Project Look Museum Education Internship


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Tue Aug 23, 2016 - Fri Dec 09, 2016


1313 Newell RoadPalo Alto, CA 94303

Interns are vital to the Palo Alto Art Center, assisting staff with everything from education to exhibitions!


Interested in museum education, art-making, and working with children?

Project Look offers tours of exhibitions to K-8 th grade students from local schools. Interns lead interactive tours of the Art Center galleries and provide hands-on art activities.

Interns support the Project Look program by leading tours and assisting with hands-on art making. Interns will receive training in developing practical and engaging touring strategies. For many of the children participating in the program, Project Look is their first museum experience; as an intern, you are helping children cultivate a love for museums and the arts. Interns work closely with staff and are encouraged to network and strengthen their professional skills.

Designed for college and graduate students, as well as adults interested in re-entering the workforce or exploring a career change, Art Center internships give you the opportunity to enhance professional skills, build your professional network, and serve the community.

In this role, you will...

  • Assist staff with set up, clean up and preparation of supplies
  • Participate in tour training and professional development activities
  • Lead inquiry-based tours for school groups of varying ages
  • Support students with hands-on art making activities
  • Work with docent volunteers
  • One-on-one mentorship from Art Center staff

You are a great fit for this role if you are...

  • Enthusiastic about working with children in a museum setting

  • Interested in art-making processes, contemporary art practices, and art engagement strategies

  • Familiar with classroom management practices and have classroom experience or related course work

  • Skilled in time management, prioritization, and organization

  • Flexible, able to self-start, and have a passion for the arts and/or creative endeavors

  • A strong communicator

  • Comfortable interacting with the public

  • Willing to submit to fingerprinting

When you will work...

Interns provide 6-10 hours of service, 1-2 days per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays), between September and December.

Ready to join the team? Here’s what to do...
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references. In the cover letter, please address the questions following questions:

  • Why do you feel you would be a good fit for this internship?

  • How does this internship support your professional goals?

    Send all materials to Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


  • Child Development
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth Services
  • General Education
  • Arts Administration

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6-10 hours of service, 1-2 days per week
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