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
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/ 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.

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.
Oral History Project

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.

If you are a college or university student with fluency in Chinese (Mandarin)/Cantonese, we’d love to enlist your assistance with the Museum’s Oral History Project.  Your duties will include:

  • Learning to conduct oral history interviews and participating in interview workshops with community members and Museum staff
  • Providing support for the work involved preparing interview transcripts (in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Cantonese)

We’re able to offer a modest stipend to interns supporting the Oral History Project, thanks to support from Musuem members who’ve contributed to the project through the Mid-Autumn Festival Matching Fund Auction.

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, also addressing your level of fluency in project languages
    • 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


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.

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 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

Volunteer will:

  • 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