Internship FAQ

Q: What is OMCA Up?

A: OMCA-UP is a paid internship and apprenticeship program at the Oakland Museum of California. Through a rigorous cohort-learning program, OMCA-UP interns will gain exposure to a range of museum career opportunities and leadership skills.

Q: What are the requirements of the OMCA-UP program?

A: All interns and apprentices must be 18 or older at the time of hire. Interns must be a current college student or recent graduate within 6 months of hire date. Apprentices are not required to have any educational affiliation at time of hire. We value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, and gender expressions. Students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented are encouraged to apply.

Denoted opportunities are offered as either an internships or apprenticeships. If you are a current student, you will be hired as an intern. If you are not a current student, you will be hired as an apprentice. In either case, candidates will be interviewed in the same process, and if hired, will be a part of the OMCA-UP cohort.

Q: When are internships and/or apprenticeships offered?

A: Internships and apprenticeships are offered intermittently during Fall and Spring semesters at OMCA, and every Summer for 11 weeks, typically starting in June. Interns and apprentices must also commit to staying in touch through a defined process for two years post the internship.

Q: Are the internships and apprenticeships paid?

A: Yes, the interns and apprentices will receive an hourly pay rate, subject to all required taxes.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Please apply on the career website internship portal by the established deadline. When you apply, you will be promoted to complete a series of contact information questions, a brief internship application, and upload your resume and cover letter(s). As a part of your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What specific experience would you like to gain through this opportunity?
  • Why are you interested in an internship at OMCA?

Please contact if an accommodation is required. Applications will not be accepted beyond the established deadline which will end midnight EST the date of the deadline.

Q: May I apply for multiple internships and apprenticeships?

A: Yes, you may apply for multiple internships and apprenticeships. Please apply to each opportunity separately. Our recruitment platform allows for one resume upload per applicant profile. You may upload a separate cover letter for each internship opportunity you apply to, up to a maximum of 5 letters. The file name of the cover letter(s) must reflect the position title. For example: First&LastName.CuratorIntern. You may upload a revised resume or cover letter at any time.

Q: What is the recruitment process and timeline?

A: Recruitment for the Summer internship positions will begin in the Fall of each year. Once the application deadline posted has closed, the process will include screening of all completed applications and materials, phone screens, in person or video interviews, reference checks and background checks upon offer. We hope to fill all positions within six weeks of the posting deadline.

Q: How will I know my application has been received?

A: Applicants receive confirmation of receipt via email after the online application has been correctly submitted and the required materials uploaded.

Q: How will I know that I have been selected for an interview?

A: Applicants will be contacted starting AFTER the pre-stated deadline to apply by email or phone to schedule a date with the intern supervisor and interview panel. Interviews may be conducted in person, via web/video, or by phone.

Q: Will I be notified if I am not selected for an interview?

A: Yes; if your application isn’t being considered, you’ll be notified by email, starting after the pre-stated deadline to apply.

Q: Does the Museum accept international students?

A: Yes; international applicants are reviewed on an individual basis and must have applicable visa eligibility to participate in a US internship. International students are responsible for obtaining any necessary work authorization during the internship period.