Internships

After students finish the academic year of course work, they gain additional experience by completing a minimum of ten weeks as an intern with a museum, aquarium, university, zoological or botanical institution, magazine, newspaper, or graphic arts studio.

These internships provide students with the opportunity to practice and refine the illustration techniques they have learned in class and to develop the kind of independence, perseverance, and interpersonal skills needed to complete substantial projects in a real-world setting. Internships provide a crucial dimension of the program, for they make possible the firsthand experience of fast-paced urban professional life that a serious student of science illustration needs in balance with the careful attention to craft emphasized in the program.

Past graduates have served as interns at the following institutions:

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Red Panda by Mary Williams

Internship Host List

  • Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. - Menlo Park, CA
  • Alaska Sea Life Center - Seward, AK
  • Alexander Lindsay Junior Museum - Walnut Creek, CA
  • American Geosciences Institute - Alexandria, VA
  • American Museum of Natural History - New York City, NY
  • American Precision Museum - Windsor, VT
  • American Scientist magazine - Durham, NC
  • Annual Reviews of Science - Palo Alto, CA
  • Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum - Tuscon, AZ
  • Archipelago Productions - Monterey, CA
  • Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach, CA
  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo - Bermuda
  • BioSystems Books - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Bishop Museum - Honolulu, HI
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - Brooklyn, NY
  • Bryce Canyon National Park - UT
  • Bureau of Land Management - Hollister, CA
  • California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, CA
  • California Native Plant Society - Sacramento, CA
  • California Science Center - Los Angeles, CA
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Center for American Archaeology - Kampsville, IL
  • Centre ValBio, Ranomafana National Park - Madgascar
  • Colorado National Monument - CO
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
  • Denver Zoo - Denver, CO
  • Denver Botanic Garden - Denver, CO
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Denver, CO
  • District Archaeology Museum, Archaeological dig - Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Disney Interactive - Anaheim, CA
  • Draper Museum of Natural History - Cody, WY
  • Earth magazine - Alexandria, VA
  • ELOS Communication - Boulder, CO
  • Essig Museum of Entomology - University of California, Berkeley
  • Exploratorium magazine - San Francisco, CA
  • Filoli Gardens - Woodside, CA
  • Field Museum - Chicago, IL
  • Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington - Friday Harbor, WA
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Gatlinburg, TN
  • Greatwave - Scotts Valley, CA
  • Harcourt College Publishing Company
  • Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology - Cambridge, MA
  • Heyday Books - Berkeley, CA
  • Hopkins Marine Station - Pacific Grove, CA
  • Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA
  • Jepson Herbarium, University of California - Berkeley, CA
  • Johns Hopkins Facial Prosthetics Clinic - Baltimore, MD
  • Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, UC Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Koch Studios - Felton, CA
  • Krames, Patient Education - San Bruno, CA
  • LAC+USC Medical Center, Division of Acute Care Surgery - Los Angeles, CA
  • Life Lab, UC Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Livermore Parks Department - CA
  • Los Angeles Museum of Natural History - CA
  • LucasArts Entertainment Company - San Rafael, CA
  • Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences - MA
  • Marine World/Africa USA - Vallejo, CA
  • Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute, University College - Galway, Ireland
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, CA
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) - Moss Landing, CA
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary - CA
  • Mote Marine Laboratory - Sarasota, FL
  • Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ
  • National Gardening Association - VT
  • National Park Service, Channel Islands National Park - CA
  • National Geographic magazine - Washington, DC
  • National Zoo - Washington, DC
  • Natural History magazine - New York City, NY
  • Natural History magazine - New York City, NY
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - CA
  • Natural History Museum of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT
  • New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago - New Zealand
  • Naturkkundemuseum - Berlin, Germany
  • NOAA, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument - HI
  • Oakland Museum - Oakland, CA
  • Oregon Zoo - Portland, OR
  • Organic Gardening magazine - Rodale Press, NY
  • Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology - Orkney, Scotland
  • Perry Museum Services - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Pierwatch - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Pinnacles Condor Recovery Program - Pinnacle National Monument, CA
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium - Tacoma, WA
  • Presidio Trust - San Francisco, CA
  • Queensland Museum - South Brisbane, Australia
  • Ranger Rick magazine - VA
  • Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew - UK
  • Rio Grande Biological Park - Albuquerque, NM
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center - San Diego, CA
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Santa Barbara, CA
  • San Juan Bautista Mission Museum - CA
  • Santa Rosa Press Democrat - CA
  • Science World magazine
  • Scientific American magazine - NY
  • Scientific American’s Exploration magazine - NY
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography - La Jolla, CA
  • Seattle Audubon Society - WA
  • Sequoia National Park - CA
  • Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, IL
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve - Sri Lanka
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - Annapolis, MD
  • Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C.
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Panama
  • South Australian Museum - Adelaide, Australia
  • Southeast Aquatic Research Institute - GA
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center - Stanford, CA
  • SuperTutor - Sunnyvale, CA
  • The Salinas Californian - Salinas, CA
  • Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - Boston, MA
  • University of Illinois, Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office - Annapolis, MD
  • Visual Art Services, Stanford University - Stanford, CA
  • West Office Exhibits - San Francisco, CA
  • Wild Earth magazine - VT
  • Wilderness Graphics - Tallahassee, FL
  • Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory - Woods Hole, MA
  • Wrangell Mountains Center - Glenallen, AK
  • Wrangell-ST. Elias National Preserve in Kennecott National Historic Landmark - AK.
  • Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History and Education, Inc.
  • Yosemite National Park - CA