Museum of Optics Internship | University of Arizona

Date Posted: 
Friday, April 29, 2022
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

Paid Internships for Undergraduate or Graduate Students, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Museum of Optics, College of Optical Sciences in Partnership with the School of Art 

UArizona's James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences in partnership with the Museum Studies Program in the School of Art is offering paid student internships in their Museum of Optics in the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters for either advanced undergraduate students or graduate students. We anticipate hiring two student interns to work on the collection of antique and historic telescopes, microscopes, lenses, and cameras dating from the 18th century to the present, housed in the Optical Sciences Building (Meinel) on the UA Mall.  

Under the overall supervision of Professor James Schwiegerling in Optical Science, one student will focus on the management of the collection, inventorying, cataloging, and updating the database with Professor Irene Bald Romano (Art History and Anthropology), while the other intern will work under the direction of Professor Carissa DiCindio (Art and Visual Culture Education) to develop educational materials and programs, including improving the website and other social media for the Museum of Optics.  

The rate of pay will be $15/hour for graduate students and $13/hour for undergraduates. We expect that students will enroll in three internship credits (45 hours x 3 = 135 hours for the semester) each semester in the School of Art and be on campus for in-person interaction. 


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student with prior coursework in art history, art education, anthropology, history, sciences, classics, or other relevant field
  • Interest in a museum career
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written work
  • Ability to work as a team member and take supervision
  • Experience handling or cataloging collections OR in museum education theory and practice
  • Availability for at least 10 hours per week (from 9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday) for a total of 135 hours for the semester (3 credits)

To apply for the positions, please send the following to both Dr. Romano ( and Dr. DiCindio ( by August 1, 2022: 

  • Statement of Interest, discussing your previous relevant experience and coursework and career plans, addressing the qualifications listed above;
  • Two recommendations from UA faculty or previous supervisor in a relevant job;
  • Updated resume;
  • Unofficial transcript(s)

We expect to notify students by mid-August 2022. For questions, please contact Dr. Romano or Dr. DiCindio.  

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences hosts one of the leading programs in optical sciences in the world, with research programs in optical engineering, optical physics, photonics, and image science, graduating students who become professors, research scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs around the globe. For the Museum of Optics see 

Art History and Art and Visual Culture Education in the School of Art are among the premier programs in the College of Fine Arts, offering B.A, M.A, and PhD degrees and jointly hosting a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Museum Studies students have pursued careers in museums as curators, educators, collections managers, registrars, among other fields. For the Museum Studies Certificate Program see