We are excited to be hosting our annual fundraiser for education programs, the Mission Creek Soiree, on Saturday, May 18. For this special event, the Museum Backyard, Santa Barbara Gallery, Mammal Hall, and Bird Halls are temporarily closed to the public. The Museum will close early at 3:30 PM. But don't worry, there's plenty more to explore all over campus, including a sneak peek of our new dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Forest!

Intern Gallery Evaluation


The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

Position Summary

The Gallery Evaluation Hearst Internship is an opportunity for a local college undergraduate student to collect observational data on guest interactions in the Museum’s three newly renovated exhibits: Mammal Hall; Bird Hall; and Santa Barbara Gallery. In completing the 100 hour internship, the Gallery Evaluation Intern will create a report that compares results from pre-renovation and post-renovation observations, and highlights trends in guest experience that occurs in each exhibit space.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Working with the Director of Exhibits and/or Education, learn and implement specific processes and procedures in observational gallery mapping.
  • Prepare blank gallery maps and resources needed before each observational session.
  • Record objective guest statistics to codify audiences engaging in each exhibit space.
  • Record stay-time(s) in the overall exhibit as well as at each exhibits interpretive panels, dioramas or interactives.
  • Record the path of travel that each guest(s) takes during their respective exhibit hall experience.
  • Record comments and conversations that can be documented (without bias) in each respective hall experience.
  • Compile and save all recorded data into a mechanism of data collection (e.g. Microsoft Excel).
  • Complete at least 20 hours of observational data collection in Mammal Hall.
  • Complete at least 20 hours of observational data collection in Bird Habitat Hall.
  • Complete at least 20 hours of observational data collection in Santa Barbara Gallery.
  • Survey guests (as needed) when observational evaluation becomes biased or impacted due to guest interaction.
  • Compare prior observational data to new data to articulate impacts of exhibit features over time.
  • Compile key findings on all gallery interactions, as well as comparative outcomes from previous observational mapping, into a synthesized report.
  • Prepare and describe findings to key Museum staff before conclusion of the internship.


Total internship is 100 hours.

Dedicated hours are flexible, but must occur and be completed between June-September 2019.

During each set of gallery observations, at least 10 total hours per gallery must be collected during a weekend day.

During each set of gallery observations, at least 10 total hours per gallery must be collected on a weekday.

Essential Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled in college.
  • Strong interest in data collection and evaluation.
  • Have experience working with Excel and/or other data collection mechanisms.
  • Be available from June through September (with some accommodation for finals)
  • Complete and be cleared through the Museum’s fingerprinting/background check requirements

Desired Skills

  • Strong knowledge and/or background in Museums or informal education organizations with visitor interpretation.
  • Experience conducting formal, observational evaluations.
  • Experience surveying people.

Work Environment

Work will be conducted in a shared office space in Exhibits; or in key galleries. The Intern will have access to a computer station in the Exhibits Office.

The incumbent must be able to perform each requirement of the position as outlined in the job description. Essential Requirements are representative and are essential for satisfactory job performance. The Work Environment characteristics are representative of those that may be encountered while on the job. The Museum will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

To apply click on this link