Seattle Art Museum Internship (Curatorial)

 Seattle Art Museum Unpaid Internship 

Title: Curatorial Intern
Department/Location: Curatorial

Staff Mentor: Collections Coordinator, Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art

Learning Objectives: This internship will offer an introduction to curatorial work in a major museum and will serve as an opportunity to develop art research and writing skills while gaining familiarity with SAM’s collection.

Intern Tasks:

 Produce researched essays to build museum records and/or contribute curatorial content to SAM Blog

 Contribute to continual updating and maintenance of records for artworks in the museum’s collection

 Expected time commitment: average 10-15 hours/week, schedule is flexible within Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm office hours


  •  Research skills demonstrable from education and/or work history
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively
  •  Evident interest in pursuing museum work
  •  Ability to work with staff and volunteers in a professional manner on a variety of tasks
  •  Ability to communicate effectively to staff, volunteers and public
  •  Basic filing, typing and computer skills
  •  Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work
  •  Abide by the Standards for Museum Volunteers/Interns as outlined in the Volunteer/Intern Packet

Physical Requirements

 – Manual dexterity
– Ability to lift up to 20 pounds


  •  Working towards or completed Bachelor’s degree in art history or related field


Mail: Manager of Volunteer Programs
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue

Seattle WA 98101-2003


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