Internships (Part-time, temporary, unpaid internship)
Our team seeks interns to provide essential support within each of our departments during the summer 2019 semester. Ideal interns will relish a significant learning opportunity that puts them at the heart of our organization, as well as in direct support of our critical staff and multi-faceted programs, all of which touch on a unique collection of artifacts celebrating the richness of Chinese history, art, culture, and the contributions of Chinese Americans. School credit can be arranged. Positions are available in the following areas of concentration:
Membership and Collections Database Intern
Outreach and Communications/ Design Intern
The Design & Communications intern will gain experience overseeing all of the Museum’s public relations, internal publications, flyers, and social media presence to enhance SDCHM’s image regionally and nationally. Specific projects include adding SDCHM events and exhibitions to numerous online media, crafting content for the Museum’s social media accounts, establishing partnerships with other community organizations for events, and developing content for the Museum’s newsletter. Candidates for a Design & Communications internship will be expected to have excellent writing, graphic and follow-up skills. Creativity and willingness to learn is a must, professional experience with social media and Adobe Photoshop a plus.
Oral History Project Intern
If you are a college or university student with basic knowledge of digital video editing processes, perhaps studying anthropology, ethnic studies, communications, or visual/media arts, we’d love to enlist your help preparing a repository of video recordings that will form part of the oral history project at the Museum. Your duties, as an Oral History Project Intern will include:
- Providing technical support for editing video clips of the oral history interviews realized through phase I workshops, using OpenShot, an open-source software for video editing.
- Providing support for the work preparing interview transcripts (in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Cantonese)
- Learning to conduct oral history interviews and participating in interview workshops with community members and Museum staff
We’re excited to invite students and younger community members to play an integral role in launching the Museum’s oral history project. Through an internship with the Museum, you’ll have the chance to learn about best practices in the field of oral history, while getting to know community members and learning about their contributions and achievements through their own words, as you participate in work to construct a more inclusive historical narrative of the city and the region.
We’re able to offer a modest ($250) stipend to interns supporting the Oral History Project, thanks to support from the County Board of Supervisors.
In the cover letter that you will prepare as part of your application, please elaborate on the following:
- Describe your interest in, exposure to, and experience with oral history.
- How would an internship at the SDCHM apply to your studies and future research?
- What skills and experience do you bring to the table that would be beneficial to the SDCHM?
You may send your complete application, including a cover letter, a resumé, and an unofficial copy of your academic transcript as one PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer, with specific dates to be determined with supervisor. Interns work 2 full days per week, plus several evening events throughout the semester. All interns every week will record Museum attendance, assist with upkeep of the Museum’s grounds, process Museum tickets, and lend a hand in operating the gift shop.
- Email your résumé, a cover letter, and an unofficial copy of your transcript as one PDF file to email@example.com.
- In the subject line: include your full name and first-choice area of concentration (from above) in the subject line (example: Jane Doe_Membership/CollectionsDatabase).
- In your cover letter: indicate your top two areas of concentration (from above) and describe your qualifications in those areas. NOTE: For applicants who would specifically like to intern with the Museum’s Oral History Project, you will need to address specific concerns in your cover letter. These are outlined in the internship description.
- Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Should your application meet the above requirements, we will contact you for an interview. No phone calls, please.
Volunteer & Docents
The Museum is seeking volunteers and docents to give our Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tours and Sun Yat Sen Memorial extension tours. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a docent, please contact us at (619) 338-9888 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn about the Museum’s permanent collection, which focuses on San Diego’s Old Chinatown and the history of Chinese in San Diego
- Be familiar with the Museum’s extension building collection
- Serve as a docent for visitors
- Assist in Museum events and exhibit set-up
- Assist Executive Director and staff in upcoming projects