Paid Stanford Student Internships

Freshmen and sophomores, be a part of the Cantor Arts Center this summer!


Gain invaluable first-hand experience and knowledge into the many facets of the museum while working on one of these paid special projects that connects you to the arts.




Andy Warhol Photography Collection

Work with the Cantor’s Andy Warhol Photography Collection. Under the direction and supervision of the Project Archivist, the intern will research the contents of the collection and help assign keywords to the images in the museum database. The student in this position will be trained in the basics of museum cataloging and become familiar with photo archiving. Other tasks including physically sorting and shelving the collection may be assigned. The candidate should have an interest in photography, fashion, and pop culture of the 1970s and 1980s. Please note: this position is only available part-time.


Arts of Africa and the Americas

Working under the supervision of the Curator of Arts of Africa and the Americas, the intern will assist with research for exciting upcoming exhibitions, respond to inquiries about the collection, and help evaluate potential donations. The intern will also assist with administrative support for the department. No previous experience with the art of Africa or the Americas required, but the candidate should be enthusiastic about learning.

Campus Engagement

Help organize programs for the Stanford community. The intern will help plan Party on the Edge under the supervision of the Coordinator of Student Engagement, including assisting with publicity, recruiting and scheduling performers, consulting on set up and food, and creating museum-specific night-of-the-party activities. The intern will also assist with outreach to faculty, using Explore Courses to identify potential classes that could visit the museum. Other projects involving contact with student groups may be assigned.



Work behind the scenes in the Collections and Exhibitions Departments.  Assisting the Registrars and the Assistant Curator for Collections Storage, the intern’s responsibilities will include: archiving registration files for exhibitions, organizing permanent collection files, applying physical numbers to objects, building boxes to house objects, assisting staff with storing objects.  Other projects may arise during the course of the internship. Please note: this position is only available part-time.



The intern will assist the Curatorial department by conducting curatorial and exhibition research. Additional responsibilities include artist research and tracing press and blog coverage of past, current, and upcoming exhibition artists. Assisting with permanent collection gallery reinstallations and other special projects may be assigned. Preference given to candidates with some knowledge of art history and its concepts. This position will be a great general introduction to the Cantor's collections.



Learn what it takes to open an exhibition. Responsibilities include organizing and maintaining the museum's exhibition archives, preparing materials for the gallery design planning process, assisting with the production of 100%-scaled graphic mock-ups, creating maquettes for curatorial usage in gallery models, monitoring and maintaining gallery aesthetics standards, attending certain exhibition meetings, and a range of administrative duties. Other special projects within the department may be assigned.


Family Programs

Get a chance to work with our youngest visitors as a key member of the Family Programs team. The intern will provide support for the highly popular Family Sunday Program and execute special projects under the supervision of the Family Programs Coordinator.  Responsibilities include corresponding with staff and the public concerning scheduling and general program questions, developing print materials, tracking metrics, and website maintenance.


Marketing and Communications

Under the supervision of the Director of Marketing and Communications, the intern will research media influencers to find out where the public gets information about art and art events. Other projects include creating a list of on-campus resources for advertising, updating the media contacts database, and writing for the Cantor’s website. Additional special projects may be assigned. The intern must have excellent writing skills, and some experience with photography and/or film is a plus. This position is great for someone who may need to market his or her own work.


All interns also meet with members of the Cantor staff for a weekly lunch and participate in field trips to Bay Area museums.


Eligibility and Requirements:


No experience required, but enthusiastic interest in art and museums is necessary. Internships are open to freshmen and sophomore Stanford students of all majors. You must be a Stanford student to apply.


Applicants should demonstrate eagerness to learn and take on a variety of tasks; strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently; attention to detail; willingness to be a team player, collaborate, participate, and take direction; and proficiency with MS Office.


Internships are approximately nine weeks and can be either 20 or 40 hours per week. Start and end dates are flexible and will be negotiated between intern and supervisor.


Internships include a stipend based on individual time commitment ($2,250 for part-time/$4,500 for full-time) to help cover living expenses, such as housing, food, and transportation. Housing is not provided by the museum.


To Apply:


Email all application materials to Coordinator of Student Engagement Kim Mansfield by 11:59pm on Monday, February 15, 2016:


  • Application form
  • Statement of interest per position (500 words maximum per position)
  • Resume
  • Unnoffical transcript (PDF)

Cantor staff will review all applications and contact top candidates for in-person interviews by the beginning of March. All applicants will be notified of their status at that time. Final decisions will be made by the beginning of April.