Paid Stanford Student Internships

Freshmen and sophomores,

be part of the Cantor Arts Center this summer!

Apply now for one of our paid internships!


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




Learn what it takes to open an exhibition. Responsibilities include organizing and maintaining the museum's exhibition archives, monitoring and maintenance of individual exhibition schedules, coordinating and 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 will include: correspondence with staff and the public concerning scheduling and general program questions. Other duties entail developing print materials, tracking metrics and website maintenance.


Gallery Planning

The intern will work jointly with multiple departments including exhibitions, visitor services, and facilities to update and create accurate floor plans of all galleries. In addition to refining the Cantor’s digital set of gallery floor plans, the student will work on other exhibition and collections initiatives including special exhibition planning, exhibition furniture strategies, and updating scaled gallery models. Must be proficient in Illustrator and have a knack for numbers. Good spatial reasoning skills and SketchUp Pro knowledge a plus.


Imaging and Copyright

Under the direction and supervision of the Associate Registrar, the intern will assist with clearing rights for using images of the Cantor’s collection in publications and organizing the Cantor’s image files. The student in this position will be trained in the basics of copyright, will correspond with artists and will become familiar with the day-to-day responsibilities of a museum registrar. Great if you have an interest in the law.


Social Media

Working closely with the curatorial, education, and marketing departments, the intern will create posts for Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, using the Cantor’s collection database to unearth objects from storage and bring them to life digitally. The student will conduct basic research on artists in the collection, specific artworks, regions, and art movements to the extent that is necessary to write accurately about the art. The intern will be able to tailor the focus of many posts to his or her academic interests.


Student Engagement

Plan Party on the Edge. The intern will assist the Coordinator of Student Engagement with the annual party, including publicity, recruiting and scheduling performers, consulting on set up and food, and creating museum-specific night-of-the party activities. Other special projects related to campus, student outreach, and the education department will be assigned.


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 freshman and sophomore Stanford students of all majors.


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 midnight on Monday, February 16:

  • Application form
  • Statement of interest per position (500 words maximum per position)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript (scanned 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.