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)

LATEST INTERNSHIP/OPPORTUNITIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

Smithsonian Institution logo The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)Link opens an external site is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for the Smithsonian museums and collections. MCI holds research collections and oversees regular movement of objects and samples from institutions utilizing MCI’s services. In 2019 MCI began the process of creating its Collections Management Policy. This led to the implementation of TMS for management of collections, research of storage options, and development of collections management procedures.

MCI is looking for a Spring 2023 Collections InternLink opens an external site (January to May) to engage in a learning opportunity geared toward understanding collections management and registration methods. This internship will primarily be onsite at MCI, located at the SI Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD (Metro and SI shuttle accessible).

Projects will include assisting with: 1. Database clean-up; 2. Cleaning up project/object related files; 3. Sorting, researching, and documenting abandoned collections; and, 4. Cataloging MCI collections.

Required Skills from candidates include: 1. General understanding of museum collections information systems (TMS preferred); 2. General knowledge of museum collections management and registration; 3. Self-motivated and able to be proactive with communication on project updates and timelines; and, 4. Detail oriented

To learn more about this paid internship and how to apply, download the MCI Spring 2023 Collections Internship flyer Link opens in a PDF reader. The application deadline is Friday, December 2, 2022.


Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) logoThe Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP)Link opens an external site is looking for a part-time (20 hours/week) Design & Marketing Assistant. Working under the direction of the Associate Director for Advancement, the Design & Marketing Assistant will create strategic marketing and promotional assets to support SBTHP’s Public Engagement Division, development, and event rentals. Oversees the maintenance of key SBTHP touchpoints including the website and social media. Works within a team environment led by the Associate Director for Advancement.

Duties & Responsibilities include:

  1. Work with the Programs Department on marketing and event support including the creation of digital assets, flyers, postcards, and updating local event calendars
  2. Create marketing and promotional assets for email, social media, and web to support the department’s development, event rental, and membership needs
  3. Draft and post social media content on Facebook, Instagram, and other channels
  4. Manages and maintains SBTHP’s monthly content calendar
  5. Assists Visitor Experience Department with gift shop marketing needs
  6. Support Development staff at donor, membership, and partner events as neede
  7. Regularly updates SBTHP’s website and blog
  8. SBTHP is a diverse organization with a small staff and many activities; all staff members, including the Design & Marketing Assistant, must be versatile and cooperative in carrying out a variety of responsibilities and duties assigned by the Executive Director

For more information and to apply, visit The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) EmploymentLink opens an external site page.

Undergraduate Internships

Internships at art, architecture, and other kinds of institutions are a great way for students pursuing degrees in Art and Architectural History and Museum Studies to explore employment possibilities relevant to those fields. Internships are generally unpaid, and students must take the initiative in finding and applying for them. A number of possibilities, both on and off campus, are listed on this website, including a few that are taken as courses in other departments. More can be found in the downloadable Internship Opportunities flyer Link opens in a PDF reader and internships are often advertised in the History of Art & Architecture Newsletter for majors and minors in the department. Students also use their own initiative in finding other internship opportunities.

Students can earn academic credit for internships under five course numbers in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture: ARTHI 192A, B, C, D, and E. Each course can be taken for one to four units, and students can take a maximum of twelve units total in these courses throughout their time at UCSB. ARTHI 192A-D internships are on campus, ARTHI 192E internships are off campus. Application instructions for ARTHI 192A-C are indicated below; those for ARTHI 192D-E depend on the entities or institutions to which students apply. After securing an internship, students will need to submit an Internship Proposal Form for course enrollment and credit, but should consult with their faculty or staff supervisors at UCSB before doing so. Those who need further guidance can contact the Undergraduate Advisor, arthistory-ug-arthi@ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client.

