Interested in Chinese art and culture? Consider volunteering for the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco!

All volunteers and interns will be trained extensively.  A great way to be involved with an Asian American arts and culture organization, learn about nonprofit management with a mid-size organization, and be involved with continuing our mission to preserve, promote, and influence Chinese and Chinese American art and culture.

Students are welcome and can receive credit. All positions are unpaid.

Applications for internships accepted on a rolling basis.

Internship Deadlines:

Spring (Feb-Apr): Dec 15

Summer (May-July): Apr 15

Fall (August-Oct): July 15

Winter (Nov-Jan): Oct 15

* We encourage early application for summer internships as positions fill quickly.

Available Positions:

The Chinese Culture Center is currently seeking volunteers and interns for the following areas:  Programs, Archive, Communications, Graphic Design, Education, Outreach, and Marketing & Merchandising.

Internships have a  minimum commitment of three months and must receive school credit.

To volunteer in Programs, Archive, Outreach, or Communications, we ask for a minimum commitment of 2 days in the office.


Program interns and volunteers will be most involved with the day to day management and maintenance of our Center, and will work closely with the Program & Exhibition Manager and Curator. This position is ideal for someone who wants to learn about the overall structure of the organization and interested in learning about the different roles.

Tasks and positions may include, but are not limited to:

Exhibitions: assist with planning exhibitions, opening receptions, film screenings and other visual arts related programming.

Administrative: learn and assist with basic office tasks, and work with the different programs in our organization (how to update our website, setup an event online, input data and emails to CCC database, edit flyers and other promotional materials).

Gallery: get trained in gallery operations and be the public face of the Center! Greet and interact with visitors, take calls, make sales, and learn about giving a tour with each exhibition.

Program: coordinate, develop, and maintain our educational programs; serve as a liaison between teachers, docents, and the public.

Membership: learn about development, maintaining membership and donor database.

Events: assist in planning and coordinating logistics for small and large-scale events.


Ideal for someone who is interested in learning about preserving the Chinese Culture Center’s history, learning about the visual arts and community movements of CCC within various departments and conducting archival research. The CCC Archives intern/volunteer will work closely with CCC staff to secure archival documents, catalog items in the archive and eventually make it accessible to the public.

The position involves digitizing archival materials and photographs, researching and reconstructing past programming at CCC through social media and migrating archival data to our various social media archives and website.

– excellent organizational and research skills
– willing to work with a hands –on team environment
– experience in documentation, photography, and image editing a plus
– Bi-lingual Cantonese or Mandarin and English a plus


The communications internship is ideal for someone interested in gaining experience in the development of the Chinese Culture Center’s various programs
through communications. The intern/volunteer will work closely with Program Assistant, Design Associate, and Program Manager to streamline the messaging and branding across all communication platforms, including social networks (i.e. facebook, twitter), e-newsletter, CCC website, other digital and print mediums. Other tasks include participating in brainstorming, updating media lists, press releases, press conferences, and press archiving. He or she will work with the staff to help print circulation throughout the city when available.

– excellent organization and research skills
– willing to work with a hands-on team environment
– skills needed is a proficiency in writing, working knowledge of Microsoft Excel & Microsoft Word
– Bi-lingual Cantonese or Mandarin and English highly preferred

Graphic Design

Day to day duties include: designing and editing ads, brochures, flyers, posters and other marketing material for events, exhibitions, receptions; updating and designing website as needed. Intern will work closely with our Design Associate.

As we launch new campaigns, you will work with CCC staff to develop brands to work under the larger CCC brand.


We are working on re-branding our gallery shop to include more local artists and vendors, contemporary art, and international artists. The ideal person is able to work independently, pitch new ideas, and set a marketing and merchandising plan. Must be able to work with our Gallery Shop Committee on products and vendors, overall layout and design, and enjoy attending fairs, trunk shows, and other events to source ideas. A great way to build experience and a portfolio. Please send a draft of your plan. Business or design-minded people are welcome!


