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Museum of Social Justice Internship Program

UCLA Department of History and Public History Initiative

In collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles, the Museum of Social Justice provides opportunities for students to develop practical skills, gain meaningful experience, and cultivate professional relationships, while providing important contributions to the diverse community that is Los Angeles.  At this time all internships are unpaid.

Students from UCLA interested in interning at the Museum of Social Justice should contact the museum directly.  After an interview, if there is a match they are accepted into the program.  UCLA History students (undergraduate or graduate) interested in receiving course credit for interning at the Museum of Social Justice should apply simultaneously to HistoryCorps–a project of the UCLA Department of History in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Community Learning.  HistoryCorps students must have Junior or Senior standing with a minimum of 3.25 GPA and should commit to work on history-related projects as part of their internship.  For more details, contact Marian Olivas (molivas@ucla.edu) at the Public History Initiative (http://phi.history.ucla.edu).  HistoryCorps interns must commit to a minimum of 80 hours over the course of the internship as well as complete the course readings and paper.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

In association with California State University, Los Angeles, the Museum of Social Justice provides unpaid internship opportunities for students to develop practical skills, gain meaningful experience, and cultivate professional relationships, while enriching the experience of visitors to historic Olvera Street and La Plaza, the birthplace of Los Angeles.

Museum of Social Justice internship opportunities are posted through the University’s Career Services.  Interested students can contact the Museum directly to schedule an interview.  When a student’s interests intersect with the goals of the museum, they are accepted into the program.  Students work under the supervision of Museum staff and members of the board of directors.  The length of the internship is dependent on the availability of the student and the length of the project.  Past interns have served as docents, worked on the Inaugural Exhibit, “Angeles on the Plaza”, the 2012 Annual fundraiser, and various research and fundraising projects.

Interns

Meet our new interns:

Sarah Amador, UCLA, 3rd year history major 

Sarah is a third year history major at UCLA and began at the Museum of Social Justice in the beginning of  Spring 2017.  As a Los Angeles native, she is grateful for the diverse culture and history of the city.  In her time as a docent, she hopes to connect her past studies of social activism and human rights to the history of Olvera Street.  This internship will give her an opportunity to better understand the needs of her community in relation to public history and social justice.

Sarah Amador

Sarah Amador

Gabriel Perez, UCLA, 3rd year history major

Since beginning my internship with the Museum of Social Justice I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge on some of the historical issues and social movements which took place in Los Angeles during the late 1960’s. One of the best aspects of interning with the museum is the opportunity to share the history of the community, incredible stories unbeknownst to some of the locals as they have been lost in the perpetual motion of time. As an aspiring educator, the time spent at the Museum of Social Justice has also provided me with the opportunity to engage with visitors, develop my own oratorical skills, lesson and lessons which I will apply to my own lecture styles in the future.

Gabriel Perez

Gabriel Perez

Niki Heer, UCLA, 4th year political science major

I am a fourth-year political science major at the University of California, Los Angeles. I was an intern during the summer of 2016 and was drawn to the Museum of Social Justice because it shares narratives that are not often widely discussed, recognizing different forms and movements of social justice through its exhibits.

Niki Heer

Niki Heer

Nancy Escalante, Cal State L.A., 4th year history major, Class of 2017

The Museum of Social Justice provided me a wonderful experience of growth, enrichment, and skills that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life. The work that I did at the MSJ was truly inspiring especially because of the hands-on work I did as an intern. What I enjoyed the most about the MSJ was the fact that it allowed me to be more than an intern; I was a docent, a research assistant, an educator, and a curator. This unconventional take on intern work let me try my hand at different aspects of museum work, which I know was possible because of the size of how closely I got to work with other interns, artists, and curators. My work at the Museum of Social Justice has solidified my interest in pursuing public history and museum work, and it has also helped me in attaining other museum-related internships. I am forever grateful for my experience at the Museum of Social Justice.

Nancy Escalante

Nancy Escalante

Isabelle Liu, UCLA, 3rd history major

I interned at the Museum of Social Justice through UCLA’s HistoryCorps program during the school year. Being able to docent at the museum and the church allowed me to interact with the public and learn about how museums or any small non-profits are run. It allowed me to learn about the history of La Plaza and the history of how social justice has been pursued throughout history. Also, working in La Plaza was very fun, with new events going on every day.

Isabella Liu

Isabella Liu

 

Katie Osterkamp, UCLA, 3rd year history major

Katie discovered the Museum of Social Justice through the HistoryCorps internship program at UCLA. As a history major, Katie was interested in how a museum was run, and wanted to further her passion for the field of Public History. During her internship in the summer of 2016, she was involved in a variety of different tasks, such as greeting visitors as a docent, writing and researching, and helping set up a new exhibit. With such a small staff, Katie really valued working closely with the directors who truly cared about the museum and its mission to represent different communities within Los Angeles’ efforts in fighting injustices. Graduating in 2018, she hopes to expand upon her interest in museum studies, as she really enjoys connecting people to their own history.

Katie Osterkamp

Katie Osterkamp

 

 

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