Laguna Art Museum offers seasonal unpaid internships throughout the year for college students and recent college graduates. Internships are offered in the following departments: Communications, Curatorial/Collections, Design/Installation, Development, Education, Library, and Special Events. Applicants should have a background or interest in art history, studio art, or museum studies. Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate-level studies, and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Academic credit can be arranged.

– One day orientation with introductions from the head of each department.
– Mentorship: The opportunity to spend valuable time with a seasoned museum professional.
– Regular reviews to assure alignment with educational goals.
– Increase in student’s professional network.
– Involvement in the Southern California art scene with a nearly hundred-year-old institution.
– A complimentary Family Membership for one year.
– A convivial, friendly work environment with a small, dynamic team.

Curatorial / Special Events

The Special Events department is currently seeking intern candidates to assist with Laguna Art Museum’s Centennial Celebration events, including the annual California Cool Art Auction. The Art Auction is a popular museum-curated event featuring original works by over 100 California artists. Interns will assist with artist research, didactic composition, compiling checklists, database management, and other events-related projects. This position is ideal for those seeking careers in curating, marketing, or development in the museum industry. Upper division students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, graduate students, or recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be confident and capable writers and researchers with a basic knowledge of California art history.


The Communications department promotes the museum and provides information about its exhibitions and programs through marketing and public relations. The Communications intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Communications, and with other museum departments, in support of website, social media, press relations, marketing, and other special projects. For Fall 2017, the internship will focus primarily on content and data entry for the website and other database projects. Previous experience in WordPress and Excel will be useful. The internship provides an opportunity to contribute to the important work of the museum while gaining experience in communications and museum practices for students pursuing career paths the arts, culture, media, and nonprofits.

Curatorial / Registrar

The Registrar’s Office creates and maintains the official records for the museum collections, for loans to or from the museum, and for publication of images of artwork owned by the museum, and is involved with managing logistics for many of those transactions.
Internship projects will support such tasks as conducting inventories of physical artwork and cataloguing objects and donations in the museum collections database, and assisting as needed with exhibitions.


The Development and Special Events departments are the museum’s connection with its most important supporters and advocates in the community. Learning about this aspect in the museum industry will bring enriching experiences and knowledge of donor stewardship and cultivation. Through special events, targeted communications, and outreach to specific audiences, you will learn the ropes of how a museum funds its mission and realizes its vision, working closely with the small team at the museum.


The library has been an integral part of the museum since its earliest beginnings as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918. Housed in the museum’s boardroom, the library maintains a research-level collection of approximately 5,000 books. The collection is non-circulating, consisting of artists and specialized art subjects, art reference books and exhibition catalogues of museums, galleries and private collections, three artist file collections, and the special collection of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure. Responsibilities include cataloging a wide variety of material, processing and filing of books and artist files, shelf reading, weeding artist files and books.
Requirements: Art background, library experience helpful but not necessary, and flexible hours due to use of the Library for other purposes.

>> Currently accepting internship applications for Fall 2017. Please apply with the web-form below.
Please email Kristen Anthony with general internship inquiries or call  949.494.8971 x207.


Internship Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer intern at Laguna Art Museum. Interns are one of the museum's richest resources. Please fill out this short application, and someone will contact you soon.
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