor for every student who wishes to obtain course credit for an AD&A Museum internship. Apply directly to the AD&A Museum. Once you are accepted, you will have to fill out a departmental internship application form and choose ARTHI 141E. This internship offers optional grading (letter grade or pass/non-pass). This course number applies only to internships organized by the Curator of Education, AD&A Museum. Students who intern with the Registrar must use course # ARTHI 141B.
ARTHI 141F Architecture & Design Collection Internship
This internship is organized and administered by the Architecture & Design Collection (ADC) .
Internship Possibilities at UCSB
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN COLLECTION (ARTHI 141F, Optional Grading)
Contact: email@example.com or (805) 893-4564
Internships are archival.
ART, DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM (ARTHI 141E, Optional Grading)
Contact: Elyse Gonzales, firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 893-5299
IMAGE RESOURCE CENTER (ARTHI 141C, Pass/Not Pass Only)
Contact: Jackie Spafford, email@example.com or (805) 893-2509
Internship Possibilities in the Santa Barbara Area
*This is a selective list; there are many more galleries and museums in the Santa Barbara area. All internships in this section require course number ARTHI 141B, Pass/Not Pass Only.
Contact: Tara Rizzi, Executive Director
229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 966-4198
Contact: Allison Marcillac, Executive Director
229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
email@example.com or (805) 965-6307
Contact: Julie McLeod
816 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 565-1332
Contact: Jack N. Mohr, Executive Director
11 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
email@example.com or (805) 568-1400
Contact: Marcello Ricci, Program Director
205C Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 965-7321
- The Arts Fund, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit committed to supporting artists and arts programming in our community, announces the availability of a limited number of internships. This is an opportunity for interested students (undergraduate or graduate) to learn about arts management while making a valuable contribution to the community. Internships are voluntary and unpaid and requires a quarter commitment and flexible schedule. Interns will gain experience in arts administration, gallery management, exhibit design and installation, fundraising and nonprofit administration.
Contact: Susannah Gordon, Visitor & Volunteer Coordinator
1387 E. Valley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
email@example.com or (805) 565-5653, ext. 202
Contact: Francesca Ruggeri, Office Manager
P.O. Box 23557, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 564-3438
Contacts: Melanie Ball, Coordinator of Engagement
653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
email@example.com or (805) 966-5373, ext. 110
Contact: Sarah Rubin, Executive Director
Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St., Third Floor, Rotunda Tower, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 568-3992
SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Collections)
Contact: Collections Department
136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
email@example.com or (805) 966-1601, ext. 104
- Gain experience in managing the museum's collections, which include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles and other items of historical significance. Complete an inventory of objects, re-housing and arranging objects, conserving objects in archival boxes. Assist in collections registration by assigning accession numbers and object ID numbers, creating and digitzing catalog records.
SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Education)
Contact: Education Department
136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 966-1601, ext. 108
- The first gallery (the Sala) is dedicated to works of art; the exhibit changes every 4-6 months. Assist the director of education with tours and community outreach programs; develop, implement and market school programs; work with the volunteer docents; help create scripts for tours.
Contact: Dr. Monica I. Orozco, Director
2201 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Internships vary, most require office or computer skills.
Contact: Nathan Vonk, Curator of Sculpture
11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
email@example.com or (805) 730-1460
Contact: Ralph and Diane Waterhouse
La Arcada, 1114 State St., Suite 9, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 962-8885
Art History Education Outreach Program
The Art History Education Outreach Program is composed of UCSB graduate and undergraduate students who are dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas through art history. Learning about the history of art and architecture is not only a valuable way to think about cultural, political and social histories, but also provides opportunities to develop critical visual analysis skills to which many students are not introduced until college. We recognize that classrooms often operate under strict time constraints, and so in addition to offering new information and skills to students our presentations will provide novel ways for students to engage with existing state content standards and common core standards. Through visually exciting presentations and classroom activities, students will be able to explore the importance of the visual arts in history and in their daily lives, and have fun doing it!
Education Abroad Programs
Study Abroad for History of Art & Architecture Majors
The Department of History of Art & Architecture encourages its students to complete some portion of their undergraduate study through UCSB’s Education Abroad Program . History of Art & Architecture majors can deepen their understanding of the art and culture of particular nations and regions by studying at a foreign university while adding an international dimension to their undergraduate education. Because all courses taken through EAP are accepted as UC courses, students may spend as much as a year of study at a foreign university with no loss of time completing their degrees. Honors majors have the extraordinary opportunity to use their period abroad for first-hand research on their honors thesis projects.
Additional information at UCSB's Education Abroad Program or download the Study Abroad for History of Art and Architecture Majors flyer .
Art History Association events and field trips are open to all History of Art & Architecture Majors, Minors, and students who are interested in learning more about the field and its areas of specialization, careers, and graduate programs. Check for announcements on the department News/Events page and find us on Facebook and Instagram . Students with Umail accounts can sign up to be on the ARTHIS-undergrad , the History of Art & Architecture electronic mailing list for undergrads, to keep current with events and job/internship information. Direct all other questions about the Art History Association to email@example.com.
Savannah Sharp Parison, Program Advisor