“Landing an internship at the Oakland Museum of California was really a dream come true.” — Austen Wianecki-Wang

“How many graduate students can say that they gained direct, hands-on experience in collections work?”  — Breanne Batara 

Thank you for your interest. OMCA-UP applications for Summer 2020 will close February 21, 2020. 

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

We value our community’s diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, countries of origin, religions, and gender expressions, and also strongly encourage students whose backgrounds are traditionally underrepresented in the museum field to apply. 

Interns and apprentices receive behind-the-scenes experiences and participate in mentorships, hands-on trainings, and group activities. We also ask interns to make a mutual commitment to stay in touch with OMCA for two years after completion. 

Please review eligibility requirements in individual job descriptions and FAQs.

Internship Benefits

  • Annual membership to OMCA
  • Free admission to reciprocal museums 
  • Discounts in the OMCA Store and Blue Oak café
  • Participation in Institutional Membership benefits such as Cultural Connections, American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and more
  • Exclusive educational programs with preeminent artists and thinkers

Summer 2020 Details

  • Deadline to apply: February 21, 2020
  • Internship start date: June 15, 2020
  • Internships run 11 weeks, up to 25 hours per week
  • How to apply: Click ‘Apply Now’ at the bottom of this page to complete intern application, upload resume and cover letter(s). Please see FAQs for more information
  • All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application starting, after the deadline to apply (February 21, 2020)

Interested in learning more?
Read stories from past interns who received hands-on experiences at OMCA. Learn about Breanne Batara’s insights while working with the collection and Austen Wianecki-Wang’s discoveries in visitor feedback evaluations. You can also read a blog post by OMCA’s Director of Human Resources, Ayanna Reed, on what it means to create an equitable and inclusive intern program.

Learn more about the Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative.

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.

If reasonable accommodations are required to complete the application process, please email to request an accommodation.


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This program is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.