ARTHI 192A-B (optional grading)

Art, Design & Architecture Museum / Architecture and Design Collection Internships

AD&A Museum Internships Link opens in a new window (ARTHI 192A) vary based on availability and student interest; options include internships in the Architecture and Design Collection Link opens in a new window (ARTHI 192B). Students intern for the full academic year and attend a weekly seminar; applications are accepted during spring quarter for the following year. For application information, contact the 2022-2023 Intern Coordinator, Letícia Cobra Lima, leticiacobralima@ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client. Four units earned through these internships may be applied to the Museum Studies emphasis or minor. If taken for a letter grade the units may also be applied to the other HAA major and minor tracks. Otherwise, students receive only units.

AD&A Museum Education and Outreach Program

Students applying for an AD&A Museum internship can indicate this program as one of the options to which they would like to be assigned. The Education and Outreach Program (EOP) Link opens in a new window program is dedicated to enriching the educational experience of K-12 students in the Santa Barbara area by introducing them to Art and Architectural History. Interns make presentations and guide students in classroom activities. Together with the EOP Coordinator, they curate the annual Kinder Art exhibition. For more information, contact the 2022-2023 EOP Coordinator, Letícia Cobra Lima, leticiacobralima@ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client.

ARTHI 192C (pass/no pass grading)

Image Resource Center Internship

An internship in the Image Resource Center (IRC) aids in developing skills in visual technologies and/or object study for research and in education. The internship may be designed with a focus in one or more of these areas: 

  • image technology related to research in Art and Architectural History
  • archival work with 35mm slides and potentially materials from the Architecture and Design Collection
  • object study in collaboration with the AD&A Museum and COBRAL, including object storage, handling, transfer and display

To apply, send your resume, a list of related work experience and coursework, and a clear outline of your goals for an internship to: IRC.info@arthistory.ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client. Applications are due four weeks before the beginning of the quarter in which the student intends to start working. For more information, contact the IRC via email or at (805) 893-2509.

ARTHI 192D-E (pass/no pass grading)

ARTHI 192D internships are on campus but administered by UCSB entities other than the AD&A Museum, ADC, or IRC. ARTHI 192E internships are off-campus at art, architecture, and other kinds of institutions. 

Students should begin the process for getting academic credit in the quarter before they intend to start working as an intern. Once they have secured an internship, they should meet with their faculty supervisor, who will check that the internship is appropriate for academic credit and let them know the requirements. Four units earned through these internships may be applied to the Museum Studies emphasis or minor. Otherwise, students receive only units. For more information contact the Director of Museum Studies, Dr. Carole Paul, paul@arthistory.ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client, who usually serves as the faculty supervisor for these internships.

Other Internship Possibilities at UCSB

CHEADLE CENTER FOR BIODIVERSITY & ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION (CCBER) Link opens in a new window (ARTHI 192D, pass/no pass grading)

   Contact: Katja Seltmann, seltmann@ccber.ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client 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.

INTERNSHIP IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD-KEEPING AND COLLECTIONS Link opens in a PDF reader (ANTH 178, optional grading)

Contact: Prof. Amber VanDerwarker, vanderwarker@anth.ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client

Interns serve as assistants in the department's Central Coast Information Center Link opens in a new window or Repository for Ethnographic and Archaeological Collections Link opens in a new window or both.

EXHIBITION STUDIES INTERNSHIP IN ART Link opens in a new window (ART 192ES)

Contact: Prof. Kim Yasuda, yasuda@ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client

This internship provides pedagogical and practical support for students exhibiting work within the Art Building and other venues across campus such as Cheadle Hall and the University Library. Among other skills, the course will include intensive training in exhibition scheduling and curating, installation and display, the production of didactic supplements such as information sheets, wall texts and titles, methods of promotion as well as de-installation and art handling.

INDIGENOUS STUDIES INTERNSHIPS (CH ST 115N, optional grading)

Contact: Prof. Gerardo Aldana, gvaldana@chicst.ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client

Introduction to NAGPRA Link opens in a new window (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and campus repatriation efforts toward compliance through supporting and/or contributing to the work of the UCSB Repository of Archaeological and Ethnographic Collections Link opens in a new window. Students learn about local indigenous community issues and allyship and acquire archival, collections, database and/or GIS experience based on interest. Internships comprise attendance at a one-hour seminar each week and flexible hours of supervised work.

