Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Lucy Ashton, Gracia Brown, and Sophia Dimatteo, IAS 2017 Student Interns
Lucy Ashton, Gracia Brown, and Sophia Dimatteo, IAS 2017 Student Interns

Are you a UC Santa Cruz undergraduate student interested in arts entrepreneurship, museum work, and arts programming? At the Institute of the Arts and Science, students gain valuable pre-professional experience by assisting with curatorial projects, education programs, public events, public relations, and outreach. ​The IAS offers paid internships, for-credit internships, and other job opportunities to students.​

Paid Internships

IAS paid internships are pre-professional programs for UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students interested in careers as arts entrepreneurs and/ or museum professionals, and are supported by the Clare M. Wedding Endowment Fund. These internships can span a quarter or an academic year, and offer unique academic and practical experience for select juniors and seniors in the Arts Division. Paid internships are 8-10 hours per week during the academic year, with interns responsible for exhibition and program development.

Internship job postings can be found at www.careercenter.ucsc.edu.

Student intern Gracia Brown in the IAS offices

Internships for Academic Credit

Internships for academic credit with the IAS are offered on a case-by-case basis. Internship proposals are crafted by upper class students majoring in the Arts in coordination with an IAS staff member who will be the student's supervisor and academic sponsor, and are approved by the student's advisor. Academic internships are focused on creating educational programming for existing and upcoming exhibitions; conducting research for exhibitions and arts programming; assisting in planning and curating exhibitions; conducting outreach for IAS programming, and assisting with events, conferences, and artist lecture series.

Email the IAS (ias@ucsc.edu) for more information.

IAS intern Lucy Ashton teaches students to crochet at a Crochet Coral Reef Workshop

Job  Opportunities

The IAS employs UC Santa Cruz students in various part-time positions throughout the academic year, including administrative, event and exhibition assistants, art handlers, etc. Students across all disciplines interested in museum work are encouraged to apply. All student employment positions are advertised at www.careercenter.ucsc.edu. For more information, email ias@ucsc.edu.

Zafiro Vaca Mirana and Jack Wolcott, interns for the Collective Museum exhibition.