Exhibit Experience Development Intern

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Oakland Museum of California


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Oakland, CA 94607

Job Description: 

The Oakland Museum of California strives to provide innovative learning opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds and areas of study that are interested in working with a multidisciplinary museum that puts visitors and community at the center of our work.


The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.


Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.


Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.


Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.


Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution's success.


Position Description: The Experience Development Intern will support the research, development and implementation of in-gallery visitor experiences such as object interpretation, interactive exhibits and visitor-contributed content opportunities.

Educational Objective:

Learn about the planning and development of museum exhibits, including:

  • Team roles and responsibilities
  • The phases of the development and design process
  • Strategies for meeting the needs of different types of learners and audiences, including ADA guidelines and interpretive approaches for informal learning environments
  • Strategies for interpreting art, history and natural science information to museum visitors in creative and engaging ways
  • Resources for further research and learning about museum exhibit development


Under the close supervision of the Associate Director of Experience Development, the intern will learn about and gain direct experience in:


  • Participating in exhibition and core gallery core teams and contributing to the development, implementation and documentation of gallery renewal or improvement projects;
  • Providing assistance with experience development projects including object, prop, image and media research;
  • Considering visitors of different ages, interests and abilities, and strategies for meeting their needs;
  • Participating in the development and testing of exhibit prototypes;
  • Contributing to exhibit Interpretive Plans; writing exhibit descriptions and experience briefs


  • Undergraduate (minimum two years matriculation) or graduate student in art, history, natural sciences, education, American studies or museum studies
  • Interested in people and how they learn
  • Excellent communication skills, experience writing



Work Environment and Physical Requirements:



While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • General office environment



  • Paid hourly rate
  • Free one year annual membership including cafe and store discounts
  • Cultural Connections Membership


We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.



The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.


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