Curatorial Intern – Seattle Art Museum

Title: Curatorial Intern
Department/Location: Curatorial, SAM Downtown
Staff Mentor: Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art; Collection and Provenance Associate

Learning Objectives: With a focus on the permanent collection, this curatorial internship serves as an opportunity to develop art historical research skills, gaining familiarity with SAM’s permanent collection.

Intern Tasks:

  • Conduct research related to artworks and artists in the museum’s collection
  • Organize research findings into short written reports
  • Contribute curatorial content to SAM Blog
  • Expected time commitment: average 10-15 hours/week, schedule is flexible within Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm office hoursQualifications:
  • 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 PacketPhysical Requirements:
    • Manual dexterity
    • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds


    • Working towards completion of Bachelor’s degree in art history or related field


Applications due: August 1, 2019
Applications are only accepted via the online form at

Each application should include:

  • Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted separately by the writer to
  • One writing sample (maximum 10 pages)