Focus on Internships: Nonprofits and Museums

Focus on Internships

By Samantha Shemick, UCSB Career Services Peer

At the Internships with Non-Profits & Museums panel, five employers came to discuss their available internship opportunities. These panelists were: Erin Kozaki from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Yvonne Emerson from Casa Dolores, Anne Petersen from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Pamme Mickelson from Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, and Ray Corbett from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Each employer spent time discussing the types of internships that are available, and how to apply to these internships.

Erin Kozaki is the Director of Development with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is an organization dedicated to the funding of blood cancer research. They have a variety of internships in many locations to fit your interests and needs. The available internships will be posted on GauchoLink. There are no specific deadlines for these internships, and each local internship lasts for a quarter. No particular major is required for the internships, but they are looking for candidates who are personable, passionate about what they do, detail oriented, good with time management, able to work independently, and capable of good communication. For more information about available positions, please check the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website or look for postings on GauchoLink.

Yvonne Emerson is the Associate Director at Casa Dolores, which is a center for the study of the popular arts of Mexico. Casa Dolores has three internships available to students: the Education Internship, Event & Marketing Internship, and Collections Internship. Education interns primarily assist with educational programs and demonstrations such as tours, events, exhibitions, and public relations. Event & Marketing Interns help to create an annual calendar, plan media coverage, and market for the museum. Collections Interns catalog artifacts and books, as well as help maintain the collections. In general, Casa Dolores is looking for interns who have their own laptop, are detail oriented, creative, flexible, and self-motivated, and have good research and writing skills. Students interested in Mexican art and culture, and are bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus. For the Education and Collections Interns, Casa Dolores is also looking for interns that can work independently, and for the Event & Marketing interns, they are looking for interns with good computer skills in programs such as Word, Excel, and Photoshop. The internships last approximately 3-4 months with a minimum of 10 hours per week. These positions are available until filled. If you have a range of talents that are not related to your major, please mention that in your cover letter. For more information about these internships, please check the Casa Dolores website or look for postings on GauchoLink.

Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, which is an organization that aims to preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County. Internships range in areas from museum education, museum curation, archaeology and historic preservation, and public relations. There are no specific deadlines, and the average internship duration is three months to accommodate for the quarter system. Interns usually work about 15 to 20 hours per week. The organization is looking for interns who can work independently and take initiative, is detail oriented, and shares a passion for what the Santa Barbara Trust and Historic Preservation does. As a tip to stand out from other interns, Anne mentioned interns that send direct emails and portrays knowledge about the organization are more likely to get hired. For more information about the available internships, please visit the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation website

Pamme Mickelson is the Special Events Coordinator for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, which is an organization that focuses on diabetes awareness and prevention especially for pregnant women. They have summer internship opportunities for those in the medical or biomedical field as well as volunteer opportunities that are open to all majors. The Summer Internship Program is a paid internship for those in the medical field. The program lasts about 6-8 weeks, and interns work 40 hours per week. It is an intensive, hands-on experience where interns learn about clinical and academic medicine as well as medical research. The deadline for this internship is April 1st, 2014. Those who are not in the medical field can still volunteer on a more episodic basis to help with clerical tasks, public relations, event planning, and more. Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is looking for interns who are interested in diabetes, have knowledge about diabetes, and know the basic vocabulary. A cover letter is necessary, and information about related experience or volunteer opportunities in the cover letter is a plus. For more information about the internship and volunteer opportunities, please check the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute website Please be sure to check the website for future deadlines after April 1st.

Ray Corbett is the Associate Curator of Archaeology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, which preserves natural history collections. There are both internship and volunteer opportunities. The internship is through a class on campus in the Anthropology department. The internship is quarterly and students receive academic credit. Interns work in the research lab and collection facility. Hours per week depends on how many units the student decides to take the class as. If a student does not need academic credit, they are still welcome to volunteer. Ray is looking for students who are detail oriented, competent, and able to work independently. For more information about the internship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Ray directly at Although there is no formal application process, Ray will interview those interested in the positions.

If you have any more questions about these specific internships or other internships available in the non-profit and museum fields, please visit the Career Resources Room at UCSB Career Services.

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