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 192E (pass/no pass grading) 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 or Museum Studies minor

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, SANTA BARBARA CHAPTER (AIASB)Link opens an external site

   Contact: Tara Rizzi, Executive Director
   229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   tararizzi@aiasb.com link opens in the default email client or (805) 966-4198

ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION OF SANTA BARBARALink opens an external site

   Contact: Allison Marcillac, Executive Director
   229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   info@afsb.org link opens in the default email client or (805) 965-6307

THE ARTS FUNDLink opens an external site

   Contact: Marcello Ricci, Program Director
   205C Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   info@artsfundsb.org link opens in the default email client 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.

CASA DEL HERREROLink opens an external site

   Contact: Nichole LaViola, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
   1387 E. Valley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
   laviola@casadelherrero.com link opens in the default email client or (805) 565-5653, ext. 202

CASA DOLORES, CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE POPULAR ARTS IN MEXICOLink opens an external site

   Contact: Sonia Khachikians
   1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   casadoloressb@gmail.com link opens in the default email client 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 casadoloressb@gmail.com link opens in the default email client.

FINE ART CONSERVATION LABLink opens an external site

   Contact: Gena Dillon, Office Manager
   P.O. Box 23557, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
   faclofficemanager@gmail.com link opens in the default email client or (805) 564-3438

LOTUSLANDLink opens an external site

   Contact: Sierra Butler, Receptionist
   695 Ashley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
   sbutler@lotusland.org link opens in the default email client or (805) 969-3767, ext. 101

THE SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN, PRITZLAFF CONSERVATION CENTER GALLERYLink opens an external site

   Contact: Kate Davis, Interpretation and Evaluation Coordinator
   1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
   kdavis@sbbg.org link opens in the default email client or (805) 682-4726, ext. 160

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURELink opens an external site

   Contact: Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director
   Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St., Third Floor, Rotunda Tower, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   sarah@sbac.ca.gov link opens in the default email client or (805) 568-3992

SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Collections)Link opens an external site

   Contact: Collections Department
   136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   collections@sbhistorical.org link opens in the default email client 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 digitizing catalog records.

SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Education)Link opens an external site

   Contact: Education Department
   136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   education@sbhistorical.org link opens in the default email client 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.

SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUMLink opens an external site

   Contact: Emily Falke, Director of Collections & Exhibits/Curator
   113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
   efalke@sbmm.org link opens in the default email client or (805) 456-8745

SANTA BÁRBARA MISSION ARCHIVE-LIBRARY (SBMAL)Link opens an external site

   Contact: Research
   2201 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
   research@sbmal.org link opens in the default email client

SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ARTLink opens an external site

   Contact: Margot Dement, Human Resources Director
   1130 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   mdement@sbma.net link opens in the default email client or hr@sbma.net link opens in the default email client or (805) 884-6440

Internships vary, most require office or computer skills.

SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORYLink opens an external site

   Contact: Human Resources
   2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
   hr@sbnature2.org link opens in the default email client or (805) 682-4711

SANTA BARBARA TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION (SBTHP)Link opens an external site

   Contact: Danny Tsai, Director of Programs
   123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
   danny@sbthp.org link opens in the default email client or (805) 961-5374

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

SULLIVAN GOSS - AN AMERICAN GALLERYLink opens an external site

   Contact: Nathan Vonk
   11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   nathan@sullivangoss.com link opens in the default email client or (805) 730-1460

WATERHOUSE GALLERYLink opens an external site

   Contact: Ralph and Diane Waterhouse
   La Arcada Plaza, 1114 State Street, Suite 9, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
   art@waterhousegallery.com link opens in the default email client or (805) 962-8885


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 for HAA students Link opens in a new window. 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.

Find additional information at UCSB Education Abroad Program Link opens in a new window.