Volunteer Opportunities at the Museum

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Internship Program at U.C. Santa Barbara  
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Students enrolled at U.C. Santa Barbara may earn course credit through the museum's internship program. Interns may enroll for 1-4 units per quarter, up to a maximum of 8 units. Each unit represents 30 hours of work, most of which will be spent at the museum.

All internships consist of two parts. First, you will work with our director, Dr. Gary Coombs, to identify a project for your internship. Typically, these projects involve the museum's collections, exhibits or educational programs. Past projects have included: helping to organize the museum's library to conform with the Library of Congress cataloging system, designing a children's version of our self-guided tour, and participating in the design of a permanent gateway exhibition for the museum.

Second, you will spend time as a museum volunteer in one or more "visitor-contact" positions. This may involve being an engineer or conductor on our miniature train, sharing the model railroad exhibit with visitors or serving as "station agent" in Goleta Depot's Freight Office. All of these positions involve a lot of interaction with the museum's visitors, as well as learning about local and railroad history. No experience is necessary; all necessary training is provided.

If you think you might be interested in a museum internship, please explore this web site more fully to get additional information about the museum. Then contact the program coordinator, Dr. Thea Cremers (via e-mail or by calling her at the museum, 805-964-3540, Wed-Fri., 1 to 4 p.m.) at your earliest convenience (positions are limited and competitive) to discuss scheduling and answer your questions. She will also set up an appointment with Dr. Coombs regarding project possibilities. Finally, you will receive an approval code to sign up for Anthro 190, where the credit will be earned.

Read what our interns have to say about their museum experiences, view intern images, and more!

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