I know, I know. All the diligent boys and girls have already lined up incredible internships, summer jobs, and contracts with the circus. But if YOU are sitting there thinking, “gee, what I really want to do this summer is transform a sterile volunteer desk into a creativity lounge,” or “I’ve always wanted to develop a late night game show where people answer local history trivia and make art at the same time,” I have the opportunity for you.
- Website redesign. Ever wanted to build a museum website from scratch? A simple one, maybe using WordPress or Drupal? I know, lots of people get paid lots of money for this, but lots of people do it as volunteers, too. And I can promise you won’t be dealing with a bunch of department heads who all want real estate on the homepage or an exec who wants a sparkly unicorn of goofy features. Please help us. Our website is navigationally challenged. And if this sounds too big, we have lots of more specific technology projects (point of sale, interactive staircase) you could get involved with. You don’t have to be in Santa Cruz for this one.
- Creativity Lounges. Right now, we have landings on our second and third floors that feature a volunteer sitting behind a desk. That volunteer is usually bored, somewhat uncomfortable, and way more interesting than the desk implies. I want to get some used furniture and create “lounges” on these landings where volunteers can do crafts or history research with visitors in a comfortable setting. Like couches? This is the internship for you.
- Makers in the Lobby. We have a big, beautiful lobby. When we have events, it’s fabulous, but other times it can feel a bit cavernous and dead. I want to invite local artists, crafters, and people who practice historical folkways to come and demo/make/perform in the lobby on a regular basis. I’m looking for an intern who loves to coordinate with artists and feels just as comfortable sweet-talking a ukelele band into giving a demonstration as he does cleaning up from a surfboard shaping afternoon.
- Late night programming. This one is wide open. I’d like to start a late night program series focused on working adults, and I’m really open as to what that looks like. It could be a game show. It could be a tag-team art/history lecture series. It could be an exhibit jam. It could be an urban history scavenger hunt. It could be whatever you are thinking about right now.
- Family days. Right now, we have monthly family art activities. They’re good, but we could do better. We have an amazing plaza right outside the lobby and I’d love to find someone who wants to create incredible programming out there–chalk art murals, making music with unusual items, fort-building…