Student Guide Program

Student Guide Program Fall 2021-Spring 2022

During the Fall 2021 semester, Student Guide positions will be a combination of REMOTE and in-person.

What do we do? Student Guides research, develop, and lead their own tours on special exhibitions and the permanent collections using inquiry-based touring strategies to facilitate visitor experiences with art. This semester, Student Guides in the first year of the program will also assist with both in-person and virtual public programs at the Davis and may have the opportunity to create pre-recorded videos.

Why do we do it? Students join the Student Guide program because they are enthusiastic about sharing art and the Davis with others. Participation in the Student Guide program has many other benefits, including:

  • Behind-the-scenes experiences with Davis Museum curators and staff
  • Excellent preparation for arts, museum, and education careers
  • Training in object-based and informal learning
  • Fun and interesting way to meet and collaborate with fellow students

How do we do it? Student Guides receive regular training on the collections, temporary exhibitions, museum education theory, and touring strategies from Davis Museum curators and staff.

Student Guides in the first year of the program will participate in both year-long basic training and ongoing special exhibitions training. At the end of the first semester, new Student Guides are required to research and present an object from the permanent collection to their peers. During the second semester, new Student Guides will shadow tours and training will culminate in the presentation of a 45-minute long practice tour to peers and museum staff.

Student Guides are paid for training, tour preparation, leading tours, and facilitating programs.

Student Guides will be paid for 1.5 hours of preparation time per tour to include both research and practice in the galleries. Student Guides will also be paid 1.5 hours to lead a tour.

Interested students must apply to participate in the program through Workday by submitting a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Please note that seniors and juniors studying abroad are not eligible to apply to be new Student Guides, as students must complete a full year of training before leading tours.

When do we do it? New Student Guides participate in weekly training sessions during the academic year. Trained Student Guides participate in ongoing training sessions bi-weekly during the academic year. All trainings take place on Thursdays during Community Time from 1:15 pm-2:10 pm.

Trained Student Guides sign up to lead tours based on their availability; however, they must complete at least two tours per semester to remain in the program (with the exception of those studying abroad who have already completed their training).

Job Requirements:
REQUIRED: All Student Guides MUST be available for paid training on Thursdays during Community Time from 1:15 pm-2:10 pm during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters beginning September 17.

PREFERRED: Experience in the following areas: Teaching/Tutoring; Customer Service; and Public Speaking

Students of all majors are encouraged to apply!

Apply by submitting the required application materials by noon on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Questions? Contact Arthurina Fears, Curator of Education and Programs, at or 781-283-3045.