spring interns

Becoming an intern is one of the best ways to get involved at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, while earning class credit and learning valuable skills. During the school year we offer various internships to interested individuals—ranging from Museum-based work with tours and education kits to working in the field leading outdoor education programs. We seek motivated individuals who are ready to get their hands dirty, and work in a dynamic environment with staff, volunteers, and other interns. If you have specific interests or projects for the Museum, let us know.

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summer interns

Summer Internships

Summer Programs Assistant- Help coordinate our summer programs: contact local businesses for sponsorships, arrange craft activities, help promote the programs, and prepare the stage for our big Saturday events at the Museum.

Junior Curator Camp Assistant- Help facilitate our Museum summer camps: prepare materials and curriculum, lead activities, work with kids in a fun educational atmosphere, and gain valuable leadership skills.

‘On-the-spot’ Program Assistant—Ever look out across the bay and wonder what lies before you? This intern will work with teams of volunteers to conduct informal interpretation about the natural surroundings of the Museum and Seabright Beach area with a spotting scope, binoculars, and field guides. Interns will work either Saturday or Sunday afternoons from mid June-mid September, and must attend three weekday training sessions June 16, 17, and 18, 2014.

Neary Water TestingSchool Year Internships

Field Education Program Assistant -Interns help lead school tours through the Neary Lagoon wetlands or Pogonip open space. These are outdoor, experiential programs that get kids interested in local wetlands and watersheds, while educating them on the delicate balance of our water systems. Interns will work outdoors with education staff leading small groups of students in field trip activities. Other duties may include delivering classroom presentations and helping to maintain and develop curriculum. 

Museum Education Program Assistant—Interns help lead school tours focused on the history of the native people of Santa Cruz. This tour teaches students about the everyday aspects of the Ohlone people’s lives using authentic artifacts and student participation. The intern will mainly work inside the museum with staff and trained docents. Other duties will include helping to maintain and develop curriculum and working on other museum-based tour programs.