All internships are unpaid. We encourage those seeking educational credit to apply. All interns are invited to attend all special events, including opening receptions, fundraisers, and special programs. The museum sponsors several regular unpaid internship positions, each with a minimum commitment of three months. Internships are usually filled on a semester by semester basis, however, exceptions can be made. There are additional internships not listed here, which correspond to academic degrees, please contact us for more information.

Public Programs Intern

The Public Programs Intern assists in the development, implementation, and management of dynamic programs for a diverse audience through various interpretative approaches to the museum’s collection and exhibitions. The intern works closely with the education director and the curator to develop programs. The intern primarily focuses on programming linked to the upcoming exhibitions for the current season and the following two seasons.

  • Write texts for programs as needed
  • Assist in developing family guides, tours, lectures, and workshops for upcoming exhibitions
  • Assist in creating evaluation tools for temporary and permanent exhibitions
  • Research possibilities for the future growth of the education department
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Independent thinking and problem solving, while being a hands-on team player
  • Research skills
  • Knowledge of FileMaker and Microsoft Office helpful
  • Commitment of at least 10 to 20 hours a week for a minimum of three months.
  • Museum Studies student preferred, but not required

Development Intern

The intern works closely with the museum Director and/or Director of Development. The intern is exposed to all areas of development, with a particular emphasis on grant research, cultivation event planning, and membership. The intern assists in the research, development, writing, reporting and submission of grant proposals. The intern should depart with an expanded professional portfolio and with greater understanding of the organizational importance of development to the museum institution as a whole. Project ownership and facilitation are encouraged.

  • Assisting in writing proposals, letters of inquiry, and other communication with funders
  • Collection and submission of data for grant reports
  • General development-related tasks such as data entry and file organization
  • Providing concrete support in the production of grant proposals, fund solicitation, and organizational structuring.
  • Researching new grant and fundraiser possibilities
  • Planning cultivation events
  • Managing incoming memberships


  • Experience with databases (FileMaker preferred)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Reliability
  • Excellent organizational and research skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work during regular weekday business hours
  • Commitment of at least 8 to 20 hours a week for a minimum of three months.

To apply to one of the above positions, please provide:

  • Cover letter addressing what you can contribute to the Cartoon Art Museum, why you want to intern at the museum, and your expectations for your internship.
  • Resume or CV
  • Contact information for three personal or professional references (upon request)

The above can be submitted via MAIL:
Cartoon Art Museum
ATTN: Summerlea Kashar
781 Beach Street, Fl 1
San Francisco, CA 94109