Graduate Student Opportunities

The IAS provides graduate students with opportunities to pursue a range of projects relevant to museum careers and arts entrepreneurship. Curatorial writing projects, co-curating of exhibitions, the creation of public programs, and research on museum studies and curatorial pedagogies are some of the recent activities undertaken by UCSC grad students working with the IAS. 

Graduate Assistants: Curatorial

Curatorial Assistant positions for graduate students with the IAS are offered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on funding. These positions allow graduate students to work with IAS staff to conduct research for exhibitions and arts programming; develop curatorial writing projects, and/ or assist in planning and curating exhibitions. Curatorial Assistant positions vary in length and duration.

Email the IAS's Curator and Program Manager Rachel Nelson ( for more information.  ​

Rachel Nelson, former IAS Curatorial Graduate Assistant 2015-17, with the artists from the Crochet Coral Reef and IAS Director, John Weber, Arts Dean Susan Solt, and Sesnon Gallery Director Shelby Graham.

Graduate Assistants: Research 

Graduate student research assistants for the IAS are chosen by an application process and/ or by nominations by faculty in the Arts. IAS graduate research assistants positions vary in duration and are funding dependent.​ Graduate student research assistants with the IAS primariliy assist with developing public programming. They also have responsibilities on research projects around museum studies and curatorial pedagogies.

Announcements about current IAS GSR positions are circulated to graduate students and faculty in the Arts Division.

IAS GSRs undertake research on museum studies and curatorial pedagogies.