Internships and Opportunities

Art, Design & Architecture Museum interns lead a middle school tour of "Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle" on view, October 19 - December 13, 2013 (courtesy Art, Design & Architecture Museum)


Bard Graduate Center’s inaugural Summer School in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material CultureThe Bard Graduate Center will hold its inaugural Summer School in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture on West 86th Street from June 29-July 10, 2020. This launches an annual program for undergraduates, open to rising 3rd and 4th year students along with recent graduates, that will provide an intensive, two-week seminar taught by BGC faculty aimed at exposing students to object-based learning and the interdisciplinary methodologies that underpin graduate level work. Instruction will take full advantage of the outstanding collections of New York City.

The Bard Graduate Center has developed this program to help prepare undergraduates in the humanities to think critically using object-based approaches. They welcome applications from all majors, but particularly want to encourage those who are on a museum studies track, or have demonstrated interest in curatorial studies. More information about the program, including application instructions, can be found at and download this flyer . Applications are due March 1, 2020.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is searching for a dynamic individual who enjoys interacting with the public and takes pride in providing EXCELLENT customer service. The new Visitor Services Representative will have many responsibilities; however, the most important responsibility will be to make every patron feel special and to enhance the museum experience.

For more information about the position, including responsibilities, requirements, education and desired experience, download the Visitor Services Representative flyer . Background check required. Guard Card not required. Send a brief cover letter, resume, and availability by email to . Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

CCBER's UCSB Herbarium (Botany) Curation Internships: A herbarium is a collection of pressed, dried plant specimens that are used in a wide variety of studies, including plant ecology, habitat restoration, taxonomy, systematics, and global climate change. The herbarium is also a permanent record of the plant diversity of a particular area.

The UCSB herbarium has over 100,000 specimens, mostly from the Santa Barbara and Channel Islands area and includes plants, lichens, and seaweeds. The herbarium is housed at the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) at UCSB. We are looking for undergraduate student interns interested gaining handson experience with herbarium management, including: specimen mounting, imaging, digitizing, and georeferencing.

The focus of this winter quarter's internship will be digitizing specimens for use in a National Science Foundation climate change study at UCSB. This internship can be accomplished for credit through most home departments, and students from any major are encouraged to apply!

There will be two informational presentations: Friday, January 10, 5:00–6:00 PM and Monday, January 13, 5:00–6:00 PM, at the Cheadle Center, under Harder Stadium, Building 578. Contact Greg Wahlert ( for additional information.

Smithsonian Summer Internship applications are currently open at the Smithsonian Institute. There is an enormous range of museums and programs available. Explore your opportunities and deadlines at their website.

If you are especially interested in a career in art conservation, the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term opportunities to work on conservation and conservation research projects with conservators of art and historic works. These internships are intended mainly for the summer of 2020, but consideration will be given to projects at other times during the year. A stipend may be offered for a period of up to 10 weeks. Successful applicants will contact the following potential supervisors in advance of application and specify them in the application:

  • Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator, 301-238-1210,
  • Shannon Brogdon-Grantham, Photo and Paper Conservator, 301-238-1241,
  • Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator, 301-238-1236,
  • Jessica S. Johnson, Head of Conservation, 301-238-1218,
  • Rebecca Kaczkowski, Preventive Conservator, 301-238-1242,
  • Dawn Rogala, Paintings Conservator, 301-238-1255,
  • Jia-Sun Tsang, Senior Paintings Conservator (modern and contemporary paintings treatment and research), 301-238-1231,

Applications must be made on line through SOLAA by February 10, 2020; select the option for the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Conservation of Art and Historic Works Intern Program. Special skill sets and experience relevant to conservation should be indicated on the application, such as fiber art skills for an internship in textile conservation. Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome.

The Havner Curatorial Summer Internships at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  is a paid internship with housing offering opportunities to gain first-hand experience in a curatorial department and exposure to the workings of a major American art museum. Havner Interns will work directly with a member of the curatorial team to assist with exhibition projects, develop interpretation and display of artwork, conduct research on objects in the collection, and work with the library and archives. Interns cover the full scope of the collection, which spans five centuries of American art, from the 18th century through today. Crystal Bridges has a robust summer internship program across all departments, and Havner Interns will be welcomed into this community of colleagues. Through orientation, discussion lunches and/or meetings, Havner Interns will gain knowledge of many museum departments. Havner Interns will expand upon their academic training and work to apply their knowledge and skills in professional ways.

This 8-10 week summer internship commences on or about June 8, 2020 and ends August 7, 2020 or August 14, 2020. The anticipated number of hours per week is 35 work hours. The stipend is paid biweekly. Housing near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is provided. Three intern positions are available for Summer 2020.

