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As a Student Guide at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University and the Cantor Arts Center, you will be paid to give interactive tours of the museums to the public and to K-12 audiences. You’ll also be an integral member of a team dedicated to public engagement and museum education. Student Guides develop public speaking and visual literacy skills, facilitate conversations about contemporary issues, and have the opportunity to interact with experts from a wide variety of disciplines.


Course Content

Guides learn about the role of museums in society, art history, and best practices for engaging visitors in learning experiences. The course offers tools for building an effective tour experience and working with diverse audiences in museum spaces. Topics to be discussed include exhibition- and object-based learning, thinking with objects, artistic processes, K-12 education, and community partnerships.



Student Guides training requires the time commitment of a class. Meetings are every Monday of fall, winter, and spring quarters from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. These workshops include exercises in the museum galleries, field trips, and presentations by guest scholars, educators, and curators. Guides are expected to produce one short research paper each quarter.

Weekly attendance is required. Outside the meeting times, Guides are expected to complete reading, research, and writing assignments.

Students are expected to commit to the program for at least two years: one year of training and one year of touring. Guides will not be expected to meet every week once they’ve completed training.

Guides are paid a stipend of $600 for each quarter of training. Dinner is included during training. Once training is completed, Guides are paid on an hourly basis per tour given (rate is commensurate with the Stanford pay scale for students).


To apply

The Student Guides program is open to any Stanford student who can commit to two years: rising sophomores and juniors, rising seniors planning to co-term, and graduate and professional students.

Students with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with giving tours is not necessary. An art or art history background is also not necessary, though students should have a strong interest in the arts and in both the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

Deadline to apply is May 29, 2020 at 11:59pm.