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Internship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in internship opportunities at the San Diego History Center. The San Diego History Center’s Internship Program provides an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of one of San Diego’s leading museums.

The San Diego History Center offers fall, winter/spring, and summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships are an unpaid learning experience offered for academic credit. Internships are commonly available in a wide range of museum departments including Education, Collections, Exhibitions, Marketing, and Development.

Though interns are assigned to one area, SDHC offers a unique learning experience whereby students will not only be mentored by their hosting supervisor, but they will also attend a break-out session hosted by various departments, will have access to attend the Museum’s public programming, and be able to request one-on-one interviews with staff members in order to learn more about their professions.

Acceptance into the internship program is based upon academic achievements, interests, experience, related skills, and availability. Time commitments are flexible depending on availability and the department’s needs. All internship applicants are required to be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution.  Supporting documentation may be required to participate. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old for many, but not all, internship opportunities.  The San Diego History Center encourages diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Internship Opportunities:  

Education Collections Internship (PDF): San Diego History Center’s Education Department is seeking an intern to review and organize their education collection. This small collection includes books, various ephemera, and bound reports of various sizes and age. A separate collection of VHS tapes and DVDs with educational material exists, that is also in need of organizing.

Photograph Collection Internship (PDF): SDHC is pleased to offer an internship in our photograph collection. This internship is intended for a student who is interested in and studying to work in a museum or archive. The successful candidate will be responsible for processing and cataloging the photograph collection in the collections management database, PastPerfect. Other duties may also be assigned.

Photograph Collection Internship In Motion Picture Film (PDF): SDHC is pleased to offer an internship in our motion picture film collection. This internship is intended for a student who is interested in and studying to work in a museum or archive. The successful candidate will be responsible for processing and cataloging the motion picture film collection in the collections management database, PastPerfect. Other duties may also be assigned.

Calendar of Application Process 

January 15 – Deadline for submitting Winter/Spring Internship applications
April 30 – Deadline for submitting Summer Internship applications
September 8 – Deadline for submitting Fall Internship applications

Application Process: 

  1. Please email the following information to the Volunteer Engagement Manager at volunteer@sandiegohistory.org with the internship you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
  • Resume
  • Cover letter – please describe your interest in the internship you are applying for, what skills you have to offer, what you hope to gain from the experience and your dates and hours of availability or requirement.
  1. Please complete the Online Internship Application.

All completed materials are required in order to be considered for an internship position. SDHC will send all applicants a reply email confirming receipt of internship application material. If there is interest in a student’s candidacy, SDHC will be in further contact with the applicant.