Internship Program

1548011_10152210901951246_2350494806372594874_oThe Museum Internship Program at the Monterey Museum of Art provides a valuable educational experience in a professional museum environment to undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). MMA Interns meaningfully contribute to a dynamic, collaborative work environment, and are exposed to best practices in art museums. Students who wish to obtain academic credit for their internship must make their own arrangements with their college or university. Interns are presently unpaid.


General requirements for Museum Internships include:

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and computer skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks at one time
  • Detail oriented

Requirements for specific Internships are outlined within each Internship description.


Academic Year and Summer Internships

Summer Internships
The Museum Internship Program Summer Session runs from June through August. Participants are required to intern a minimum of four hours per day, eight hours per week and must complete 80 hours during the course of the summer internship.

Deadline for Summer 2017 Internship Applications: April 15, 2017.

Academic Year Internships

Interns are accepted twice during the year, in a Fall Session taking place from September through early December, and a Spring Session, which runs from February through May. Intern hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules; however, participants are required to intern a minimum of four hours per day, eight hours per week and must complete 90 hours during the internship session.

Deadline for Spring 2017 Internship Applications: November 15, 2016.
Deadline for Fall 2017 Internship Applications: July 15, 2017.

Position Descriptions for Internships:


Curatorial Intern duties may include the physical handling of artwork, observing and recording of artwork condition and location, assisting with the physical inventory of artworks in collection storage, responding to research inquiries, digital photography of collection objects, organizing collection and exhibition files, and related data entry in the museum’s EmbARK collections management database. The Intern may also assist the curatorial department with research projects and the processing of changing exhibitions and other tasks as needed.

  • Major in art, museum studies and/or art history


The Education and Community Partnerships Department focuses on the Museum’s engagement of children and adults through innovative programs and in-gallery experiences. Education Interns will learn about best practices in Museum Education and the dialogical model of visitor interaction. Education Interns will work with the Director of Education and Community Partnerships to engage children and adults in interactive tours and hands-on art experiences during events such as school tours, Family Days, and evening programs.

Additional qualifications for this Internship include:

  • Major in art, education, museum studies and/or art history
  • An interest in art education and working with a diverse range of age groups
  • An ability to work with the public and speak in front of groups


The Events Department is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of special events for the Monterey Museum of Art. Event Interns will learn the components of an event through logistical planning and hands on experience at events. Event Intern duties may include performing a variety of administrative tasks to fulfill details for an event, set up and break down of events and assisting the Director of Events at events. Additional qualifications for this Internship include:

  • Major in hospitality studies or related field
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and ability to multi-task


Additional departments may accept internships based on availability; inquire with [email protected] for details.

Special Term Internships

The Museum Internship Program periodically offers opportunities in addition to the academic year and summer internships. These internships are for an extended period of time and are focused on a specific project. Inquire with [email protected] for details.


Application Guidelines

Prospective interns should submit an application, which includes an application form, a résumé/CV, and a cover letter expressing your interest. Selected applicants will then be interviewed and considered for placement based on the needs of the museum as well as the candidate’s interests and experience.

To apply, send all completed application materials to:

Education Department
559 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940


[email protected]