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, in direct support of our critical staff, as well as multi-faceted programs and events that touch on a unique collection of artifacts that celebrate 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
The Membership team focuses on fundraising geared toward current and potential Members. Specific responsibilities include addressing Member concerns and requests in an expedient and professional manner, drafting acknowledgement letters, and coordinating mailings and benefit fulfillment, including events. Records for member donations of artifacts need to be updated and tagged in our collections as well. Candidates for a Membership and Collections Database internship will demonstrate patience, discretion, and strong organizational skills.
Outreach and Communications Intern
The Outreach and Communications intern will gain experience in the Communications department of the Museum, which oversees 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 assisting with 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 helping develop content for the Museum’s newsletter. Candidates for an Outreach and Communications internship will have excellent writing and follow-up skills. Professional experience with social media and Adobe Photoshop a plus.
Education Intern
The Education team focuses on providing quality Classroom Exhibit Presentations (CEPs) that feature topics of Chinese history, Chinese art and culture, and Chinese American history. The Education intern will gain in-depth experience by designing, facilitating, and teaching programs for elementary and high-school students. He/she will also gain skills in managing lesson plans and making presentations. Fluency in Chinese is desirable. Candidates for a Education internship will also be detail-oriented, have experience working with kids in a formal setting, and possess strong technical skills with a proficiency in MS office.
IT Intern
The IT intern prioritizes the day-to-day running of the Museum and its facilities and focuses on the maintenance of online platforms. Projects include updating the Museum’s website with information and photos on events and exhibitions, taking photos for website purposes, and assisting the Administrative Coordinator with day-to-day operations work. Candidates for an IT internship can multi-task and have strong technical and website building skills. Experience with WordPress a plus.


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 giftshop.

To apply:

  • Email your résumé, a cover letter, and an unofficial copy of your transcript as one PDF file to
  • 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 briefly describe your qualifications in those areas.
  • 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.



The Museum is looking for volunteers to work in the Museum and for docents during the week to give our Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tours as well as to give tours of our Sun Yat Sen Memorial extension site. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a docent, please call us at (619) 338-9888 or contact

Volunteer will:

  • Learn about the Museum’s permanent collection, which focuses on San Diego’s Old Chinatown and the history of the 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