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Internships

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. Internships at Laguna Art Museum are designed to provide students and recent graduates with opportunities to gain firsthand experience in a museum department of their choice. 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.

To assure rewarding and unique opportunities, our interns follow an established program which includes:
– One day orientation with an overview from the Executive Director on the art of California, and introductions from each head of 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.
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Laguna Art Museum offers internships during the following periods:
Fall (September- December)
Spring (January-April)
Summer (June-August)
Some departments may offer internship opportunities outside these periods. Additional opportunities will be updated on this page.

We are currently accepting internship applications for:
Fall 2016
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Please apply with the web-form below.

Please email Kristen Anthony with general internship inquiries or call  949.494.8971 x 207.

Communications
The Communications department promotes the museum and provides information about its exhibitions and programs through marketing and public relations channels including a website, social media, advertising, editorials, and press relations. The Communications intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Communications, and with other museum departments, in support of marketing and other special projects. The internship provides an opportunity to contribute to the important work of the museum while gaining experience in communications and museum practices that may be useful for students pursuing career paths the arts, culture, media, and nonprofits.
Desired availability: Two to three afternoons per week.

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.
Desired availability: Two to three afternoons per week.

Design/Installation
Work closely with the graphic/exhibition design and marketing teams to create materials for both on and offline promotions as well as graphic materials for museum exhibitions. Laguna Art Museum values our interns for their strong design sensibility and promotes their professional development during the term. Learn to meet daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines in a fast-paced museum environment.
Desired availability: Two to three afternoons per week.

Development
The Development department is 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.
Desired availability: Two to three afternoons per week.

Education
The Education Department connects art with diverse audiences of all ages through a variety of programs, including guided group tours, art-making workshops, family festivals, summer camps, outreach programs, and public programs such as lectures, panels, concerts, and films.
Possible projects may include preparing for and assisting with student programs, organizing public programs, updating mailing lists, ordering supplies, maintaining education websites, research, and scheduling programs and tours.
Desired availability: Two to three hours twice per week. Currently accepting internship applications for Spring 2017.

Library
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 Spring 2017.

Special Events
The Development department is 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.
Desired availability: Two to three afternoons per week.

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>> If you are interested in applying for an internship, please complete the form below and submit with the required attachments.
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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.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf.
    Please upload your current resume in .doc or .pdf format.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf.
    Please upload your current resume in .doc or .pdf format.