Internship and Employment Placements

Museums and related institutions around the country have hosted our interns or employed our graduates. We work closely with our students and our museum network to ensure that student needs and institution needs align for the best placements. Graduate internships comprise a 144-hour practicum with an off-campus partner, which is roughly 9 hours per week over a 15-week semester, or concentrated full-time in the summer or winter breaks. Graduate students usually complete two internships — or more — during their individuated programs to refine or expand skill sets in one area, or over multiple areas of museum work.

Recent Internship Placement

Recent internship placement in the past three years includes the Asian Art Museum; the Autry National Center; the Bellevue Arts Museum; the California Academy of Sciences; the Hayward Area Historical Society; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles; the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley; the Richmond Museum of History; the San Francisco Airport Museums; SFMOMA; the San Jose Museum of Art; the Walt Disney Family Museum; and many others. In units on the SFSU campus, placements include art, archives, library and anthropology collections.

Recent Places of Employment for Graduates

Recent graduate workplaces in the past three years include foundations, nonprofits, consulting firms and all areas of museum operations:

  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Autry National Center
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • CuriOdyssey, in San Mateo, California
  • di Rosa Preserve, in Napa, California
  • Golden Gate Conservancy
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft, in Portland, Oregon
  • Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco
  • Museum of History and Industry, in Seattle, Washington
  • Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma
  • Sacramento History Museum
  • Peabody Museum at Yale University
  • Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Rosie the Riveter/Home Front National Historical Park
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • San Francisco Airport Museums
  • San Francisco Fine Arts Museums
  • San Francisco Historical Society and Museum
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • SFMOMA; the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Stanford University
  • Wells Fargo Museum, San Francisco
  • University of Southern California Fisher Museum of Art
  • and many others!