Laguna Art Museum offers seasonal volunteer internships throughout the year for college students and recent college graduates. Internships are offered in the following departments: Curatorial, Collections, Education, Marketing/Public Relations, Membership, Library, Special Events, Administration, and Development. Applicants in the curatorial, collections, and education departments should have a background or interest in art history, studio art, or museum studies, and all applicants should possess general clerical skills and organizational abilities.
Now accepting internship applications in a variety of museum departments..
The Education Department’s function is to connect art with diverse audiences of all ages, including schools, adults, families, and tourists through a variety of programs including group tours, family art making activities/family days, and public programs such as lectures, panels, concerts and films.
Possible projects may include preparing for and assisting with student activities, organizing public programs, updating mailing lists, ordering supplies, maintaining the docent website, and scheduling.
Desired availability: Approximately 1-2 days per week, some Thursday evenings, and occasional weekends.
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 usage of the Library/Boardroom for other purposes.
The communications department promotes the museum and provides information about its programs and exhibitions through a number of marketing and public relations channels including a website, social media platforms, advertising, editorials, and press relations.
Projects may include updating the museum’s website, assembling press packets, research, basic graphic design, social media posting, and general office duties.
Desired availability: Four to six hours twice per week.
The Development department is an integral part of the museum that interacts with all other departments, from Special events to Collections management. The Development department manages relationships with the supporters, from yearly members to major donors, that are key to the museum’s realization of its mission and goals. This includes planning events, preparing regular communications, and creating long-term goals for the department.
Possible projects as an intern in the Development department can range from database management and mailings to research and special event assistance.
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.
Desired availability: 2-3 afternoons/week
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