The GettyThe Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship is a 10-week paid internship in Summer 2020 with placements in areas such as curatorial, conservation, education, publications, and public programs – all on site at the Getty Center and Villa. To be eligibile, students must:

    * Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
    * Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have complete at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2020. Students graduating in May or June 2020 are also eligible (students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.);
    * Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and,
    * Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

Click here for application information and instructions. All application materials are due by 5:00 pm PST on February, 3, 2020.

Undergraduate Internships

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 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 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


   Contact: Elyse Gonzales, or (805) 893-5299
   Intern Coordinator 2019-2020: Letícia Cobra Lima,
   Internships vary based on availability and student interest. Applications for the academic year are accepted in the preceding spring, and any spots that become available are filled.


   Contact: or (805) 893-4564
   Internships are archival.


   Contact: Katja Seltmann, or (805) 893-2401
   Curatorial internships are available with the UCSB Herbarium and UCSB Invertebrate Zoology Collections.
   The Natural History Collections Club observes and hosts events involving the various collections at the CCBER.


   Contact: Jackie Spafford, 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 courses taken off-campus must be taken as ARTHI 141B (Pass/Not Pass Only) if the student would like to receive units for their internship. These units count towards general degree requirements, NOT major requirements, with the exception that the units may apply to Area A of the upper-division requirements of the History of Art & Architecture major with an Emphasis in Museum Studies


   Contact: Tara Rizzi, Executive Director
   229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 966-4198


   Contact: Allison Marcillac, Executive Director
   229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 965-6307


   Contact: Julie McLeod
   816 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 or (805) 565-1332


   Contact: Marcello Ricci, Program Director
   205C Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 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 or (805) 565-5653, ext. 202


   Contact: Sonia Khachikians
   1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 963-1032

Casa Dolores, Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexico, is a nonprofit organization devoted to the collection, preservation, study, and exhibition of an extensive variety of objects of the popular arts of Mexico. Our Collections Internship is set up to assist with the ongoing inventory of the collection and ongoing or upcoming exhibitions. Interns spend most of their time on collection inventory, cataloging, tagging, labeling, and researching artifacts, but may also assist with ongoing special projects.  To apply for this internship, please submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail to


   Contact: Francesca Ruggeri, Office Manager
   P.O. Box 23557, Santa Barbara, CA 93121 or (805) 564-3438


   Contact: Sierra Butler, Receptionist
   695 Ashley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108 or (805) 969-3767, ext. 101


   Contacts: Melanie Ball, Coordinator of Engagement
   653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 966-5373, ext. 110

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is the largest non-profit visual arts organization of the Central Coast committed to presenting, supporting, and encouraging contemporary art. Our Community Engagement Representatives (interns) enhance the visitor experience by providing information, facilitating conversation, and encouraging meaningful engagement with the art of today. Participants in this free internship gain exposure to the behind-the-scenes duties of the Engagement department, develop and provide tours following current best practices and techniques, assist with programming and events, and begin building a creative network all while earning class credit.


   Contact: Kate Davis, Interpretation and Evaluation Coordinator
   1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 682-4726, ext. 160


   Contact: Sarah Rubin, Executive Director
   Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St., Third Floor, Rotunda Tower, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 568-3992


   Contact: Collections Department
   136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 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.


   Contact: Education Department
   136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 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: Emily Falke, Deputy Director, Curator & Director of Education
   113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
   Emily Falke Email Form []  or (805) 962-8404, ext. 111


   Contact: Dr. Monica I. Orozco, Director
   2201 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


   Contact: Margot Dement, Human Resources Director
   1130 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or or (805) 884-6440

Internships vary, most require office or computer skills.


   Contact: Human Resources
   2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or (805) 682-4711


   Contact: Melissa Chatfield, Director of Education
   123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215 or (805) 962-9504

The SBTHP offers internships in the following areas: Museum Education, Museum Curation, Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and Development and Public Relations.


   Contact: Nathan Vonk, Curator of Sculpture
   11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 730-1460


   Contact: Ralph and Diane Waterhouse
   La Arcada, 1114 State St., Suite 9, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or (805) 962-8885

For full list of internships in the Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez/Solvang, and Los Angeles areas, view and download the Internship Opportunities flyer .

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!

For more information on the Outreach Program, see the Santa Barbara Partners in Education website or contact Rachel Winter.

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

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 in our program can also sign up for weekly departmental emails sent to undergrads to keep current with information about internships, classes, and other relevant opportunities. Contact Savannah Parison, Program Advisor, to join this mailing. Direct all other questions about the Art History Association to

2019-2020 Officers

   Savannah Parison, Program Advisor