The Chinese Culture Foundation (CCF) is seeking a Chinese American History Education Intern to assist with program development and delivery through the newly established Him Mark Lai Learning Center. The main goal of the Him Mark Lai Learning Center is to educate thousands of children, youth, and adults about the contributions that Chinatown has made to America. This project tells the very special story of Chinatown’s struggles for human rights and dignity: struggles that changed America’s understanding of the Constitution and the rights of all people. A secondary goal is to educate adult visitors as well.


Ideal for someone looking to connect and work with many organizations and get the word out about the Chinese Culture Foundation’s activities. The intern/volunteer will work closely with the Outreach Coordinator and Community Arts Coordinator to promote events and the Center’s activities. They will work on together on strategies for visibility- online and with a physical presence. Some overlap with the Communications intern duties.

Don’t have the time? We also have other volunteer opportunities!

PhotobucketEvents: interested in participating in community, art and culture events? Join us as an event staff. We host three major events, and many more throughout the year. Get on our Event email list, and we’ll email you on upcoming events. There’s always something for you to participate throughout the year!

Annual events: Spring Festival, Chinatown Music Festival, Winter Concert, XianRui exhibition reception, Present Tense Biennial Reception.

Gallery Volunteer: be the public face of the Center! Duties include: staffing the gallery shop desk, being on hand to answer visitor questions, leading small impromptu gallery tours. Hours are Tues-Sat, 10-4pm. One 6-hour shift per week.

Check out a video made by one our gallery docents for a school project!

Translator: We serve Chinatown and  the larger Chinese community in the Bay Area. All of our major communications are bilingual. Translate from English to Chinese or from Chinese to English, on site or remotely on an as needed basis. Must send written translation sample. Most projects are written. Some oral translations needed for events. Please note availability.

Graphic designer: Flexible schedule, you will receive credits as graphic designer. Duties include: designing and editing ads, brochures, flyers, posters and other marketing material.

Podcast producer/editor: video or audio taping events and seminars. Flexible schedule, you will receive credits as show producer and editor. Duties include: Operate DV and Audio recorder, Capture, and edit footage, Burn video and audio into DVD and upload footage or audio file on website.

JOIN OUR COMMITTEES: a small group of members that meet once a month.

Present Tense Committee: join this committee to plan talks, lectures, and other cultural activities hosted at the Center.

Gallery Shop Committee: join this committee to source new vendors and products, review products and consignment proposals, and design and layout for our art gallery shop. Must also staff gallery once a week and like attending trunk shows, fairs. Great if you love to shop and have a keen eye!


Hours of Operation

Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30-6:00pm, Saturdays 9:30-4:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Special events as scheduled


Application process: If you are interested, please fill out:
1) Download and fill out application,
2) Attach a resume
3) writing sample (no more than 2 pages)

Email all items to volunteer/at/ c-c-c.org, with the subject line: “General” or  in the area you are most interested (i.e. Graphic Design Volunteer).

For event staffing, please send a resume and email noting you would like to be on the “event email list” to [email protected]

請填妥下列表格,並連同履歷表,發送到[email protected]

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Heritage Walk Docents: Engage and share the Chinatown community through our heritage walking tour, “Dynasty to Democracy” and “A Tale of Two Chinatowns.” Here’ a chance to expose visitors to different perspectives of Chinatown and the Chinese American experience through our walks. Docents lead small groups of visitors and school groups on an educational walking tour through San Francisco’s Chinatown to promote a better understanding of the history of Chinatown, the Chinese American community, and the role and contributions of the Chinese people in America. Bilingual a plus but not required. For more information, see the Docent job description.

We are currently in need of Mandarin-speaking docents!

To apply, fill out the docent application, attach a resume, and email to tour/at/c-c-c/。org, with the subject line, “Docent Application.”

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