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Teen Internship

Do you think museums are boring? Change your perception while having fun exploring art and culture with other artistic teens at the Asian Art Museum!
Do you think museums are boring? Change your perception while having fun exploring art and culture with other artistic teens at the Asian Art Museum! The Asian Art Museum’s Art Speak internship engages youth through an art, education, and job preparedness program featuring a dynamic learning environment, real-world museum experience, interview skill building, and arts education practice. The Art Speak internship is not only fun but great for resumes and college applications. Download an application form.

Art Speak offers on-the-job training and stipends to four San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) youth in grades 10–12. Interns learn about art in the museum collection and gain knowledge of Asian art and cultural traditions. Interns interact with curatorial, marketing, and education staff to learn about museum operations and careers in the arts, and develop their leadership skills by working with the general public and interviewing local artists both established and emerging. Interns develop art-related content for family, school, and public programs, and manage social media for the museum’s free teen membership program (Teen Pass). 

The Art Speak internship is a paid nine-month experience that runs from September 2014–May 2015. Interns are onsite Thursdays after school and Sunday, with other weekend days as needed, and are expected to commit between six and eight hours each week. 

What Will You Do at the Museum?
  • Discover the art and cultural traditions of Asia and learn about special exhibitions, like: Roads of Arabia; Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Navigating the Floating World.
  • Develop hands on activities and other interpretive materials for learning about art in the museum’s collection
  • Support the bi-monthly Family Fun Day program, seasonal celebrations and other public programs 
  • Learn about the Bay Area arts scene and interview local artists 
  • Meet museum staff to learn about running a world-class museum 
  • Use your social media skills to build an online youth presence and generate interest in the museum’s free teen membership program, Teen Pass

Who’s Eligible?
  • SFUSD high school student in good standing in grades 10, 11 and 12
  • Interest in art, Asian culture, local artists, museums, social media, education, and customer service
  • Artistic, outgoing, reliable, responsible, self-motivated, independent, enthusiastic team players
  • Comfortable interacting with the public, enjoys public speaking, and likes working with kids and other teens
  • Committed to being at the museum six to eight hours a week

What’s in It for You?
  • Monthly paycheck based on the California minimum wage
  • Service learning credit through your school (if applicable)
  • Teen Pass membership—FREE yearlong museum members
  • Spending time with professional artists, museum staff, and o
  • Opportunities to expand your skill set and build your portfoli
  • Field trips to other museums and galleries
  • Rich experience for resumes, jobs, and college applications