Cal State LA’s Special Collections and Archives Student Assistant Program provides opportunities for Cal State LA students interested in the library science, archival and museum fields. Student assistants are paired with collections and projects related to their area of interest and field of study. Working closely with Special Collections staff, students build a program that aligns with their academic goals and interests.
Student assistants receive training in archival processing, special collections and archives research tools and have the opportunity to participate in public outreach by drafting blog and social media posts, and/or assisting with exhibits, tours, presentations, and events.
Past and current assistants come from a range of interdisciplinary academic backgrounds: Art and Graphic Design, Art History, Computer Science, English, History, Anthropology, Communications, Latin American Studies, and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies among others. They have worked, taken courses or interned at a range of local and national museums, libraries and cultural heritage institutions:
- The Getty Research Institute
- The Library of Congress
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA)
- The Autry Museum
- The Museum of Social Justice
- The Heritage Square Museum
- The Southwest Museum of the American Indian
- The University of Chicago Library, Preservation Department
- California Rare Book School (CalRBS)
- The Rare Book School (RBS).
Current Student Assistants:
Jocelyn Acosta, Anthropology Graduate Student
Cyrene Cruz, History Graduate Student
Bryce Van Ross, Mathematics Undergraduate Student
Arielle Steimer-Barragán, Latin American Studies Graduate Student
All applications must be submitted directly through Handshake. The position title is “Special Collections Assistant.”
We are currently not accepting applications.